NEWS ARCHIVE 2006

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17 December 2006

Detroit-based metallers HALLOWEEN have been confirmed for the the 2007 edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 13-14, 2007 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AVENGER, BEYOND FALLEN, THE BLACK, BULLET, HALLOWEEN, HOLLOW GROUND, KAOS, KILLINGSWORTH, KNIGHT ERRANT, MOONSORROW, PARAGON, RAGE, RAVEN BLACK NIGHT, SINNER, VENGEANCE, WARNING SF, WRETCH

17 December 2006

Head here to check out new band shots of THE CURSED, the new band featuring Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (vocals, OVERKILL), Dan Lorenzo (guitar, HADES), Mike Cristi (drums, NON-FICTION) and Job the Raver (bass, MURDER 1).
The band have finished the recordings for their debut album, working title "Room Full Of Sinners", due out in early 2007 via Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Songs to be featured on The Cursed debut: 'Sweeter', 'Evil, In The Bag', 'Breaking Her Down', 'Best Of The Worst', 'Native Tongue', 'Serpentine Slither', 'All's Right', 'Leven Als God In Frankrijk' (English translation: 'Live as God In France'), 'One Time', 'Queen Of The Down', 'Generate Her'.

17 December 2006

Powerhouse heavy metal vocalist ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) will enter the studio in January 2007 to begin recording his fourth solo album. "No album title has been decided yet but we are definitely planning a 2007 worldwide release," reads a posting on Rock's web site. "The songwriting process is well underway already and the album promises to be another scorcher! Again, Rob is collaborating with songmaster Roy Z. [HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, JUDAS PRIEST] and mixmaster Jacob Hansen [RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR] so be prepared for a strong follow-up to the 'Holy Hell' album."

17 December 2006

Escapi Music has set a February 23, 2007 release date for a live METAL CHURCH DVD featuring the band's now 1991 performance at the Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven, Holland. The footage features the band touring in support of its "The Human Factor" album with the following lineup:
Mike Howe (vocals)
Craig Marshall (guitars)
Craig Wells (guitars)
Duke Erickson (bass)
Kirk Arrington (drums)

17 December 2006

SPV/Steamhammer has set a March 5, 2007 European release date for the new album from British metal veterans SAXON, entitled "The Inner Sanctum". The label will also release SAXON's new double live DVD, entitled "To Hell and Back Again".

17 December 2006

PATHS OF POSSESSION, the Florida-based band fronted by CANNIBAL CORPSE vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, will enter Mana Recording Studios in January 2007 to record its sophomore album, tentatively titled "The End of the Hour".
PATHS OF POSSESSION's debut album, "Promises in Blood", (see Archive CD/DVD Reviews) was released in October 2005 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in Tampa, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL).

17 December 2006

MASTERPLAN will issue a new EP entitled "Lost And Gone" through AFM Records on January 26th. It will be the band's first release with their new line-up featuring Mike DiMeo (RIOT/vocals), Roland Grapow (guitars), Mike Terrana (ex-RAGE/drums), Jan S. Eckert (bass) and Axel Mackenrott (keyboards). Their fulll length studio album will be released in February; a concrete date is expected to be revealed soon. MASTERPLAN and ROSE TATTOO will be on the tour supporting SAXON starting in February.

17 December 2006

EVERGREY have recently returned to their rehearsal studios to prepare their next studio album. The new album is currently scheduled to begin recording in February through March with a tentative release date set for May 2007. Tom Englund (vocals/guitar) has commented about the material by saying, "So far the material sounds about the heaviest and darkest we have released to date."

17 December 2006

MICHAEL KISKE (ex-HELLOWEEN) will rearrange and re-record all of the songs that he wrote with his old band Helloween for an upcoming CD which will be released next year through Frontiers Records. This is the tracklisting for the new album: 'We Got The Right', 'A Little Time', 'Kids Of The Century', 'Goin' Home', 'You Always Walk Alone', 'When The Sinner', 'I Believe', 'Longing', 'In The Night', 'Your Turn' + a new song.

17 December 2006

Marquee Records has reissued SACRIFICE's third release, "Soldiers Of Misfortune".
This official reissue from the legendary Canadian thrashers comes as a double CD in a limited, hand numbered slipcase edition. The set includes a massive booklet with liner notes by Laurent Ramadier, live pictures and personal comments by Joe Rico, Rob Urbinati, Scott Watts and Gus Pynn. 32 songs total, including one complete gig, all remastered from the originals in 24 Bits by Sidney Sohn (NASTY SAVAGE, IRON ANGEL).
Note from Marquee Records: The first 300 copies of the "Soldiers Of Misfortune" reissue have a minor printing error (two pages of the booklet are in the wrong order). However, the other copies are having their booklets re-printed, and won't have the error. Thus, if you want to have one of these soon-to-be rare "wrong" copies, purchase yours as soon as possible. But if you prefer to acquire a "perfect" copy, we'll have to wait for the arrival of the new booklets to ship your copy.

17 December 2006

Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have confirmed the following release dates for their new album, "In Sorte Diaboli": May 4th in Germany, May 7th rest of Europe and May 8th in North America via Nuclear Blast.
The album was produced by Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten. Mastering duties were taken care of by Russ Russell at an undisclosed location in the UK.

8 December 2006

BLESSED DEATH will soon be releasing their third record on CD titled "HOUR OF PAIN". This is the rumored "previously unreleased" third album that was recorded by all the original band members back in 1991. The CD is being released independently by BLESSED DEATH themselves, and will be available for sale WORLD WIDE on or about December 22, 2006.
There are 2 songs from the new Blessed Death release "Hour of Pain", available for free download on the downloads page of their website.


8 December 2006

SIEGES EVEN have been confirmed as one of the headliners of the Prog-Power Europe festival 2007, set to take place October 5-7, 2007 in Baarlo, Netherlands. The band will play at Prog-Power Europe on Oct. 7, 2007.

Also scheduled to appear are [co-headliner] JOHN OLIVIA'S PAIN, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, DREAMSCAPE, HEAVEN'S CRY, MECHANICAL POET, MEYVN.

8 December 2006

Italy's LABYRINTH have signed with Scarlet Records.
Says the label, "It's finally confirmed that Labyrinth, one of Europe's leading and most acclaimed metal acts, signed a deal with Scarlet Records.
The band, who's debut mini-album "Piece Of Time" dates back to 1995, emerged immediately after as one of the most talented of their time, signing an important deal with Metal Blade Records and releasing the classic album "Return To Heaven Denied" (1998), a real masterpiece that allowed them to reach unbelievable sales results.
"6 Days To Nowhere" is the confirmed title for Labyrinth's sixth full-length album, expected for next February on Scarlet (with an exception for the Italian and Asian markets) and already described as another step forward for a band which is capable to mix powerful guitars and great melodies always maintaining high musical standards and innovative ideas. The mastering took place at famous Abbey Road Studios in London, UK, and contains a cover version of THE BEATLES' classic 'Come Together'.

8 December 2006

Sam Kress, the original vocalist of acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN, passed away several days ago. The cause of his death has not been released.

8 December 2006

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

8 December 2006

Dutch-based metalband CEREMONY OF OPPOSITES will enter the studio in December to record her first full-length CD. The CD will be the successor of the demo 'The Fear Within' and has got the working-title 'Death's Dominion'. The CD will be recorded at the Edisound Studios in Tilburg and will be released independantly in the beginning of 2007. The band will post studioreports of their progress in the studio on their website.(www.ceremony-of-opposites.com)

8 December 2006

German power metallers MESSIAH'S KISS have confirmed the following release dates for their new album, "Dragonheart: "
Germany: February 23rd, 2007, Europe: February 26th, 2007, USA: tba 2007.
Due out via SPV, "Dragonheart" was mixed by Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY) at the Arena 20 Studio in Hannover, Germany.

8 December 2006

Germany's Gods of Thrash, KREATOR have confirmed that they will team up with CELTIC FROST for a European tour beginning in early March.

Mar. 08 - Köln, Geremany @ Live Music Hall
Mar. 09 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Hof Ter Lo
Mar. 10 - Herhugowaard, Netherlands @ De Waerdsetempel
Mar. 11 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
Mar. 13 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
Mar. 14 - Bradford, UK @ Rio
Mar. 15 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
Mar. 16 - Cardiff, UK @ Souls
Mar. 17 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Mar. 18 - London, UK @ Koko
Mar. 20 - Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
Mar. 21 - Bordeaux, France @ Theatre Barbey
Mar. 22 - Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Mar. 23 - Bilbao, Spain @ Rockstar
Mar. 24 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 1
Mar. 26 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
Mar. 27 - Milan, ITA @ Rolling Stone
Mar. 28 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Longhorn
Mar. 29 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
Mar. 31 - Oslo, Norway @ Betong
Apr. 01 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Trädtgarn
Apr. 02 - Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Apr. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Arenan
Apr. 04 - Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
Apr. 05 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle

8 December 2006

Brazilian death metallers KRISIUN will team up with IMMOLATION for a European co-headlining tour in May/June. Also appearing on the bill will be ABORTED. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

1 December 2006

According to a brand-new posting on JAG PANZER's official web site, the Colorado-based power metal veterans are in the planning stages of recording a new double live album. The CD will be recorded and released in 2007. More information will be made available soon.
Back in August 2006, JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody had the following to say regarding the band's long-awaited live CD release:
"Things are progressing VERY well in preparing for the live album. Lots of help from Century Media and an A+ concert promoter I'll name when the details are finalized. I will say this: No one has EVER seen a JAG PANZER show like this one. Every show we've done in the past years has been done with shoestring budgets and minimal gear (whatever we could check on a plane). This will be a full-on headlining show — all your favorite PANZER tunes, special merch, tons of gear and other surprises."
According to Briody, JAG PANZER releases will figure prominently in Century Media's yearly "10-Year Reissues" series. Since 2007 is the 10-year anniversary of "The Fourth Judgement", look for a "very cool new version" of that album next year, according to the guitarist. Plans include a new cover, remaster, inclusion of the original demo tracks, liner notes and photos.
JAG PANZER's last studio album, "Casting the Stones", was released in October 2004 via Century Media. Said to be "a more aggressive version" of 2001's "Mechanized Warfare", the CD was recorded in part at Tampa's Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris.

1 December 2006

Veteran power metallers OMEN are currently working on their newest CD, "Hammer Damage", to be released in 2007. In the meantime, the group is looking to schedule select festival appearances and shows in 2007. If you are interested in booking a date with OMEN, please send a request to AListMusic@yahoo.com.
OMEN's current lineup consists of founding member Kenny Powell (guitar) along with PHANTOM-X members Kevin Goocher (vocals), Danny White (drums) and Glenn Malicki (bass). Plans also exist for the group to release a new live CD featuring live recordings from the "Eternal Black Dawn" lineup, as well as bonus live tracks from 1986 featuring the original lineup (with original vocalist, JD Kimball, who passed away in 2003).
OMEN's last studio album, "Eternal Black Dawn", came out in 2003 via Mausoleum Records.

1 December 2006

Escape Records will reissue CLOVEN HOOF's classic power metal albums "Dominator" (1988) and "A Sultan's Ransom" (1989) as part of a boxed double album deluxe set. Two bonus tracks are included, along with a glossy booklet containing rare archive pictures.
CLOVEN HOOF were recently rejoined by vocalist Russ North. "After endless rumours and speculation CLOVEN HOOF can confirm the main frontman has returned to the fold at last," the group wrote on its web site. "Russ has been previously unable to commit fully to the band due to contractual obligations in Spain. However these have been resolved and he has rejoind the band in England to start work on the follow up album to 'Eye of the Sun'.
"Jon Brown [drums] and Roy Chudobskyi [guitar] have been approached to rejoin the group to start work on the latest album demos. The opus will be called 'Throne of Damnation'. Lee Payne said it will be a return to 'A Sultan's Ransom' epic power, but with a modern cutting edge."
"Eye of the Sun" was produced by Tom Galley of the PHENOMENA fame, who has previously worked with such high-caliber musicians as Brian May, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, John Thomas, Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley, Don Airey, Ray Gillen, and Scott Gorham.

1 December 2006

IRON FIRE are currently putting the finishing touches to their latest Power Metal work Blade of Triumph in Fredman Studios under the expertise of sound engineer Fredrik Nordstrom (At the Gates, Dark Tranquility, In Flames). Band leader Martin Steene had this to say about the new material: "it will be full blown warrior metal to the bone".

1 December 2006

LOUDNESS have tapped famous producer Eddie Kramer (JIMI HENDRIX, LED ZEPPELIN, ROLLING STONES, SANTANA, SMALL FACES, DAVID BOWIE, THE BEATLES) to produce their new CD. Loudness' new album will be released on December 27th and it celebrates the bands 25th anniversary. Actually, the band's "official" 25th anniversary is November 25th, and they will be playing a concert that day in Japan which is rumored to be filmed for a future DVD release.

1 December 2006

TRAIL OF TEARS have called it quits! Here's the stament from the band: " It is with great regret that we announce that Jonathan, Kjell, Runar and Kjetil yesterday (November 28th, 2006) left Trail of Tears. The decision was taken with immediate effect, and thus the band does not longer excist. Trail of Tears will therefore have to cancel all forthcoming shows, including the Xmas Metalfest tour dates in December, and we sincerely appologize for any inconvenience this might lead to. We would like to thank everybody that has supported the band from the start 10 years ago, and of course especially our loyal fans all over the world. There was no longer the neccessary desire and energy left in the band to continue. And everything has an end. Yours sincerely, Jonathan Perez, Kjell Hagen, Runar Hansen and Kjetil Nordhus".

1 December 2006

The original lineup of thrashers SACRED REICH will reunite for severeal shows in Europe next summer. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows:

Lineup: Phil Rind (bass, vocals), Wiley Arnett (lead guitar), Jason Rainey (rhythm guitar), Greg Hall (drums)

Tourdates:
Jul. 29 - Underworld – London, UK
Aug. 01 - Hof Ter Loo – Antwerp, BEL
Aug. 02 - Dynamo Club – Eindhoven, NETH
Aug. 04 - Wacken Open Air – Wacken, GER

1 December 2006

US power metallers HEIR APPARENT have posted concert video their recent shows in Germany and Greece.

November 4 - Keep It True VII Festival in Dittigheim, Germany: 'Keeper Of The Reign'.
November 5 - The Underworld in Athens, Greece: 'Tear Down The Walls'.

The current Heir Apparent lineup includes: Peter Orullian (vocals), Terry Gorle (guitars), Bobby Ferkovich (bass), Op Sakiya (keyboards) and Jeffrey McCormack (drums). For the downloads & more news on the band, visit their website at www.heirapparent.com.

1 December 2006

Finnish melodic metallers EXCALION have signed a worldwide licensing deal for the forthcoming album "Waterlines" with Limb Music. The actual release date is not yet confirmed but it will be in February 2007.
"Waterlines" was recorded and mixed in Watercastle Studio by Arttu Sarvanne in May, 2006. The album was produced by Excalion and mastered in Digital Audio by Jon Blamire in June.
The album will include the following tracklisting: 'Wingman', 'Life On Fire', 'Losing Time', 'Ivory Tower', 'I Failed You', 'Arriving As The Dark', 'Streams Of Madness', 'Delta Sunrise', 'Between The lines', 'Soaking Ground', 'Yövartio' (European bonus track, Finnish version of the track 'Arriving As The Dark') 'Access Denied' (Japanese bonus track). The artwork for "Waterlines" (pictured) was created by Jason Juta.

23 November 2006

The 2007 edition of Germany's Bang Your Head festival (see LINKS) is scheduled for June 22nd - 23rd at Messegelände in Balingen (Germany).

The latest acts confirmed for the festival include AMON AMARTH and POWERMAD.

Acts on the bill now include: AMON AMARTH, POWERMAD, GIRLSCHOOL, EVERGREY, STEELHEART, NAZARETH, FINNTROLL, THUNDER, PRAYING MANTIS, MYSTIC PROPHECY, EDGUY, BRAINSTORM, MERCENARY.
More bands will be announced soon.

23 November 2006

DESTRUCTOR's new as-yet-untitled full-length CD will be released on Auburn Records in April to coincide with the Keep It True festival performance. The band are currently working in Metro Sync and Noise Floor studios in Cleveland with producer Don Depew (BREAKER guitarist) finishing up the new recordings.
Destructor have just returned from a short tour with Canadian underground legends Piledriver that took the band to New York, Boston, Montreal and Quebec City.

23 November 2006

Earache Records have issued a reminder that the limited edition re-release of BIOMECHANICAL's debut album, "The Empires Of The Worlds" (featuring their cover of the JUDAS PRIEST classic 'Painkiller') is now available. The cover of 'Painkiller' was recorded over three days with the track's original producer Chris Tsangarides, at his own studio in Dover, UK.
Singer John K (ex- Balance of Power) from Biomechanical recently spoke about his appreciation of the track, which has featured as a highlight of the band's set for some time, stating: "When the song was first introduced to the scene in 1990 it blew everything out of the water, it was an instant classic and sure withstood the test of time. We're really glad to be able to do homage to the original."
The limited edition redux of "The Empires Of The Worlds" also includes 3 bonus Quicktime Videos including behind the scenes footage of the band in the studio and on location filming their promo clip last year.

23 November 2006

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have recruited drummer Marthus (real name: Martin Škaroupka) to replace Adrian Erlandsson. Martin was born in the Czech Republic and has previously played with Galactic Industry and Inner Fear, among other bands.

14 November 2006

Greek power metallers INNER WISH, Italian trashers HYADES and the dutch bands CRUSTACEAN & ALTER EGO X are the next confirmations for next year's installment of the Tilburg Headbangers Fest, set to take place September 29, 2007 at Cafe Extase in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

The line-up is now as follows: GUN BARREL, INNERWISH, HYADES, CRUSTACEAN & ALTER EGO X.
More bands to be announced soon........

The festival is co-organised & sponsored by Mario's Metal Mania webzine.
For more info visit the THF website.

14 November 2006

U.S. power metal legends RUFFIANS will be on tour in Europe this month in support of their new album "Desert Of Tears", available December 6th via OSM Records.
Dates include:

November
16 - Sounds - Lubeck, Germany
17 - Headbangers Ballroom Hamburg, Germany
18 - Gloppe - Leeuwarden, Netherlands
19 - Bat Cave - Tilburg, Netherlands (with DJ Mario from MMM)
20 - Negasonic - Aalst, Belgium
22 - Rock City - Zürich, Switzerland
23 - Schwimmbad Musik Club - Heidelberg, Germany
24 - Die Halle - Frankfurt, Germany
25 - Metal Forces Festival X - Lörrach, Germany

14 November 2006

Saturday December 2nd the 2nd edition of "Women In Rock Festival" takes place.
Yes, only bands will play with female singers or all female bands !!

Line up; THE RIPLETS, LA VENTURA, GROOVER, LOST INSANITY, DELPHIAN, LA GRACE and HELLS BELLES.

HellsBelles is THE all female AC/DC Tribute band. Besides music there is a mini-skate-ramp, a mini-metal-market and erotic dans-acts.

Location; Sporthal Haestinge te St.Maartensdijk.
Open; 1600hr. Tickets; 5 euro pre-sale, 8 euro at venue.
More information at; www.tholenrockt.nl.

14 November 2006

Italian progressive-aggressive metal band ELDRITCH will enter Bigwave studios on December 1 to begin recording its seventh album, entitled "Blackenday". According to a posting on the group's web site, "the cover artwork this time will be totally different than all the previous releases. It'll be done by Nerve Design (Italy) and it's more a photo work instead of something abstract."

ELDRITCH recorded its gigs in Livorno and Milano on October 6-7 for a possible live CD. The band's sixth album, "Neighbourhell", was released this past February. The recordings for the follow-up to 2004's "Portrait of the Abyss Within" were done between April and June 2005 in three different studios (Syncropain, Bigwave and Eldritch studios), while the mastering was handled by Christian Schmid and R.D. Liapakis at Music Factory in Germany. The artwork was conceived by Dirk Illing for X-M-D.
The band made its U.S. live debut at the Chicago Powerfest 2006. The fourth annual metal fest featuring both veteran and up-and-coming bands from various sub-genres of metal was held April 7-8 in Chicago Heights, IL.

14 November 2006

'80s Los Angeles heavy metal legends MALICE have been resurrected by the three original guitar slingers (Mick Zane, Jay Reynolds and Mark Behn) with Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, MICHAEL SCHENKER) on drums and newfound vocal sensation Brian Allen fronting the band. Immediate plans include European festivals in summer 2007 and a new record on an as-yet-undetermined label.
MALICE's two Atlantic releases — "In The Beginning" and "License to Kill" — are available Stateside on WEA label Wounded Bird and have continued to sell over the years. The band also plans to release several live DVDs from the '80s and possibly a retrospective of past demos and unreleased songs.
MALICE guitarist Jay Reynolds is currently a member of METAL CHURCH.

14 November 2006

Reformed German thrashers ASSASSIN will enter the studio in January 2007 to begin recording its fourth album, tentatively due next spring. A European tour will follow between April 20 and May 10. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
As previously reported, ASSASSIN is currently seeking a bassist for studio work and live shows. Interested parties can contact the group at info@assassin-online.de.
ASSASSIN earlier in the year inked a deal with Marquee Records to have its first two albums (1987's "The Upcoming Terror" and 1988's "Interstellar Experience") distributed in North/South America and Japan. The band's long-awaited third offering, "The Club", is currently available for order via its official web site.

14 November 2006

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza have joined forces in a brand new project called DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP). The band, which also features such other San Francisco Bay Area notables as Phil Demmel (guitar; MACHINE HEAD, ex-VIO-LENCE) and Willy Langenhuizen (bass; RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT), is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its debut album, due in 2007.
The group's complete lineup is as follows:

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/dublindeathpatrol.

14 November 2006

CRUMBSUCKERS drummer Dan Richardson (LIFE OF AGONY, PRO-PAIN, STEREOMUD) will be forced to sit out the band's upcoming tour of Europe in February due to work commitments. The legendary New York hardcore/metal act is expected to announce a temporary replacement soon.
CRUMBSUCKERS will tour Europe in February along with guests THE ACCUSED, EXTREME NOISE TERROR and DRILLER KILLER. The tentative routing for the trek is as follows (exact cities and venues will be announced later):

CRUMBSUCKERS and THE ACCUSED:
Feb. 05 - U.K.
Feb. 06 - France
Feb. 07 - Belgium
Feb. 08 - Holland
Feb. 09 - Holland
Feb. 10 - Germany
Feb. 11 - Germany

CRUMBSUCKERS, THE ACCUSED, EXTREME NOISE TERROR and DRILLER KILLER:
Feb. 12 - Germany
Feb. 13 - Germany
Feb. 14 - Germany
Feb. 15 - Austria
Feb. 16 - Germany
Feb. 17 - Switzerland

CRUMBSUCKERS reunited for a special show on August 3, 2006 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City to mark the 20th anniversary of their classic "Life of Dreams" release. Original members Meskil, Chris Notaro (vocals), Chuck Lenihan (guitar; GENITORTURERS), and Richardson were accompanied by PRO-PAIN's Tom Klimchuck during the concert, which featured support from SUBZERO, IRONBOUND NYC (featuring members of SICK OF IT ALL, KILLING TIME, MAXIMUM PENALTY, STRAIGHT AHEAD and NAUSEA) and CAR BOMB.
CRUMBSUCKERS released two full-length albums through the Combat label — 1986's "Life of Dreams" and 1988's "Beast On My Back" — before finally calling it a day in the early Nineties. Several members embarked on a melodic metal venture called HEAVY RAIN, but that band was short-lived. The rhythm section of Meskil and Richardson went on to PRO-PAIN, while Chuck Lenihan ended up with GENITORTURERS

14 November 2006

Veteran Florida-based extreme metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have issued the following update:
"The band has completed the writing and pre-production demos for 13 songs and will begin the recording of their tenth full-length album, 'Doomsday X', in the coming weeks of November. We're very happy with the direction the music has taken for this new album with songwriting credits by each of the bandmembers, and each song having its own identity but retaining the classic MALEVOLENT CREATION sound. It is truly amazing to have everyone writing for this album and brings a lot of new ideas to the songs. Fear not, each song is extremely brutal and covers a lot of territory as far as extreme metal is concerned.

MALEVOLENT CREATION will team up with ROTTING CHRIST, CARPATHIAN FOREST, INCANTATION, NEURAXIS and HARM for "The Domination Tour 2007" beginning on February 14, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

14 November 2006

E-FORCE, the band featuring PROJECT: FAILING FLESH /ex-VOIVOD frontman Eric Forrest, have issued the following update:
"E-Force are currently recording their second album in Toulouse, France with producer Patrick Fredrich. The album is expected to include collaborations with Alex of AGRESSOR and Tim Gutierrez and Kevin 131 of P:FF. Also planned is a rerecord/cover song from the unreleased Voivod 2001 demo as a tribute to Piggy (late Voivod guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour). The album is planned for release early next year through Thundering/Manitou records."

14 November 2006

LEATHERWOLF are currently looking for a new vocalist following the departure Wade Black (ex-CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES, LEASH LAW, TIWANAKU) who fronted the band on their comeback album, "World Asylum", released last June on N.I.L.8 Records.

"We would like to thank Wade for his contributions to Leatherwolf and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," commented the group on the split. "There are no hard feelings between both parties. Unfortunately, certain economic realities and the geographical distance between Wade and the rest of the band turned out to be an obstacle too hard to overcome and made working as a unit that much more difficult. We are now looking for someone closer to home, perferably based right here in Southern California. Potential candidates must be able to sing both the Michael Olivieri and Wade Black era songs (guitar abilities a huge plus!), have a valid passport, and be able to go on the road as we have a European tour in the works for spring 2007." Interested parties get in touch with the band via dean.rob@cox.net.

Vocalist Wade Black has issued the following update himself:
"Greetings metal freaks worldwide!"I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to update you on the latest goings on.
"I have been fortunate enough to travel the world bringing metal to the masses. Without a doubt, the best thing to come out of my metal career has been traveling the globe and meeting the heart of metal — the fans — and giving everything I have to give on the stage for you. I have absolutely been able to live the dream. "There is, of course, the reality side of things, and this is where things often get unpleasant. "Like many other musicians in our genre, I have a career outside of music that is necessary in order to provide a reasonable lifestyle for my family. If I have to miss work to fly out to do recording sessions, rehearsals, or tours, I don't get paid.
"While I have enjoyed giving a new voice to LEATHERWOLF and supporting the new album, the harsh economic reality of my current musical situation is that the compensation for the studio and live work I've done hasn't even offsetted the lost wages I've missed while supporting LEATHERWOLF in the studio and on the road. "More important than the financial aspects is the time away from my family. My wife and children have been very patient and supportive of me, and they deserve to be the highest priority in my life. You only have one chance in life to be the best parent you can be. There are no studio tricks or retakes to gloss over the missed opportunities to be there for your family. "I am therefore letting you all know that effective immediately, I will no longer be singing for LEATHERWOLF.
"My sincerest best wishes go out to Leatherwolf for continued success, and also my sincerest thanks to Chris Leibundgut at A.R.M. productions for his support and guidance!

"Is this the end of Wade Black's career of metal? HELL NO!
"After much thought and consideration, I have decided to start my own band locally. This will allow me to complete the solo material I've been working on over the years, play out live on a regular basis (something you can't do when the rest of the band is 3,000 miles away), and eventually release an album under my new metal identity: BLACK REIGN.
"We will be playing material from the four internationally released albums I have done as well as the new BLACK REIGN material, and maybe a few covers of some metal classics. This will allow me to continue my career as a musician without sacrificing my commitment to my family."
LEATHERWOLF's latest album, "World Asylum" (featuring Black), came out in Euroe in June via Massacre Records.

14 November 2006

Due to irreconcilable differences, Lance King (ex-BALANCE OF POWER) will no longer be singing with PYRAMAZE.
Says Lance, "I would like to thank the Pyramaze guys for many wonderful memories, I'm very proud of the music we created together! I wish each and every member of the band success in their careers and personal lives, as well as their search for a new vocalist. I look forward to hearing their new music."
Lance has several projects that he is working on at present. Be on the lookout for a new album from AVIAN that Lance will be singing on and producing. Lance will also be splitting vocals with a female opera singer on a new debut release from a new rising prog star named SALINOCH, being developed by SHK Records (Switzerland)
Lance has agreed to lend his voice and writing talents to a new progressive-shred project called SECRET SOCIETY OF STARFISH, comprised of two members of DIMENSION X (bass, drums) and shredder TROY STETINA on guitar and a mystery fifth arm of the fish, a well know rock star guitarist. Look out for other recent releases that Lance has sung on: SHINING STAR's "Enter Eternity" and AVIAN's "From The Depths Of Time".

Lance will continue to work daily on building his record company, Nightmare Records, bringing the world great progressive/power metal from other great bands.

6 November 2006

The lineup for the next Keep It True VIII Festival has been announced and will take place on April 14th, 2007 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany. Acts on the bill are as follows: LAAZ ROCKIT, DIAMOND HEAD, SABBAT, LETHAL, ARTILLERY, (THE EXALTED) PILEDRIVER, DEFENDER, BULLET, TWISTED TOUR DIRE and CAULDRON.

The day before there will be a warm-up show at the Sporthalle in Dittigheim with the following bands: IVORY KNIGHT, WARRANT, TANKARD and DESTRUCTOR.

For more info visit there website (see LINKS).

6 November 2006

The new voice of EXCITER is Kenny "MetalMouth" Winter from Brooklyn, New York. After holding auditions this past summer, the band was blown away with Kennys three and a half octave range, delivered with tremendous intensity and conviction. EXCITER metal maniac fans throughout the globe will witness Kennys vocal performance on the upcoming new release - "Thrash Speed Burn" due early 2007.

6 November 2006

AXEHAMMER singer Bill Ramp has left the band due to health problems; the new singer is Mark Stewart, ex THRUST (Metal Blade Records in the 1980s).

6 November 2006

Steve Grice of the reformed lineup of the U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT has sent the following update from the studio: "ONSLAUGHT have now completed the recording of their new studio album 'Killing Peace', which is due for release in February [via Candlelight Records]. The album is an uncompromising mixture of true thrash tunes which will grab you by the throat. "On a recent airing by Terrorizer's Ian Glasper, the album was described as 'better than Slayer at their best.' The record-buying thrash fans will be able to judge that themselves in February." Commented Grice: "We don't feel is if we are competing against the likes of Slayer etc. but we are sure giving these guys a run for their money." "Killing Peace" is being recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Machine Head, Exodus). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Destroyer of Worlds", "Pain", "Tested to Destruction", "Burn", "Shock and Awe", "Prayer for the Dead", "Twisted Jesus", and "Killing Peace". The band's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-Mirror Mirror, Frankenstein).

6 November 2006

DIMMU BORGIR have entered Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström to begin recording their new album for an early 2007 release.

6 November 2006

BENEDICTUM have parted ways with drummer Blackie Sanchez due to musical differences.

6 November 2006

Metal Mind Productions wil re-release the complete discography of BULLDOZER - one of the oldest thrash metal bands from Italy. "Regenerated in the Grave" CD book BOX, released in full cooperation with the band, consists of the following albums: "The Day of Wrath", "The Final Separation", "IX", "Neurodeliri" and "Alive ...in Poland" (this title is available only inside this box). All titles re-issued on golden discs are remastered using 24-bit process and feature rare bonus tracks. The box includes also 32- page book featuring the history of Bulldozer, interview with the band's leader AC Wild, lyrics to all songs, rare photos and the cult first single "Fallen Angel". Two albums - IX & Neurodeliri - were remastered by AC Wild himself.

6 November 2006

PAIN OF SALVATION are currently working on the follow-up to their "Be" album, entitled "Scarsick". InsideOut has revealed the album will be released in January 2007. A specific date is expected to be announced soon.
In other news, European tour dates have been announced for February and March 2007. They are as follows:

February
17 - Oslo, Norway at John Dee
18 - Gothenburg, Sweden at Musikens Hus
20 - Warsaw, Poland at Progresja
21 - Krakow, Poland at Klub Studio
22 - Budapest, Hungary at Schiff A38
23 - Wien, Austria at Planet Music
25 - Treviso, Italy at New Age
26 - Rome, Italy at Alpheus
27 - Milan, Italy at Rolling Stone

March
1 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
2 - Amsterdam, Holland at Paradiso
3 - Paris, France at Elysee Monmartre
4 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob
6 - Augsburg, Germany at Spectrum
7 - Aschaffenburg, Germany at ColosSaal
8 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
10 - Copenhagen, Denmark at The Rock

6 November 2006

FAITH AND FIRE, the project featuring vocalist Tony Moore (ex-RIOT), guitarist Mike Flyntz (Riot), bassist Danny Miranda (BLUE OYSTER CULT) and drummer John Miceli (RAINBOW), have issued the following:
"We've just inked a deal with AOR Metal Heaven in Germany. They'll be licensed to produce "Accelerator" in Europe exclusively. This means that our fans in most European countries will see the CD on local record store shelves very soon. The label is currently promoting the new release "Army Of One", by our good friends RIOT so we're very excited about this new opportunity."

6 November 2006

Dockyard 1 have announced they will release the new album from WALTARI in February, 2007.
The band are currently busy recording the new album, the follow-up to "Blood Sample". Back in September the band issued a brief update from the studio: "The demo is brilliant and enthusiasm high. Great environment; the ones who record can live there free from daily routines and on spare time make fires outside, have sauna and swim or go fishing."

6 November 2006

New Jersey-based power metal legends ATTACKER have issued the following update:
"Attacker have ended their performance schedule, for 2006, this past Sunday in their hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey at the renowned Maxwell's venue. 2006 has been the bands most prolific year to date with live shows in the US and Europe in support of their latest album "The Unknown". Not comfortable with resting on it's proverbial laurels, the US Metal band will re-enter the studio the first week of November to begin work on their fifth album with an expected release date projected for September 2007 through Sentinel Steel Records. The new albums title will be "King Of Hate". This coming April 2007, the band will take a break from recording their new album to embark on a debut headlining performance in the UK. Details will be forthcoming."

6 November 2006

Another band has found its way to the realms of Nuclear Blast – AFTER FOREVER! The dutch act around front amazon Floor Jansen (also known from various guest appearances for projects of Arjen Lucassen / AYREON) is specialized in thrilling Melodic / Gothic Metal and ranks among the "big ones" of the scene in their home country. The band already toured with NIGHTWISH and had appearances at EVERY important festival BeNeLux-wide (such as Lowlands, Pinkpop, Graspop, Dynamo Open Air, Fields Of Rock), not to forget a steadily growing fan base in South America, France, Spain and Germany!
Guitarist Sander Gommans about the signing: "AFTER FOREVER has grown a lot the past years, we´ve done more and more shows and festivals worldwide and also experienced a lot of improvement musically. I feel that AFTER FOREVER is stronger than ever, as a group but also musically, this is the right time to choose for a label that can help us realising our dreams! Because the core of the AFTER FOREVER songs is metal orientated, it´s a very natural decision for us to choose for Nuclear Blast!"
AFTER FOREVER have almost finished the recordings for their new, yet untitled album, which is going to be released in Spring 2007. Produced by Gordon Groothedde (Dutch studio luminary), the record not only contains great new songs but also an overwhelming session with the Prague Symphonic Orchestra! A tour afterwards is already planned as well…

6 November 2006

Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Candlemass are currently looking for a singer. Preferably Swedish but the band will consider all options. Requirements are as follows:
* You are over 25, you love metal and doom, got a fantastic voice, sound great both in a high and low range.
* You got studio and live experience, and it's of course also important that you are a good frontman.
* You are easy to work with, democratic, good listener with a positive attitude. A healthy sense of humour is also a plus!

"If you think you are the man for Candlemass, email your links and info to the address below and make sure you got at least three songs for the band to listen to + photo and some info about you. "You can email your links and info to voice @ candlemass.se up to Christmas (NOTE, DO NOT SEND MP3 OR OTHER LARGE FILES!! ONLY LINKS TO FILES ON THE WEB!!!). The band will take the time to find the perfect voice for Candlemass."

20 October 2006

German rockers GUN BARREL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Tilburg Headbangers Fest, set to take place September 29, 2007 at Cafe Extase in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

The festival is co-organised & sponsored by Mario's Metal Mania webzine.
For more info visit the THF website.

20 October 2006

Los Angeles-based thrashers band ANGER AS ART, (with ex-ABATTOIR mainman Steve Gaines), will be releasing their second album "Callous And Furor" on Tuesday, October 31 via Old School Metal Records. Originally scheduled for release in September 2006, the album now hits the streets with extensive packaging, and a few surprises on the disc. Order information can be found at www.osmrecords.net."

20 October 2006

The limited edition vinyl pressing of VOIVOD's latest album, "Katorz", is now available exclusively through The End Records' mailorder.
The album, which was released on CD July 25, 2006, will be shipped November 17, 2006. The beautiful gatefold 180gm vinyl comes in color format and also includes special artwork and packaging designed by VOIVOD artist/drummer Michel "Away" Langevin. The album was done with full cooperation from the band.

The release is limited to 1,000 copies:
* 400 clear vinyl
* 400 red vinyl
* 200 black vinyl

20 October 2006

Two previously unreleased songs from long-defunct New Jersey thrashers BLESSED DEATH have been posted online at www.blesseddeath.com. According to guitarist Nick Fiorentino, "these songs are from a studio recording that was originally supposed to be released as BLESSED DEATH's third album back in 1991. I believe there may also be demo versions of these songs out there from a demo that was released prior to the doing the actual studio recording."

BLESSED DEATH released two albums in the mid-'80s — 1986's "Kill or Be Killed" (Megaforce) and 1988's "Destined for Extinction" (Roadrunner) — featuring a complex speed/thrash style that received some critical acclaim but ultimately failed to make a commercial dent. They were also cited by the BNR Metal Pages as the only band, metal or otherwise, that featured identical twins as a rhythm section.

20 October 2006

NAZARETH, FINNTROLL, THUNDER, PRAYING MANTIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 22-23, 2007 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are EDGUY, BRAINSTORM, MERCENARY, MYSTIC PROPHECY.

20 October 2006

JACOBS DREAM is continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 2005's "Drama of the Ages", entitled "Dominion of Darkness". This will be the group's fourth release on Metal Blade Records and the second release with new vocalist Chaz Bond. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Demon World", "Embraced by Sorrow", "Awaken the Man", "End of Days", "Death before Dishonor", "Violent Kingdom" and "Can't Break the Fall".

20 October 2006

Former MORBID ANGEL/HATE ETERNAL bassist/vocalist Jared Anderson passed away on Saturday, October 14 at the age of 30. The cause of his death has not yet been released.
Jared Anderson was most recently working on a project which was known by its alias AS ONE... Jared described the band's musical direction on his MySpace page as "a revision of my INTERNECINE writings, or shall I say 'written in the vein of.' The INTERNECINE record itself was all 'old' material from the early to mid-'90s that I was given the offer to record, so obviously I opted to do so. Highly technical, obscure death metal was purely the intent of INTERNECINE. Although most of the material was written many years prior to recording it, there were a couple of songs that were more recent. The two songs were 'The Elder Gods' and 'The Calling Of The Hordes'. This is where AS ONE... comes in, kind of continuing where I left off so to speak, with a much more matured sound."
Back in February 2006, former MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that he was putting together a new project with Jared Anderson. "It is definitely death metal," Tucker said at the time. "It is very early on, but we are both extremely excited about it. No name yet, a few songs written, varying in tempo etc."

20 October 2006

DETENTE's clasic album "Recognize No Authority" will soon be reissued in the USA and Germany by Cognitive Records. The CD will be distributed in the USA by The End Records and in Germany by Hellion Records. Additional distributors will be announced shortly. The expected release is early December.
"Recognize No Authority" was a critically acclaimed recording that maintains a cult following to this day. It was also the launching ground for nu-metal metal producer Ross Robinson (KORN, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY, SOULFLY) who plays guitar on the album. The CD also marked the first full-length release by FEAR OF GOD's Dawn Crosby, who sadly passed away on December 15, 1996.

20 October 2006

Canuck thrash legends INFERNAL MAJESTY have posted the following message at their website:
"Infernal Majesty is proud to announce the upcomimg release of a 5 song EP entitled "Demo'n God". The release date has been set for December 1st, 2006 out in time for X-mas and will be made available on this website (see LINKS).
The EP will feature 4 demo versions of songs produced by JF Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) who is also producing the upcoming album Systematical Extermination that is tenatively scheduled for a spring 2007 release. The EP will also feature a re-recorded version of NONE SHALL DEFY's 'S.O.S.' with George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of CANNIBAL CORPSE fame lending his vocal talents along with Rob Barrett (Cannibal Corpse, MALEVOLENT CREATION) adding guitar.
The recording was done while Cannibal Corpse were in Vancouver on the Sounds Of The Underground tour this past August."

12 October 2006

BIOMECHANICAL to support EXODUS on their European Tour!

Tour Dates:
Nov. 01 - Music Box - Manchester, UK
Nov. 02 - J7 - Nottingham, UK
Nov. 03 - Rio - Bradford, UK
Nov. 04 - VooDoo Lounge - Dublin, Ireland
Nov. 05 - Trillians - Newcastle, UK
Nov. 06 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
Nov. 07 - Underworld - London, UK
Nov. 08 - TBA - Paris, France
Nov. 09 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland
Nov. 10 - Patronaat - Haarlem, Holland
Nov. 11 - Muziek-o-droom - Hasselt, Belgium
Nov. 13 - Rosenhof - Osnabruck, Germany
Nov. 14 - Matrix - Bochum, Germany
Nov. 15 - Stattbahnhof - Schweinfurt, Germany
Nov. 16 - Kato - Berlin, Germany
Nov. 17 - Roxy - Saarbrucken, Germany
Nov. 18 - Kino - Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov. 19 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
Nov. 20 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov. 22 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Nov. 23 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
Nov. 25 - Eskalup - Poznan, Poland
Nov. 26 - Masters of Rock Café - Zlin, Czech Rep
Nov. 27 - Arena - Wien, Austria
Nov. 28 - Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 29 - SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
Nov. 30 - Sottosopra - Padova, Italy

Dec. 01 - Sonar Club - Siena, Italy
Dec. 02 - Mamamia - Senigalia (Ancona), Italy
Dec. 03 - Duel Beat - Naples, Italy
Dec. 04 - Remise - Wil, Switzerland
Dec. 07 - TBA - Valencia, Spain
Dec. 08 - Santana - Bilbao, Spain
Dec. 09 - Ritmo & Compas - Madrid, Spain
Dec. 10 - Apolo 2 - Barcelona, Spain

12 October 2006

Displeased Records has set a November 28 release date for the reissues of the two classic '80s thrash albums from ATROPHY — 1988's "Socialized Hate" and 1990's "Violent by Nature". The CDs will be remastered, and will include bonus material, lyrics and biography.

12 October 2006

Texas-based metal band OUTWORLD has announced the addition of Brazilian vocalist Carlos Zema (HEAVEN'S GUARDIAN, VOUGAN). Carlos "has exceeded OUTWORLD's expectations with his vocal abilities," according to a press release. Commented OUTWORLD guitarist Rusty Cooley: "I knew he was the perfect fit from the very first note!" Check out a sample of Carlos' vocals at www.myspace.com/outworld.

Zema replaces Kelly Sundown Carpenter, who most recently sang on BEYOND TWILIGHT's "Section X" album (2005). OUTWORLD's debut CD is slated for release on November 13 via Replica Records. OUTWORLD is currently working on material for its second album.

12 October 2006

Majestic Rock Records has launched its "Archive" series of rare live and studio recordings with the limited-edition, Internet-only release of a previously unreleased live recording from NWOBHM heavyweights JAGUAR.
"Holland '82" was recorded at the Siesta Club, Hengelo, Holland on December 17, 1982 and is described as "a superb soundboard recording capturing the band at the height of its powers." Strictly limited to 1,000 copies and containing sleeve notes from JAGUAR guitarist Garry Pepperd, "Holland '82" is available for pre-order now at www.majesticrock.com.
JAGUAR is currently writing material for a new studio album, which they plan on recording later in the year. No further information is currently available.
JAGUAR's most recent studio album, "Run Ragged", was released in July 2003 through Angel Air Records.

12 October 2006

MEKONG DELTA guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE) has finished recording more that half of the basic guitar parts for the band's upcoming album. Orchestration has been finished and it seems that the basic tracks should be completed by the end of this month.
MEKONG DELTA has yet to find a suitable singer to complete the legendary German progressive thrash outfit's current lineup. The band also includes mainman/bassist Ralf Hubert and drummer Uli Kusch (ex-MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN).
Zardoz Music last year released a two-CD, 22-song compilation, entitled "The Principle of Doubt", containing selections from various MEKONG DELTA albums.

12 October 2006

NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends CLOVEN HOOF have been rejoined by vocalist Russ North. "After endless rumours and speculation CLOVEN HOOF can confirm the main frontman has returned to the fold at last," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Russ has been previously unable to commit fully to the band due to contractual obligations in Spain. However these have been resolved and he has rejoind the band in England to start work on the follow up album to 'Eye of the Sun'.
"Jon Brown [drums] and Roy Chudobskyi [guitar] have been approached to rejoin the group to start work on the latest album demos. The opus will be called 'Throne of Damnation'. Lee Payne said it will be a return to 'A Sultan's Ransom' epic power, but with a modern cutting edge.
"CLOVEN HOOF would like to thank Matt [Moreton, vocals], Andy [Shortland, guitar] and Lynch [Orlin 'Lynch' Radinsky, drums] for the amazing session work on 'Eye of the Sun'. They were the perfect stand-in musicians. The HOOF will be forever in your debt. Watch out for Andy's and Matt's solo album called 'S&M', to be released in the near future."
"Eye of the Sun" was produced by Tom Galley of the PHENOMENA fame, who has previously worked with such high-caliber musicians as Brian May, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, John Thomas, Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley, Don Airey, Ray Gillen, and Scott Gorham.

12 October 2006

DORO, WINTERBORN and BENEDICTUM will team up for a European tour beginning in early December.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

Dec. 05 - Italy - Florence Flog
Dec. 06 - Italy - Traviso New Age
Dec. 07 - Italy - Milan Live Club
Dec. 09 - Germany - Affalter Zur Linde
Dec. 10 - Germany - Braunschweig Jolly Joker
Dec. 11 - Germany - Berlin Postbahnhof
Dec. 13 - Germany - Bremen Aladin
Dec. 15 - Austria - Wörgl Komma
Dec. 16 - Germany - Kaufbeuren All-Karthalle
Dec. 19 - Germany - Ubach-Palenberg Rockfabrik
Dec. 20 - Netherlands - Weert De Bosuil
Dec. 21 - Netherlands - Hellendorn Lantaarn
Dec. 22 - Germany - Flensburg Roxy
Dec. 25 - Germany - Speyer Halle 101
Dec. 26 - Germany - Bochum Zeche
Dec. 27 - Belgium - Antwerpen Hof Ter Loh
Dec. 28 - Germany - Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
Dec. 29 - Germany - Andernach JUZ Live Club
Dec. 30 - Germany - Crailsheim Jahnhalle

12 October 2006

SINISTER's new live DVD, "Prophecies Denied", will be released by MVD on January 16th, 2007.
As previously reported, this special gig took place on August 24th at Stodola Club in Warsaw (Poland) when Sinister supported OBITUARY (along with GRAVE and CATAMENIA).
The DVD also includes an interview with the band's frontman Aad Kloosterwaard and the guitarist Alex Paul a documentary 'Angels Of The Apocalypse' and rare footage.

12 October 2006

SHAAMAN (the Brazilian outfit fronted by former ANGRA singer Andre Matos), originally spelled with a single A, have decided to call it a day.

12 October 2006

U.D.O. are currently in the studio working on their next studio album. It is scheduled for an April 2007 release. More details and a specific release date are expected to be announced soon.

12 October 2006

ONSLAUGHT is currently recording its fourth studio album, "Killing Peace", tentatively due in February on Candlelight Records. "Killing Peace" is being recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Destroyer of Worlds", "Pain", "Tested to Destruction", "Burn", "Shock and Awe", "Prayer for the Dead", "Twisted Jesus", and "Killing Peace". The band's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-MIRROR MIRROR, FRANKENSTEIN).

12 October 2006

Dr. Mats E. Eriksson, Associate Professor of Paleontology - Department of Geology at Lund University in Lund, Sweden announced this very interesting MOTORHEAD tidbit: "I have just recently named a fossil after LEMMY KILMISTER," Eriksson writes. "The perfect combination for a long-time fan of the band (and the music genre) and a professor of paleontology, as myself. So, not only is he already a legend in the music business but his name will have a permanent record in Science. The fossil in question is a c. 428 million year old jaw of an extinct, marine polychaete annelid worm found in the Silurian strata of Gotland, Sweden. Its scientific name is Kalloprion Kilmisteri."

12 October 2006

Drummer Uli Kusch (ex-HELLOWEEN) has left MASTERPLAN, the metal band he formed with guitarist Roland Grapow. The band has announced the addition of singer Mike DiMeo (Riot, The Lizards) and drummer Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell, Metallium, Rage) to the group's ranks.

12 October 2006

The European tour featuring extreme metal pioneers MASTER alongside Temple Of Brutality (the new band featuring former Megadeth/current F5 bassist David Ellefson and ex-W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland) and Denmark's Submission — which was supposed to kick off last Friday (Oct. 7) — has been cancelled. Master will reportedly reschedule the dates for January 2007, but this time without Temple Of Brutality.

12 October 2006

Long-running German metallers PARADOX have entered the studo to begin recording their fourth album, "Electrify", due in early 2007 via AFM Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Second Over Third By Force", "Monument", "Portrait in Grey", "Hyperspeed Hallucinations", "Bridge to Silence", "Infected", "Disconnected", "Cyberspace Romance", "Electrify", as well as a cover of BLACKFOOT's "Good Morning".

12 October 2006

California's traditional melodic metal band CRESCENT SHIELD, which features the talents of former Destiny's End guitarist Dan DeLucie and former Onward vocalist Michael Grant hope to release their debut album "The Last of My Kind" late october this year.

12 October 2006

Colorado metallers SILENCER have issued the following update:
"We've been hard at work on the new [album] for the last several months, and we are now tweaking final arrangements in rigorous rehearsal. We're scheduled to start tracking drums in three short weeks, so excitement is high within the camp. Lyrics are coming along really well too, some interesting stuff we're gonna explore. Overall this album is shaping up to be a bit more diverse, a bit more more dense and plenty freakin' heavy. We have twelve tracks slated, from balls out thrashers to longer (for us) and more ambitious tracks. It is definitely the next step from 'Death of Awe', building on the best parts of that record and adding new approaches on top of it. We can't wait to hear how massive this sounds when finally laid down. We're gonna try and take lots of pictures during the tracking as best we can and keep you all updated on the progress. When this beast is done we're gonna gig a hell of a lot more too, so get ready."

28 September 2006

Some festival news:

The Headbangers Open Air festival which will take place on 13 & 14 July 2007 in Brande Hornerkirchen, Germany has again confirmed bands for the 2007 edition:
SINNER, HOLLLOW GROUND, KNIGHT ERRANT, KAOS, WARNING SF, BEYOND FALLEN, AVENGER, KILLINGSWORTH, RAVEN BLACK NIGHT.

The Swordbrothers festival which will take place on 19 May 2007 in Andernach, Germany has already confirmed the first bands for the 2007 edition:
EMERALD, DESPERATION, IGNITOR, VALKYRIES CRY, DÉJÀ VU, ARCTIC FLAME, POWERVICE.

The Bang Your Head festival which will take place on 22 & 23 Juni 2007 in Balingen, Germany has also already confirmed the first bands for the 2007 edition:
MERCENARY, EDGUY , BRAINSTORM.

28 September 2006

Dutch thrashers LEGION OF THE DAMNED (formerly OCCULT) will enter Stage One studio in Bühne, Germany in October with producer Andy Classen to begin recording their sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2007. So far, only one songtitle has been revealed: "Atomicide".
LEGION OF THE DAMNED's debut album, "Malevolent Rapture", was released in January 2006 via Boomer Entertainment/Massacre Records. The band will embark on a European mini-tour with SODOM and FINNTROLL in December.

28 September 2006

UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore is scheduled to begin recording his new solo album in New York City today (Wednesday, Sept. 27). Laying down drums on the CD is Van Romaine, who has previously played with such artists as BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS, KANSAS, JOAN OSBORNE, BILLY JOEL and STEVE MORSE. Engineering duties are being handled by Tim Conklin.
UFO's new album, "The Monkey Puzzle", came out yesterday (Sept. 26) via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2004's "You Are Here" was recorded at Area 51 Studios with producer Tommy Newton, who also worked with the band on their last CD and who recorded the material for the band's "Showtime" live album.
The original members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Pete Way (bass), Paul Raymond (guitar, keyboards) and recently returned drummer Andy Parker, are scheduled to start their extensive world tour in October 2006. Parker was part of the UFO lineup that performed the group's debut show in the late Sixties and has returned to replace Jason Bonham, who left to join FOREIGNER. Also on board is Moore, who has been part of the permanent lineup since the last studio album, "You Are Here". UFO's "Showtime" live CD/DVD was recorded at Pumpwerk in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on May 13, 2005.

28 September 2006

Legendary Oakland thrashers DEFIANCE have issued the following update:
"We wanted to give you an update on how the recording has been coming along. We spent all last weekend in Trident Studios recording the drum tracks for the first six songs. Mark absolutely crushed! The drums sound heavy as heck and with Juan's engineering work, sound unbelievable! Next sessions will be to record all the guitar tracks (rhythm and lead) for these first six songs. Doug and Jim will be recording all their parts October 14th and 15th at Trident Studios. We'll keep you all posted on how it progresses.

28 September 2006

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has posted the message at the band's website:
"Things are moving right along with the DVD. DT (Donald Tardy - drums) and I spent the week at The RedRoom with Mark Prator mixing the audio portion of the DVD. We expect the first round of the video on Tuesday, so we can start to work with that. If everything goes well we are trying to release it December - January. I will let you know more about the release date and what to expect from the DVD when we get further along. So far it sounds pretty heavy and I am really getting excited. I still can't believe we have waited this long to do one but, that is just the way it worked out."

28 September 2006

Florida's AFTER DEATH (featuring former MORBID ANGEL / NOCTURNUS singer/drummer Mike Browning) have scheduled a date at The Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida on October 13th.
Check out the band's MySpace page where you'll find the group's new 4-track demo, entitled "Secret Lords Of The Star Chamber Below".
After Death's lineup includes: Mike Browning (drums, vocals), Demian (guitar), Josh (guitar), Jesse - (bass, backing vocals), Napalm (keyboards).

28 September 2006

The first confirmed dates for the long-awaited GLENN HUGHES "Music For The Divine 2006 European tour" have been announced. The tour is expected to run throughout Europe until early December. Confirmed dates are as follows:

October
28 - JB's in Dudley, UK
29 - Shepherds Bush Empire in London, UK
31 - (UK date tbc)

November
2 - Le Kuursaal in Dolhain-Limbourg, Belgium
3 - Club Plato in Helmond, Holland
4 - Club Kade in Zaandam, Holland
5 – Fabrik, Hamburg, GER
27 - Metropolis, München, GER
29 - Gloria, Köln, GER
30 - Zeche, Bochum, GER

Hughes' latest solo album, "Music for the Divine", is available now on Frontiers Records. The CD was recorded in Chad Smith's (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) house in Los Angeles and again features Smith on drums and longtime Glenn Hughes collaborator JJ Marsh on guitar. Also featured are RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist John Frusciante and Mark Killian, who has provided the string arrangements and keyboards

28 September 2006

Reunited New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have set "King of Hate" as the title of their fifth album, which they expect to record early next year for a fall 2007 release via Sentinel Steel Records. In April of 2007, Attacker will be heading over to the U.K. for a headlining festival appearance. A European tour with Vortex will follow the album's release.

28 September 2006

Texas' long-running heavy doomers SOLITUDE AETURNUS will release their sixth studio album, entitled "Alone", through Massacre Records on November 10. A deal is currently being negotiated with an as-yet-undisclosed label for a North American release during the same month.
"Alone" was recorded at Nomad Studios in Carrolton, Texas with Sterling Winfield (Pantera) and J.T. Longoria (King diamond) sharing engineering duties. Artwork for "Alone" was created by Travis Smith.

28 September 2006

Mainman/bassist Ralf Hubert of the legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA has issued the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the group's new album:
"Uli Kusch (drums; Masterplan, ex-Helloween) has finished recording the drums and did an excellent job. So the drums are done. The last two weekends I spent recording the bass in the studio of a friend of mine, so that's done too. As we can choose from many different guitar sounds we will decide before next week which basic guitar sound to use for recording. After that Peter (Sjöberg, guitar; also known as Peter Lake from Theory In Practice) will start recording the complete guitar part."
Mekong Delta has yet to find a suitable singer to complete the group's current lineup.

28 September 2006

FIREGOD, the new Swedish/Danish "all-star" project featuring Hal Patino (bass; King Diamond), Snowy Shaw (drums; ex-King Diamond, Dream Evil), Mike Wead (guitar; King Diamond, Mercyful Fate) and Simon Johannsson (guitar; Memory Garden, Fifth Reason), has a inked a two-album deal with Vic Records. The group, whose sound is being described as "progressive doom," is still searching for a suitable lead vocalist. FIREGOD's debut CD is expected sometime next year.

28 September 2006

Long-defunct Florida-based band CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, is rumored to be planning a reunion tour in the spring/summer of 2007, beginning with possible U.S. warm-up performances and culminating in a number of festival appearances across Europe.

Cynic reunion lineup: Paul Masvidal (Vocals / Guitar), Sean Reinert (Drums / Keys), Tony Teegarden (Vocals / Keyboards), Chris Kringel (Bass), Santiago Dobles (Guitar).

Kringel, who replaces Sean Malone (who can't participate in the reunion because of teaching and work commitments) in Cynic's reunion lineup, has been involved with the band since the pre-Focus days and toured with the band in Europe in support of the CD. He also played bass on the classic and much-sought-after PORTAL demos and toured the UK with Paul and Sean's AEON SPOKE project. Teegarden also previously toured with Cynic in support of Focus, while Santiago — who is said to be "the man behind AGHORA" — has been around the Cynic camp since 1993-94 and was one of Masvidal's guitar students in Miami back in the day.
According to Masvidal, guitarist Jason Gobel was approached about participating in the reunion, but was forced to turn it down due to family and work commitments. However, he gave the rest of the group his blessings to proceed and is said to be "honored" to have Santiago as his replacement. For more information on the Cynic reunion, visit the official web site at www.cynicalsphere.com. Booking, press and questions should be addressed to: cynicreunion@aeonspoke.com.

28 September 2006

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have pushed back the projected release date of their new DVD, entitled "Blood Puke Salvation", to September 25 from the previously announced September 4.
The DVD will contain over 90 minutes of live material filmed in Tilburg, Holland and Antwerpen, Belgium during the X-mas festivals in December 2004. Also included will be promotional videos for "Throne Of Rats", "Steel Inferno" and "The Hangman Of Prague", plus a photo gallery, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and a section entitled "Deathmarch" with exclusive hand-filmed live material from over 20 cities from the "Deathmarch" tour.

28 September 2006

RUFFIANS, the reunited power metal band that once featured in its ranks late Vicious Rumors frontman Carl Albert, has announced the following European dates:

Nov. 17 - Headbangers Ballroom - Hamburg, GER
Nov. 19 - Bat Cave - Tilburg, NETH (with DJ Mario from MMM)
Nov. 22 - Rock City - Zurich, SWI
Nov. 24 - Die Halle - Frankfurt, GER
Nov. 25 - Metal Forces Festival X - Lorrach, GER

Ruffians will release its new album, "Desert of Tears", on October 20 via Metal Heaven Records. The CD was recorded at Trident/Imperial Studios in Northern California. The first edition of the album (3,000 copies) will include the exclusive bonus track "Risen" and will be available as slipcase edition.

28 September 2006

Swedish "Death 'n' Roll" band HEARSE, featuring former Arch Enemy singer Johan Liiva and ex-Furbowl drummer Max Thornell, has finalized the tracklisting and artwork for its 4th album, "In These Veins", due in October via Dental Records.

6 September 2006

Dutch Steel legends MARTYR replaces POWERVICE at the Tilburg Headbangers Fest (see LINKS). For more info: click here!

6 September 2006

George Robb & Chuck Profis (both ex-AGENT STEEL) updated MMM today with the latest news:
Hey Mario, George from the OBSCENE GESTURE crew here. Here's the latest news about the band: The band is scheduled to begin recording our debut album the weekend of September 16th with producer Rob Hill (of Cypress Hill, Powerman5000, Agent Steel, and Tourette's fame). Tentatively the album will feature 21 tracks of thrashing madness! Some of the new titles include "Bullets Pays The Bills", Masters Fall", "Crumbs", "Black and Blue" and "In The Name Of". We're still negotiating with several labels and will be finalizing a major deal real soon. The band has also been asked to be featured on an upcoming hardcore compilation release. More info on that when it becomes available. You can check us out at www.Myspace.com/obscenegesture213 or www.obscenegesture.net. We also have a promotions page where you can download all of our current promotional material, it's at www.obscenegesture.net/promotions.htm
We appreciate the support. STAY HARD!!!

6 September 2006

German thrashers DESTRUCTION will enter the studio later this month to record the "Best of Classix" album, tentatively due in early 2007 via AFM Records.
The band previously stated about the upcoming CD, "As it's really difficult to get the old records those days and to avoid a 'best of album' with only old recordings in rather poor quality, we've have chosen the solution to re-record many of the '80s classix, including one or two tunes of the 'Crack Brained' album (where Schmier wasn't singing!!!). It's great fun to pick and rehearse the old songs at the moment. With a powerful sound and the brutal energy that the band delivers nowadays, there is no doubt that this will fuckin' shred!"
DESTRUCTION will play several show in Holland this month in support of its latest CD, "Inventor of Evil", which is available in Europe on AFM Records and in North America on Candlelight Records.

6 September 2006

Reunited Florida-based melodic metallers CRIMSON GLORY are reportedly planning to tour Europe in October. Exact cities and dates are expected to be announced soon.

CRIMSON GLORY members Jon Drenning (guitar), Jeff Lords (bass), Ben Jackson (guitar) and Midnight (vocals) have announced plans to release a wealth of material through an as-yet-undetermined label (the band's previous record company, Greece's Black Lotus Records, recently closed its doors), including remastered, expanded editions of the band's first two albums, a new version of "Astronomica" CD (which was originally recorded with current LEATHERWOLF frontman Wade Black at the microphone) featuring Midnight on vocals, and a brand new studio album, tentatively due in 2007.

6 September 2006

ANVIL were recently at Dump Studios in England with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Metal On Metal, Forged In Fire), recording their new album entitled This Is Thirteen (T.I.T). The album will contain 13 tracks. In other news, a documentary on Anvil is currently being filmed. It is being directed by Sacha Gervasi, who wrote the Steven Spielberg movie, The Terminal. Sacha is an old friend of the band's that used to do some roadie work for them back in the 1980's. He has filmed some of their shows from their November 2005 and June 2006 European tours. He also filmed Lips 50th birthday show at Heads or Tails in Etobicoke, ON on February 25, 2006. As well he filmed some of the recording of the new album. Sacha also interviewed many people from Anvil's past and present, including former band members.

6 September 2006

The first DVD of death metal band HATE ETERNAL is being released at October 16th. The DVD is titled "The Perilous Fight" and features tracks, interviews, behind the scenes and promo videos.

6 September 2006

AFTER FOREVER started preparations for the recording of the new studio album, which should be released in the first half of 2007. The bans is also talking to several records companies.

6 September 2006

HOLY MOSES bassplayer Ozzy had to go into psychical care for incalculable time. No shows will be cancelled. Temporary replacement will be found after using a basscomputer.

6 September 2006

THE ACCUSED from Seattle postponed their European tour. Ex frontman Blaine Cooke started a new band named TOE TAG which also features bassplayer Alex (ex THE ACCUSED). Guitarist Tommy Niemeyer continued THE ACCUSED and searched for new bandmembers.

6 September 2006

The Wacken Open Air festival 2007 is set for August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The first confirmed bands are: BLIND GUARDIAN, IMMORTAL (reunion - the one and only open air show in Germany for 2007), SAXON (A Night To Remember), STRATOVARIUS (only open air show in Germany), GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL, SCHANDMAUL.

The three-day festival ticket is 65 - EUR (incl. 7% MwSt, plus 5,- EUR VVK Fee).

6 September 2006

Singer Ronnie Stixx (ex-SHADOWKEEP), has returned with Texas power metallers DIVINE RUINS. "Ronnie has been working alongside ex-TALISPHERE guitarist Sean Noone and ex-DISTANT WARNING, ex-Shadowkeep drummer Mike Pittmen. as well as newly recruited guitarist Ian Rendawn and bassist Mike Canales for the last few months. The writing process has been rapidly coming together. The band has already received positive feed back on there four song demo which includes tracks as: 'Revolution', 'The Mirror', 'Kingdom Of The Sun', 'Blood Red Skies', 'Destiny Calls'. Currently plans are in the works for a full length record that will included 10 tracks along with some really cool surprises. The official Divine Ruins website is coming soon!"

6 September 2006

BIOMECHANICAL have named their forthcoming new album "Cannibalised".
Earache will tentatively release "Cannibalised" in April, 2007. Recordings are set to commence in November, with mixing scheduled for January.

Singer John K. states: "We've started writing non-stop for the new album and so far the songs sound ripping!! We're very exited about the new stuff. It will be as heavy as, if not heavier than, The Empires Of The Worlds, but with more melodic writing within the tracks, something that has been a Biomechanical trademark. The orchestral writing will be intense and the solos will be ripping as ever, so we can't wait to record this mutha!!"
More updates as info surfaces.

6 September 2006

Sweden's BEWITCHED have issued the following update via their website:
"The Spiritual Warfare" is now complete. Regain Records has received the final product and the release date is set for October 30th, 2006 2006-10-30.
"Spiritual Warfare" features the following tracklisting: 'Fucked By Fire', 'Gracefallen', 'Let Darkness Come', 'Heisinme', 'Black Burning Hatred', 'Glorious Are The Ways Of Death', 'Malevolent Force Of Destruction', 'This Is Goodbye...', 'My Skin Loves The Steel', 'Spiritual Warfare'.

6 September 2006

Recording sessions of the second chapter of the highly anticipated album from JORN LANDE & RUSSELL ALLEN have started during August. Once again Magnus Karlsson (LAST TRIBE, STARBREAKER) penned a set of songs which fit perfectly to the voices of the two characters.
The album will be entitled "The Revenge" and some songs titles include: 'Victory', 'The Revenge', 'Who Can You Trust', 'Wake Up Call', 'Gone Too Far', 'Under The Waves'. Once again cover art will be designed specifically for the project by Rodney Matthews (DIAMOND HEAD, MAGNUM, PRAYING MANTIS, etc.).
Release date sometime in 2007. More details to follow.

27 August 2006

Swedish metallers RAM will perform in Gothenburg, Sweden next month, however the date is changed to September 30th and WOLF and POWERVICE have been added to the bill. According to the band, their upcoming 7" vinyl single is "on it's way." This single will be available through Metal Coven Records with a previously unreleased version of 'Sea of skulls' and a Venom cover, 'In League With Satan' .
Upcoming Ram live dates are as follows:

September
9 at (tba) in Sønderborg, Denmark
14 at Climax Rock Club in Ludwigshafen, Germany
15 at Hagalaz Club in Elterlein, Germany
16 at Swordbrothers Festival in Andernach, Germany
30 at Musikens Hus in Gothenburg, Sweden

Because of this change in date; POWERVICE cancelled their gig at this years Tilburg Headbangers Fest where they should be one of the headliners! The organisation (Webmaster Mario of MMM is co-organising & sponsoring the THF fest) of this new festival is very dissapointed about the fact (and the way) that the band cancelled the gig just one month before the festival date!
Organisers Mario & Marco of THF are doing anything they can to find an equal (or even better) replacement a.s.a.p!! We'll keep you posted!!

27 August 2006

OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and ex-HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo have joined forces in a new band called THE CURSED. The group, whose lineup is completed by drummer Mike Cristi and bassist Job The Raver, is reportedly working on its debut album for Screaming Ferret Wreckords. More information will be made available soon.

27 August 2006

Extreme metal pioneers MASTER will team up with TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY (the new band featuring former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson and ex-W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland) and Denmark's SUBMISSION for a European tour in October.
The dates are as follows:

Oct. 06 - Hameln (D) Regenbow
Oct. 07 - (D) TBA
Oct. 08 - Hengelo (NL) Metropool
Oct. 09 - Koln (D) Underground
Oct. 10 - Cottbus (D) Gladhaus
Oct. 11 - Ortanberg..Selters (D) Rockcafe Eulenspiegel
Oct. 12 - Munchen (D) Backstage
Oct. 13 - Erstfeld (CH) Transilvania Live
Oct. 14 - Turin (ITA) Faster Rock
Oct. 15 - Ascoli Piceno (ITA) Titty Twister
Oct. 16 - Bologna (ITA) Estragon Club
Oct. 17 - Bassano (ITA) Transilvania Live
Oct. 18 - Krems (AT) Avalon Exil
Oct. 19 - Vienna (AT) Escape
Oct. 20 - Graz (AT) Orpheum
Oct. 21 - (D) TBA

27 August 2006

MASTERPLAN members Uli Kusch (drums) and Roland Grapow (guitar; both ex-HELLOWEEN) have started the recordings for the band's third album. According to a posting on Kusch's web site, a replacement for singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure from the group in early May, will be confirmed soon. The band's final show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium.
According to a statement released by the band in May, Lande's departure was caused by increased "musical differences" between the vocalist and the rest of the band. During the songwriting process for the group's third album, it became increasingly apparent that the other members of the band had different visions and plans for the group's musical direction. While Jorn wanted MASTERPLAN to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album.

In related news, reunited German progressive-thrashers MEKONG DELTA, which feature Kusch in their ranks, completed the drum recordings for 11 new songs at Kusch's studio in Norway. A vocalist for the group — which also includes Ralf Hubert (bass) and Peter Sjöberg (guitar; also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE) — has not yet been named.

27 August 2006

Mascot Records will release VICIOUS RUMORS' new album, "Warball", on October 15th. Vicious Rumors' current lineup includes: James Rivera (vocals), Geoff Thorpe (guitar), Brad Gillis (guitar), Dave Starr (bass) and Larry Howe (drums, vocals). "Warball" is the band's ninth studio album and twelfth official release. Produced by Geoff Thorpe and Juan J. Orteaga. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan J. Orteaga at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA. This is the first Vicious Rumors album with Geoff Thorpe doing all rhythm and acoustic guitars and most of the solos. "In the past I've always split the guitar duties up with our other guitarist. As I re-built the band, I decided to knock it out myself. I always planned to have some special guests on the record, and it turned out great".

27 August 2006

German label Metal Heaven have issued the following press release with regards to the release of RIOT's new album, "Army Of One": "Metal Heaven are happy to announce the addition of US Metal legend Riot to their roster. This highly influential US metal band, which is centered around guitarist Mark Reale, will release their new album, "Army Of One", in Europe through the Munich based label on October 27th, 2006. This release perfectly combines the 'classic' Riot with the Riot from the late '90s. Be prepared for an entertaining trip back to the US roots of this sound! The first edition will be available as slipcase edition.

27 August 2006

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's monster debut "Doomsday For The Deceiver", which garnered top marks around the globe is being reissued as a Special Edition by Metal Blade Records on October 31st. Originally released in July, 1986, it was the band's only release to feature the soon-to-be legendary bassist Jason Newsted (VOIVOD, ex-METALLICA). The original album, produced by Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel and Flotsam And Jetsam, featured the following tracks: 'Hammerhead', 'Iron Tears', 'Desecrator', 'Fade To Black', 'Doomsday For The Deceiver', 'Metalshock', 'She Took An Axe', 'U.L.S.W.', 'Der Führer', 'Flotzilla'. More details about the Special Edition will be revealed soon.

27 August 2006

Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has been working on helping to put together the "super group" BIG NOIZE for several months. With the line-up now shored up, Big Noize will travel to Nashville, TN to film a DVD.
The band includes: JLT, guitarist Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT), drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH), bassist Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL) and keyboardist Gary Corbett (CINDERELLA, LOU GRAMM).
Current plans focus on marketing the DVD to the corporate concert industry but a commercial release in the future has not been ruled out. The repertoire will feature well-known songs from each artist's catalogue. More details as they surface.

27 August 2006

JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody has issued the following update regarding the band's upcoming double live CD/DVD release:
"Things are progressing VERY well in preparing for the live album. Lots of help from Century Media and an A+ concert promoter I'll name when the details are finalized. I will say this: no one has EVER seen a Jag Panzer show like this one. Every show we've done in the past years has been done with shoestring budgets and minimal gear (whatever we could check on a plane). The will be a full-on headlining show - all your favorite Panzer tunes, special merch, tons of gear and other surprises. More details as I get them."

In other news, Briody says that "Jag Panzer releases plan to figure prominently in Century Media's yearly 10 year reissues. Since 2007 is the 10 year anniversary of The Fourth Judgement, look for a very cool new version of that album next year. Plans include a new cover, remaster, inclusion of the original demo tracks, liner notes and photos. Of course the one I am really waiting for will be the Thane To The Throne reissue in a few years."

20 August 2006

The Headbangers Open Air festival which will take place on 13 & 14 July 2007 in Brande Hornerkirchen, Germany has already confirmed the first bands for the 2007 edition:
SINNER, HOLLLOW GROUND, KNIGHT ERRANT, KAOS, WARNING SF.
More updates soon............

20 August 2006

MYTHIASIN, the band fronted by former STEEL PROPHET vocalist Rick Mythiasin, has finished laying down the drum tracks for its debut album, tentatively due before the end of the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "Over the next few weeks we will get the guitars and bass done and then get Rick in here to put down his vocal tracks," the group writes on its web site. "Hopefully in a month or so the MYTHIASIN album will be finished."

20 August 2006

New-age Nineties power metal band FORTE from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — featuring MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP bassist Rev Jones and former OLIVER MAGNUM vocalist James Randel — has reunited with the Scott brothers (guitarist Jeff and drummer Greg) for a string of dates over the next couple of months. Also in the works is a new album, to be recorded in the next few months.

FORTE released four quality albums in the Nineties, with their style being a power/thrash mixture not unlike early METAL CHURCH. Since their last release ("Rise Above", in 1999), several lineups have been reported, with the Scott brothers remaining the core of the band, and work was supposed to be underway on a new album, but nothing has yet come of this. Most recently (May 2004), a new band called THE KILL has emerged, featuring several former members (though not the Scotts).
For more information, visit myspace.com/fortemetal.

20 August 2006

Los Angeles power/thrash metallers RESISTANCE have entered Desert Moon Recording Studios in Anaheim, California to begin recording their new album, "Patents of Control". The follow-up to 2005's "Lies In Black" (Lion Music) is being produced by RESISTANCE and Patrick Miller, with the final mix set to be handled by famed producer Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE).
A November release through Lion Music is expected.

20 August 2006

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN are close to signing a deal with Mascot Records. As many fans will recall, HEATHEN were one of the most unique bands to rise from the Bay Area thrash explosion of the '80s/'90s, having released a groundbreaking debut album, "Breaking the Silence", in 1987 went on to sell close to 100,000 copies worldwide.
Reborn five years ago, the band are now looking to rise up once more and reclaim the throne of thrash metal.

HEATHEN released their latest CD, "Recovered", independently in the spring of 2004. 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 singer David White's brother Jeffrey).

20 August 2006

DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödtveidt has committed suicide, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Nödtveidt's death was confirmed by the Swedish distributor Sound Pollution, whose staff has worked with DISSECTION throughout the band's career. A posting on the Sound Pollution web site, www.soundpollution.se, reads: "RIP Jon Nödtveidt 1975-2006. Condolences from Sound Pollution & Black Lodge."
Nödtveidt formed DISSECTION in 1989 and released two full-length albums with the group — "The Somberlain" (1993) and "Storm of the Light's Bane" (1995) — before he was convicted in Sweden of felony murder of 37-year-old homosexual Algerian Josef Ben Maddour in 1997. He was released from prison in 2004, at which point he restarted DISSECTION.

DISSECTION announced in May that it would split up imediately following its final performances in support of its recently released CD, "Reinkaos". The band was subsequently forced to cancel its two previously announced appearances in North America (Sept. 1 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA and Sept. 6 at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City) after Nödtveidt was denied legal entry into the United States as a result of his conviction. DISSECTION's most recent album, "Reinkaos", was released in May on The End Records.

20 August 2006

Guitarist/founder Spike Cassidy of the legendary punk/metal crossover band D.R.I. (DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES) has completed his radiation treatments after being diagnosed with cancer in March 2006. A one-foot section of large intestine (colon) was removed through an eight-inch incision in his stomach. The surgery, which took place on March 27, was said to be successful in removing all traces of the cancer. He will still be on chemotherapy until the end of 2006 to prevent the cancer from reappearing, which is known to be common.

20 August 2006

GRAVE are to release live DVD in November. To be called 'Enraptured', this will be filmed at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland at the end of the month.

20 August 2006

Available September 5th will be reissues of NEVERMORE's first three releases: the self-titled first album (1995), sophomore release "The Politics Of Ecstasy"(1996), and the "In Memory" EP (1995). All the reissues have been remastered, include additional liner notes by vocalist Warrel Dane and HardRadio's Martin Popoff, and revised layout and artwork. The Nevermore album includes 5 bonus tracks, and a video enhancement for ''What Tomorrow Knows''. "The Politics Of Ecstasy" features a bonus track and a video enhancement for ''Next In Line'.' The "In Memory" EP includes 5 bonus tracks, now 10 songs total.

20 August 2006

Y&T is working toward filming for a DVD in Europe this fall. Watch the bands website (see LINKS) and check your email for more information on where in Europe this will be filmed.

20 August 2006

EXODUS have announced more European headlining dates this fall.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

November
1 - Music Box - Manchester, UK
2 - J7 - Nottingham, UK
3 - Rio - Bradford, UK
5 - Trillians - Newcastle, UK
6 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
7 - Underworld - London, UK
9 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland
10 - Patronaat - Haarlem, Holland
11 - Muziek-o-droom - Hasselt, Belgium
13 - Rosenhof - Osnabruck, Germany
14 - Matrix - Bochum, Germany
15 - Stattbahnhof - Schweinfurt, Germany
16 - Kato - Berlin, Germany
17 - Garage - Saarbrucken, Germany
19 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
22 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
23 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
28 - Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
30 - Sottosopra - Padova, Italy

December
1 - Sonar Club - Siena, Italy
2 - Mamamia - Senigalia (Ancona), Italy
3 - Duel Beat - Naples, Italy
5 - Remise - Wil, Switzerland
8 - Santana - Bilbao, Spain
9 - Ritmo & Compas - Madrid, Spain
10 - Apolo 2 - Barcelona, Spain

More dates to be announced soon.

20 August 2006

The DVD editing of SUN CAGED guitarist MARCEL COENEN's upcoming live solo DVD is complete. The DVD is entitled "A Live Time Journey" and it will feature the whole show played at January 28th in Weert, NL. In addition on the DVD will also be a solo gig in Thailand, some backstage and rehearsal footage, a gallery and a biography. The release is currently set for September via Lion Music.

13 August 2006

The power metal band AXEMASTER has re-formed with their original lineup. After many years of the group being away from the scene, guitarist Joe Sims, vocalist/bassist Christopher Michael, and drummer Brian Henderson have once again joined forces to resurrect this classic US underground band that found success in the 80s with several worldwide releases (including the album "Blessing in the Skies" and the picture disc "The Vision", both on Azra International Records). They're currently writing material for a new CD that will be 100% true to their traditional metal roots.

Read the interview Marco van Empel did for MMM lately at this location!!

13 August 2006

AGENT STEEL have inked a deal with Holland's Mascot Records. The label has issued the following: "Mascot Records has inked a deal with legendary metal band Agent Steel to further strengthen it's growing metal roster. The band are currently in the process of finalizing the songs for the new (yet to be titled) album that will be produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, DARK ANGEL, HELSTAR). Release is scheduled for first quarter of 2007 with a tour (with label mates VICIOUS RUMORS) starting in March." Guitarist Juan Garcia states, "The recording of the new album is coming along great; vocals are finished and sound killer! Guitar tones are heavy! Drums tracks are solid as ever! And the bass tone will make Cliff Burton proud. Ten new songs, some minor touch ups and some guitar solos still need to be completed before Bill Metoyer mixes down the new tracks."

13 August 2006

BLACK MAJESTY (Australia) have been busy writing the follow up to their 2005 release "Silent Company" which they'll begin recording early 2007. The album is slated for a mid-2007 release through their German label Limb Music Products.

13 August 2006

SEVEN WITCHES, the East Coast-based band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost and ex-HADES frontman Alan Tecchio, will release its first-ever DVD, "Years of the Witch", on September 26 via Screaming Ferret Wreckords.

13 August 2006

The following updates the forthcoming VICIOUS RUMORS album, which had previously gone by the working title Sonic Rebellion: "Vicious Rumors are back with their brand new album, Warball scheduled for release in October. The album features guest guitarist Brad Gillis (NIGHTRANGER/ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and it's their first with new vocalist James Rivera (HELSTAR, KILLING MACHINE, SEVEN WITCHES, etc.). Musically the new album can be described as a darker and more aggressive version of their Digital Dictator album. The band are scheduled to tour in March 2007 with BEYOND FEAR."

13 August 2006

EVERGREY bassist Michael Hakansson has decided to part ways with the band. The new bass player will be the band's long-time friend Fredrik Larsson.

13 August 2006

The forthcoming HATE ETERNAL DVD will be named "The Perilous Fight". With artwork from Paul Romano (Trivium, Mastodon), a live show filmed at the Garage in London, and behind the scenes footage from the recording studio, all the music videos and more ......

13 August 2006

HAMMERFALL have set "Threshold" as the title of its new album, due in the U.S. on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records (October 23 in Europe, except in Germany, where it will arrive on October 20).

13 August 2006

Italian band RHAPSODY OF FIRE are to release new album 'Triumph Or Agony' through Magic Circle Music at the end of September. The band was previously known as RHAPSODY.

13 August 2006

Dutch blackmetallers SAURON's third full length will be titled 'The Channeling Void' and will be released this fall on Carnal Records.

13 August 2006

The new SACRED STEEL album will be called "Hammer Of Destruction" and will deliver the goods: Razor sharp, pure Metal riffing (with new guitarist Jonas Khalil to the family), a thundering rhythm foundation (including new bassist Kai Schindelar and brilliant drummer Mathias Straub, also of Mystic Prophecy fame) and on top of everything the siren of German Trad Metal: Gerrit P. Mutz. Release: November 10th 2006

13 August 2006

MANOWAR will be back with an October 2006 release of a new single 'The Sons Of Odin' followed by a full length DVD containing the EarthShaker Fest 2005 performance this November. Fans can soon expect more details about the release date of the new studio album entitled Gods Of War.

13 August 2006

SINISTER announced title of their future DVD with show recorded live in Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. Recording will take place on 24th August when Sinister will be supporting Obituary (along with Grave and Catamenia). Material called "Prophecies Denied" will be released as a standard DVD edition and DVD+CD limited edition.

13 August 2006

IRON MAIDEN has confirmed that the release date for "A Matter of Life and Death" will be August 28 for the entire world except the USA, where the album will be issued on September 5. The CD will also be available as a limited-edition special deluxe format which contains a bonus DVD. The DVD contains nearly an hour of documentary footage plus videos and photos all shot whilst the band were making the album. The documentary, titled "The Making of A Matter Of Life and Death", directed by Matthew Amos ("Early Days", "Death on the Road" DVD documentaries) features candid video footage shot largely by producer Kevin Shirley himself during the recording of the album giving a real behind-the-scenes look at life in the studio. The bonus DVD also features the full 7:21 minute video promo for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg", and a special intimate filming of the band recording "Different World" in the studio. "A Matter of Life and Death" will also be available as a limited-edition double picture disc vinyl in gatefold sleeve, and as a digital download, available through the newly launched official IRON MAIDEN digital store, where you can buy single tracks, a bundle, or an album for your PC, or your MP3 player.

13 August 2006

Progressive metal act SYMPHONY X has set "Paradise Lost" as the title of the follow-up to 2002's The Odyssey, tentatively due before the end of the year. The band expects to return to the road shortly after the release of the new album.

13 August 2006

Danish/American metallers PYRAMAZE, featuring ex-BALANCE OF POWER singer Lance King, will record a live DVD at this year's ProgPower USA VII festival, set to take place September 15-16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia. The band's setlist is expected to be "an equal mix of songs from both of their releases, 'Legend of the Bone Carver' and 'Melancholy Beast'," according to a press release.
Glenn Harveston, ProgPower USA's promoter, wanted to do something special this year and invited PYRAMAZE vocalist Lance King to join Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), among a few other vocalists from the bands appearing this year, for a special song close at the end of the show on Saturday night.
ProgPower USA VII festival will include performances by JORN, EVERGREY, EPICA, PYRAMAZE, ZERO HOUR, SAVAGE CIRCUS, MERCENARY, FREAK KITCHEN, VISION DIVINE and THUNDERSTONE.

13 August 2006

Bulgarian progressive metal band PANTOMMIND has been forced to cancel its appearance at the ProgPower Europe 2006 festival, set to take place September 29 – October 1 at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, the Netherlands.
"The reason for the cancellation is that Pantommind have lost not one, but two members of the band within just one month, and due to those circumstances it is simply impossible to do a performance that would be representative of the band and the perfectionism they stand for," reads an official statement from the group. "We are truly sorry and hope that the fans that had anticipated Pantommind's performance will have a chance to see the band live in a not-too-distant future."

PANTOMMIND's debut album, "Shade of Fate", was released in 2005 via Lucretia Records International/Sensory Records (see Archive CD/DVD Reviews).

13 August 2006

Legendary hard rockers UFO have lined up the following European dates in November/December:

November
1 - Stuttgart, Germany at LKA
2 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
3 - Aschaffenburg, Germany at Colossaal
5 - Regensburg, Germany at Alte Mälzerei
8 - Milan, Italy at Live Club
9 - Istres (Marseille), France at l'Usine
10 - Bergara, Spain at Sala Jam
11 - Madrid, Spain at Heineken
12 - Barcelona, Spain at Apollo
14 - Toulouse, France at Havana Cafe
15 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
16 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013
17 - Dunkerque, France at La Poudriere
18 - Cleon (Rouen), France at La Traverse
21 - Liverpool, UK at Carling Academy
22 - Wolverhampton, UK at Wulfrun
23 - Manchester, UK at Academy
24 - Newcastle, UK at Carling Academy
26 - Bristol, UK at Carling Academy
27 - Northampton, UK at The Deco
28 - Nottingham, UK at Rock City
29 - London, UK at Astoria
30 - Bournemouth, UK at Old Fire Station

December
2 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Idrogeios Club
3 - Athens, Greece at Gagarin 205

As previously reported, UFO's new album, "The Monkey Puzzle", will be released on SPV on September 25th in Europe, on September 26th in the USA and on September 29th in Germany. The tracklisting: 'Hard Being Me', 'Heavenly Body', 'Some Other Guy', 'Who's Fooling Who?', 'Black And Blue', 'Drink Too Much', 'World Cruise', 'Down By The River', 'Good Bye You', 'Rolling Man', 'Kingston Town'.

13 August 2006

NUCLEAR ASSAULT's "Louder Harder Faster" DVD will be released on October 10th. A press release states: Long one of the most brutal metal bands on the planet, Nuclear Assault continues to assault your senses with their first-ever DVD release, "Louder Harder Faster". Featuring all your Nuclear Assault favorites, "Louder Harder Faster" features both 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes, and features a jam-packed three hours of footage.
In addition to the recent performance (taped on June 5th, 2005), "Louder Harder Faster" also includes such extra bits as vintage live footage, slide shows (put to the original Survive demos), music videos, in the studio footage, unreleased songs, and an interview with longtime members Danny Lilker and Glenn Evans.

13 August 2006

According to the official EUROPE website, Warner Bros. will release a new live Europe DVD on October 4th to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band's breakthrough album, The Final Countdown, and the tour that followed. The DVD features a 13 track live concert from Solnahallen in Stockholm, Sweden 1986, band interviews filmed in 2006, biography, a picture gallery featuring rare and never seen pictures from TFC tour, and footage of the band revisiting the Powerplay Studios where they originally recorded The Final Countdown.
The DVD also features the only existing unreleased outtake from the recording sessions, an instrimental track entitled 'Where Men Won't Dare'. The first 5000 printed copies, will also include an exclucive 8 page colour booklet with rare and unseen pictures, plus brand new liner notes by the journalist Anders Tengener. Pre-sales for the DVD are expected to start soon.

25 July 2006

According to the official PILEDRIVER website (see LINKS), the band will be playing next years (april) edition of the Keep it True VIII festival at the Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany.

25 July 2006

NEVERMORE, Continental Concerts and Century Media Records announced a special show for the first ever Nevermore DVD. The gig will take place at the Zeche club in Bochum (www.zeche.com), Germany on September 12th, 2006.
Seattle's finest will play a set of about 2 hours, with material spanning their 11-year career. The result will be the main part of their forthcoming home DVD, captured by a 7-camera team, with live recordings handled by producer Andy Sneap, who recorded their latest album "This Godless Endeavor", who will also record true 5.1 Surround sound. The planned double-DVD set will also feature a full Nevermore documentary, live footage from throughout their career, all the band's promo videos and even more extras. The release is planned for early 2007.
Please note that only 666 tickets will be available for the DVD recording show. So don't delay, pre-order at www.metaltix.com or www.konticket.de for only 15 Euro + service charge, as this is an event any NEVERMORE fan will not want to miss!

25 July 2006

Dutch thrashers LEGION OF THE DAMNED (formerly known as OCCULT) have posted the following message on their official web site:
"As the time draws near towards our studio time in October, with producer Andy Classen, we are still working hard to finish up all the songs. So far we can announce only just one songtitle: 'Atomicide'.
"First, we kick off with some performances at Stonehenge Festival, Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze open air and Up from the Ground open air. We hope to see you all there!! LEGION OF THE DAMNED is also confirmed for a six-day minitour with SODOM and FINNTROLL in December 2006, which starts in Amsterdam/Melkweg and ends up for the New Year's Eve party at the Z7 in Switzerland. Also, singer Maurice Swinkels will be in the next German Metal Hammer as guest jury member in its magazine soundcheck, rating approximately 35 new CDs."
LEGION OF THE DAMNED's debut album, "Malevolent Rapture", was released in January 2006 via Boomer Entertainment/Massacre Records.

SODOM / FINNTROLL / LEGION OF THE DAMNED tour dates:
Dec. 26 - (NL) Amsterdam - Melkweg
Dec. 27 - (D) Osnabrück-Georgsmarienhütte - Eventcenter B 51
Dec. 28 - (D) Bochum - Zeche
Dec. 29 - (B) Antwerp - Hof Ter Loo
Dec. 30 - (D) Karlsruhe - Substage
Dec. 31 - (CH) Pratteln - Z7

25 July 2006

UFO are to release their new album through SPV at the end of September. It's to be called 'The Monkey Puzzle', and was produced by Tommy Newton.

25 July 2006

THRESHOLD has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast. Quote from Karl Groom and Richard West: "We're delighted to join Nuclear Blast, it's a really positive move for us and we're looking forward to reaching a lot more fans across the world. The label has a fantastic roster of bands and it's exciting to be part of the family. Watch out for great things ahead!" THRESHOLD will enter the studio in August and October to record their next album, which will be released early 2007. A tour is scheduled for spring.

25 July 2006

RIOT's new album, "Army Of One", will be released in Japan on July12th.
The album will include the following tracklisting: 'Army Of One', 'Knockin' At My Door', 'Blinded', 'One More Alibi', 'It All Falls Down', 'Helpin' Hand', 'The Mystic', 'Still Alive', 'Alive In The City', 'Shine', 'Stained Mirror' (instrumental), 'The Darker Side Of Light', 'Road Racin'.

25 July 2006

LOUDNESS guitarist Akira Takasaki has revealed that the band's next album will be recorded in the U.S., most likely on the West Coast. Pre-production has already begun in Tokyo, Japan, the band's home base. The as-yet-untitled record will be their 25th Anniversary album and will be released on November 25th, the band's official birthday.
LOUDNESS will be releasing their new live DVD, Loudness Liveshocks, on August 23rd. It will feature the entire live show that took place at BB King's in New York City on March 26th and an overview of their entire North American tour from earlier this year. Takasaki will release his forthcoming as-yet-untitled solo album on the same day.

25 July 2006

Former MSG singer Robin McAuley has replaced Jimi Jamison in SURVIVOR. The new line-up is currently working on a new album, due for release next year.

25 July 2006

Night Of The Vinyl Dead will be releasing VOIVOD's "Katorz" album on vinyl on July 27. According to their website, the album will be a very limited edition, black vinyl with a gatefold colour insert - hand numbered, 500 copies only. The tracklisting is as follows:
Side A: 'The Get Away', 'Dognation', 'Mr. Clean', 'Afterall', 'Odds & Frauds'.
Side B: 'Red My Mind', 'Silly Clones', 'No Angel', 'The X-Stream', 'Polaroids'.

"Katorz" is out today (July 25th) on The End Records.

25 July 2006

DRAGONFORCE will be doing a headline tour through Europe in October. Dragonforce's fall tour schedule is as follows:

September
8 - Los Angeles, CA at Wiltern Theatre

October
21 - Groningen, Holland at Oosterpoort
22 - Amsterdam, Holland at Melkweg
23 - Cologne, Germany at Underground
25 - Hamburg, Germany at Logo
26 - Copenhagen, Debmark at The Rock
27 - Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
28 - Oslo, Norway at John Dee
30 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
31 - Vienna, Austria at Planet Music

November
1 - Salzburg, Austria at Rockhouse
3 - Trencin, Slovakia at Sports Hall
5 - Treviso, Italy at New Age
6 - Milan, Italy at Alcatraz
8 - Munich, Germany at New Backstage
9 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
10 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
11 - Paris, France at La Locomotive
13 - Lyon, France at Transbordeur
14 - Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
16 - Belfast, Ireland at Mandela Hall
18 - Dublin, Ireland at The Ambassador

25 July 2006

Lou St. Paul - founder and guitarist of WINTERS BANE (also vocalist/founder/guitarist of thrash metal band and Winters Bane alter ego, KILL PROCEDURE) - will be stepping back into the studio (Smiley Sounds Studio - owned by Curran Murphy and same studio where Redivivus was mixed and mastered) to re-record Winters Bane's unreleased second album, "Season Of Brutality", which should be available to the public "hopefully" around the middle of September.
For those unfamiliar with "Season Of Brutality", it was originally recorded in 1995 and was intended to be a follow-up to Winters Bane's classic first album, "Heart Of A Killer". Just prior to the recording sessions beginning in 94/95, Tim "Ripper" Owens left Winters Bane to join JUDAS PRIEST, leaving Winters Bane without a vocalist.
At this point, Lou St. Paul decided to step up to the mic for the first time in his career, and what resulted was an album comparable to early MEGADETH/METALLICA, and vocals that are very reminesent of Dave Mustaine.
Unfortunately, Lou was not satisfied with the results, and shelved the album, only to give out copies to a select few individuals. Now, he is stepping back into the studio to re-record this amazing album, under the name "Kill Procedure".


9 July 2006

NWOBHM legends JAGUAR have posted the following message at their official website:
"The band would like to state that they have parted company with Darren Furze, a new bass player will be announced soon. Many thanks to him for all his efforts over the last few years, and we wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours."

9 July 2006

E-FORCE, featuring ex- VOIVOD bassist/singer Eric Forrest, have just inked a new three album deal with Thundering Records. The band are scheduled to begin recording in mid-October with producer Patrick Freidrich in Toulouse, France.
The new E-Force lineup consists of 19-year old guitarist Cyril Berhhard and drummer Boris Lugan as well as vocalist/bassist Eric Forrest. E-Force are currently writing songs for their next album. AGRESSOR vocalist/guitarist Alex Colin-Tocquaine is co-writing a track, as are Tim and Kevin Guttierez of PROJECT: FAILING FLESH. Finally, Forrest has decided to re-record/cover a song from the unreleased 2001 Voivod demo as a tribute to late guitarist Piggy, who passed away in August, 2005 due to cancer.

9 July 2006

MASTERPLAN, featuring former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, have confirmed the final four shows with singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure from the band in early May. Dates include:

July
14 - Masters of Rock in Vizovice, Czech Republic

August
6 - Monsters of Rock in Varna, Bulgaria
8 - Lokersefeesten in Belgium
17 - RagnaRock Festival at Valle Hovin Sports Arena in Oslo, Norway

In other news, Roland and Uli finished the first song writing session in Norway for the upcoming Masterplan album. Thirteen songs are in progress.

9 July 2006

NWOBHM legends BLITZKRIEG have been added to the Dokk`em Open Air Festival line up in Holland on August 12th at Raard (By Dokkum). Headlined by PRIMAL FEAR, other acts on the bill include: TRAIL OF TEARS, WIZARD, AUTUMN, THANATOS, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, XYSTUS, GREYLINE. For more info visit their website (see LINKS).

9 July 2006

The release date for CIRCLE II CIRCLE's new album, "Burden Of Truth", was bumped from August 4th to Friday, October 13th. Circle II Circle has chosen to release their current masterpiece "Burden Of Truth" on Black Friday, Oct. 13th 2006 to mark 699 years to the day of the arrest and banishment of the Knights Templar. On Black Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, all the Templars in France were arrested and interrogated by command of Philip IV, who was intent on crushing the order and seizing its wealth. This was the beginning of the end of the Knights Templar or Soldiers of Jesus Christ."
Recorded at the world famous Morrisound Recording studios, "Burden Of Truth" will have 13 tracks, 11 new songs and 2 special bonus tracks. Touring is scheduled for the fall 2006 through out Europe and a special 90 minute performance at the Progpower Festival September 14th - 16th the only show where CIIC will play "Burden Of Truth" in it's entirety along with some classics...

2 July 2006

The new RAZOR CD will be out in 2006 on The End Records / RED Sony/BMG for North America and Mausoleum Records for Europe and will feature original bassist Mike Campagnolo. The Canadian thrash legends are still working on the long-awaited 20th Anniversary DVD, due out sometime in 2006. Watch out for reissues of Shotgun Justice (1990) and Open Hostility (1991) next year via The End / Mausoleum as well.

2 July 2006

Texas based metallers IGNITOR have announced that their new guitarist is Annah Moore (RED VOLUTION). She replaces Beverly Barrington, who the band parted ways in March, 2006, forcing a delay in the recording of "Road Of Bones", the group's upcoming full length CD.
Annah, with 23 years of guitar shred, transforms Ignitor into a true dual lead guitar band. Information about her is available at http://www.ignitor.org.

2 July 2006

Reunited grindcore pioneers TERRORIZER will release their highly anticipated second album, "Darker Days Ahead", on August 22 via Century Media Records.

2 July 2006

Brazil's Mutilation Records have announced plans to release a DVD from the legendary San Francisco Bay Area metal band POSSESSED, entitled "Possessed by Evil Hell", in August. The disc will reportedly contain two live shows from 1987 and a video clip of POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra — who has helped compile footage for the DVD — performing "The Exorcist" with SADISTIC INTENT in 2004.

2 July 2006

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane is collaborating with former SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers on material for Dane's first solo album. The CD is expected to include an appearance by Warrel's former SANCTUARY (pre-NEVERMORE) bandmate Dave Budbill (currently in ZEROCREEP) on drums. No information is presently available regarding the album's musical direction or possible release date.

2 July 2006

SYMPHONY X will start recording in the beginning of July. They're currently finishing up one song and putting final touches on a couple of others. Since writing has taken this long, they've chosen to fine tune the songs before entering the studio; they've put a lot of time into pre-production on this one."
Expect the followup to 2002's "Odyssey" later this year via InsideOut.

2 July 2006

MORBID ANGEL added dates for the band's upcoming Europe Summer Festival tour. They would also like to welcome back special guest guitarist Erik Rutan! This will be the "Domination" line-up together for the first time in 10 years
Morbid Angel's upcoming European dates include:

August
5 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
7 - Monsters Of Rock Festival - Kavarna, Bulgaria
11 - Traun – Spinnerei, Austria
12 - Brutal Assault Festival - Svojsice, Czech Republic
14 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
15 - Sziget Festival - Budapest, Hungary
16 - Skc - Belgrade, Serbia
18 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, Germany
19 - CC De Fabriek - Sint-Lievens Houtem, Belgium
20 - 013 - Tilburg, The Netherlands
22 - Mean Fiddler - London, England
24 - Hole In The Sky Festival - Bergen, Norway
26 - Up From The Ground Open Air - Gemunden Am Main, Germany

23 June 2006

French female-fronted metallers MYSTERY BLUE finally came to an agreement with Mausoleum Records for the release of "Claws of Steels". They just signed a deal for 2 albums!
The band will be co-headlining the Tilburg Headbangers Fest festival in The Netherlands on 30 September. For more info; click here

23 June 2006

Legendary Japanese metallers LOUDNESS wil be releasing a new DVD, tentatively titled "Loudness Liveshocks World Circult 2006 - North US Tour" on August 23. The disc will feature footage from the band's North American tour, which took place earlier in the year. More information will be made available soon.
Crash Music Inc. recently released LOUDNESS' "Rockshocks" CD, a collection of re-recorded versions of some of their classic songs from their early years as chosen by the fans. Originally issued in Japan in October 2004 via Tokuma Japan Comunications, the CD includes material from the "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "Law of Devil's Land" (1983), "Disillusion" (1984) and "Thunder In the East" (1985) albums.

23 June 2006

IRON MAIDEN plan to release their new studio album, entitled "A Matter of Life and Death", in early September.

23 June 2006

KING DIAMOND have finished recording the drums, bass and rhythm guitars for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2007. The follow-up to 2003's "The Puppet Master" will contain 13 tracks (including an intro), five of which were written by the band's guitarist Andy La Rocque. Frontman King Diamond will soon begin writing the lyrics for the album, which is being recorded in Dallas, Texas and at Los Angered Recording (owned by La Rocque) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

23 June 2006

Los Angeles power/thrash metallers RESISTANCE are currently looking to fill their vacant second-guitarist position after parting ways with E.F. Martinez. The band will be entering Desert Moon Recording Studio (Anaheim, California) in the next few months to record the follow-up to their album "Lies In Black" (Lion Music). The CD is set to be mixed by Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE). National dates as well as European festival appearances will follow.
Interested parties can check out the band at www.resistancemetal.com.

23 June 2006

MERENDINE ATOMICHE comes with their second album: Raw. On August 21st, 2006, Mausoleum Records will unleash Raw on the world.

23 June 2006

Drummer Igor Cavalera has officially left SEPULTURA. He's been taking a break for family reasons, but has now decided to make this permanent. His replacement is Jean Dolabello.

23 June 2006

U.S. metallers ATTACKER have lined up the following live dates in support of their new album, "The Unknown":

July
21 at Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
22 at The Hook - Brooklyn, NY

August
19 at RPM'S Rock Club - Bridgeville, PA

September
9 at Rock Bottom Club - Thessoloniki, Greece
10 at Underworld Club - Athens, Greece
12 at Venue/City TBA - Italy
14 at Venue/City TBA - Netherlands
15 at Venue/City TBA - Belgium
16 at Swordbrothers Festival - Andernach, Germany

October
27 at The Hook - Brooklyn, NY
28 at Pirates Den - Glouster City, NJ
29 at Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

23 June 2006

MEGADETH's as-yet-untitled new album will be released on Halloween - October 31st. Leader Dave Mustaine is currently working with co-producer Jeff Balding, who helmed 2004's "The System Has Failed". The band, completed by guitarist Glen Drover, drummer Shawn Drover and bassist James Lomenzo recently returned from SARM Recording Studios just outside of London, England and are expected to resume recording this month in Los Angeles, CA.

23 June 2006

Recently reformed Bristol Thrashers ONSLAUGHT have signed to Candlelight Records for a new album entitled "Killing Peace". The band will be working with former SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap, whose impressive track record behind the desk for MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY and EXODUS, at his personal studio in Derbyshire during July. Release date is expected for late October.
Onslaught 2006 comprises vocalist Sy Keeler, guitarists Nige Rockett and Alan Jordan (of MIRROR MIRROR and FRANKENSTEIN), bass player James Hinder and drummer Nigel Grice.

Onslaught debuted in 1985 with the cult album 'Power From Hell'. The band's final album before splitting was the Polydor released 'In Search Of Sanity', fronted by GRIM REAPER and LIONSHEART singer Steve Grimmett.

23 June 2006

On June 16th, former IRON MAIDEN singer PAUL DI'ANNO released a brand new studio album entitled Paul DiAnno - The Classics, which is subtitled The Maiden Years. The CD features brand new 48 track digital recordings from 2006 of the following songs:
'Wrathchild', 'Strange World', 'Charlotte The Harlot', 'Killers', 'Prowler', 'Murders In The Rue Morgue', 'Running Free', 'Remember Tomorrow', 'Phantom Of The Opera', 'Sanctuary', 'Women In Uniform', 'Iron Maiden'.

Only 150 collectors CD copies are available world wide, and orders are limited to one per person. The only way to get your hands on this gem is to visit Paul Di'Anno's online store here.

23 June 2006

The long pursuit for the new REVEREND vocalist has ended with the signing of Michael Lance, of ANCIENT CROSS. Several months after lead singer David Wayne's (ex-METAL CHURCH) death, the band decided to carry on and search for a new singer, honoring David Wayne's pursuit and love of metal.
Davey Lee, Reverend guitarist, states, "Michael fits with the band extremely well. We weren't out to find another David Wayne, but someone who could do justice for Reverend's sound. David Wayne was a big influence on Michael's vocal style and he truly loves metal. Michael brings his own style to honor the metal mastery of David Wayne in Reverend. We will once again kick ass!"
Michael Lance, had this to say: "It's an honor to be part of something that David Wayne had created and continued to pursue before his untimely death. I will never be able replace him...I can promise to do my very best to honor him by carrying on as the new vocalist."

23 June 2006

AGENT STEEL have revealed song titles that will be featured on their upcoming as-yet-untitled album, along with an audio sample of the first. They are as follows: 'Wash The Planet Clean', 'Fashioned From Dust', 'Hail To The Chief', 'Wormwood', 'Liberty Lying Bleeding', 'Tiamat's Fall', 'Lamb To The Slaughter', 'Cold Blood', 'WPD (Worldwide Pandemic Devastation)' and 'Extinct'.
Check out an audio sample of 'Wash The Planet Clean' at this location.

As previously reported, the band have said they are looking at releasing the album in early 2007, with a European tour to follow.

15 June 2006

SOLITUDE AETURNUS have entered Nomad Recording studio (MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND, ABSU, USURPER) in Carrolton TX on June 1st to begin recording their new album for Massacre Records. The album will be entitled 'Alone' and will be the first to feature the band's new line-up which includes founder/guitarist John Perez, vocalist Robert Lowe, guitarist Steve Moseley and new members Steve Nichols on drums and James Martin on bass. Engineering and co-producing the album is Sterling Winfield, best known for his work with PANTERA and more recently the REBEL MEETS REBEL release. Massacre Records will release the album in late September/early October.

15 June 2006

GOAT HORN vocalist/bassist Jason Decay has issued the following statement:
"Goat Horn has disbanded.
Brandon Wars (guitarist) and Jason Decay will no longer carry on as Goat Horn. After years of working together the obstacles in our path to our goals has brought everything to a stand still. Instead of working together with the constant frustrations, a decision has been made and Jason Decay and Brandon Wars have gone their separate ways.
To all the fans and friends that have supported Goat Horn throughout the years; all is not lost. Through the ashes of this conclusion to the Goat Horn legacy, Decay and Wars' new music ventures will continue in separate directions. Jason Decay, along with Al Biddle (drums) will continue on down the Goat Horn path as CAULDRON once they've enlisted a new guitar player.
It was not an easy decision to make. Although everything came to a head at the last show. Sort of like breaking up with a really hot chick that's a psycho. Like she's so hot and you love banging her but in the end you hate the person she is or the person you have become.
Fan support has been a tremendous fuel for the fire that had inspired Goat Horn to give back ten fold and has never and will never be taken for granted. Everyone's encouragement and understanding is greatly appreciated in this matter."

The band should play at Germanys Headbangers Open Air festival next month but cancelled this gig. As replacement the organisation made a deal with Dutch upcoming metalband POWERVICE.

15 June 2006

LA thrashers ANGER AS ART, with ex-ABATTOIR frontman Steve Gaines, are to release a new album in September. Called 'Callous And Furor', it's been produced by Chris Trent and is to be on the Old School Metal label.

15 June 2006

Y&T has announced a personnel change with a new player in the drum seat. Mike Vanderhule joined the band for the upcoming shows. Y&T will be re-mastering and re-releasing "Earthshaker" on CD this year. Along with the re-mastered reissue of "Earthshaker", "In Rock We Trust" will also be re-mastered and re-released by the band, most likely with a bonus track.

15 June 2006

DREAM THEATER are to release a three-CD, two DVD disc set in late August through Rhino. It's to be called 'Score'. The showpiece of this is the whole of the '20th Anniversary World Tour' grand finale, filmed and recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York in April. This is nearly three hours of music, more than half performed with an orchestra.

15 June 2006

SLAYER have finally confirmed the title of their new album. It's to be called 'Christ Illusion' and should be released in early August.

15 June 2006

MOTÖRHEAD have set "Kiss of Death" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on August 29 via Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Inferno" was produced by Cameron Webb, who also

15 June 2006

THE COTTON SOETERBOEK BAND, the project formed by guitarist Alan Cotton (MAESTRO ALEX GREGORY, BTT, SOULS OF TEN) and singer Robert Soeterboek (VULTURE, AYREON, WICKED SENSATION), have updated their website (www.cottonsoeterboekband.com) with the following message from Alan:
"Hello everybody, because of previous recording and touring commitments, (bassist) Mike (Davis, HALFORD) and (drummer) Butch (Carlson, ROB ROCK) will not be able to continue with the band.
Robert and I are proud to announce the newest members to the Cotton Soeterboek Band, bassist Wim den Boer (ABYSS, JEFF & CO) and drummer Wilfried Broekman (SUGARFISH, MY BROTHER JAKE).
We have just finished two weeks of rehearsals in Boulder, Colorado (one of the most beautiful places in the country) at Dog House Music (www.doghousemusic.com) preparing for our European tour later this year. We should have some pictures posted soon. Great musician's and great guys, let me tell you, this band is Smokin'! We are real happy to have them onboard.
Because of the rehearsal schedule, mixing dates with John Custer have gotten pushed back. I will also be in Holland later this year for a few more rehearsals and for the band to finish writing the second album. Album release dates and touring schedule will be posted soon. Thanks for all your support, Alan."

15 June 2006

New York-based power metallers VIRGIN STEELE have posted the following update at their official website:
"The new Virgin Steele album is truly on schedule! David (DeFeis - singer/keyboardist) is literally one day away from completing all mixing and mastering, and I can now honestly tell you with complete confidence that it will be out in September. The name of the album is to be..."Visions Of Eden", and it is quite Epic. It is I believe the group's longest album to date, clocking in at 79 minutes and 57 seconds. We hope you will enjoy it. More information, track listing etc., will appear in the weeks ahead."

15 June 2006

NUCLEAR ASSAULT's performance at the 2005 Louder Harder Faster Festival will be released on October 10th on DVD. The DVD will feature three hours of footage, including the thrash legends' complete live set, as well as vintage footage, two new music videos, two unreleased songs, in-the-studio footage, slide shows and interviews.

15 June 2006

Bay Area Thrashers LAAZ ROCKIT have inked a deal with OSM Records to release the long awaited DVD "Live Untold". The Release date has been set for August 15th, 2006.
"Having been a fan of Laaz Rockit for a long time, this is quite an honor to be able to put out this DVD and work with one of Bay Area's finest," comments Patrick Ramseier, CEO of OSM Records.
For more information visit: www.osmrecords.net.

15 June 2006

SUFFOCATION have begun recording their new album.
The self-titled new album is being recorded at Full Force Studios in Long Island, NY. Suffocation is the follow-up to 2004's "Souls To Deny" and will see a September 2006 release via Relapse.

26 May 2006

The organizers of the Headbangers Open Air festival — which is set to take place June 14-15 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany — have issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of CANDLEMASS' appearance at the event:
"After we tried to clear the situation with CANDLEMASS in the last days we got the final statement of the management. CANDLEMASS will definately not play the HOA because singer Messiah Marcolin left the band. Therefore we were able to sign more than an alternative: the legendary METAL CHURCH, who got the headliner slot on July 15."

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
BLITZKRIEG
CHAIN RECTION
GIRLSCHOOL
GOAT HORN
HOBB'S ANGEL OF DEATH
HOLY MOSES
ICARUS WITCH
IVORY TOWER
KORPIKLAANI
MARTYR
METAL CHURCH
METAL INQUISITOR
MILES BEYOND
ORDER OF NINE
POWERSLAVE
PRAYING MANTIS
PYRAMAZE
TALES OF HORROR
TRINAKRIUS
ULYSSES SIREN


26 May 2006

NWOBHM act GASKIN contacted MMM with the following news:
GASKIN has a new line up this year, and they will be doing a 25th Anniversary gig (of the release of the 1st album in 1981). The details are on a web site they've set up for this at www.freewebs.com/gaskin25th. It would be great to see all of you there.

26 May 2006

Scotland based AGANKAST contacted MMM with the following update:
Agankast have decided to replace drummer Drew Gill this seems odd timing we know with the release of our second self produced album and gigs and promotion to follow but it was felt a change was needed now before Agankast progressed further. Especially with Bloodstock on its way and gigs up and down Britain attracting industry people checking us out. The competition out there is very strong indeed, and we felt a change was nesassary. In recent months Agankast have come on immensly as a band and have jelled together greatly.....however drummer Drew , was finding the work scedule of the band and his own personal work commitments increasingly difficult, an ammicable split has taken place and Drew still remains a close friend of the Band. So the hunt for a replacement took place this week.....Agankast have enourmous support out here in the Scottish borders and coupled with some great unexpected local press the word for a drummer spread like wildfire.......Many emails were coming in but we had already someone in mind, and today we can proudly announce he has signed for the club. He is 18 year old "James Savage". James is local to us and we have been aware of him for some time. He is a truly outstanding technical player and as we are heading out into the priemer league he is most definitely going to become very well known indeed and is unbelievably an undiscovered Dave Lombardo.....Agankast have stepped up a gear and this Agankast monster is now complete in fact things are getting better for us by the month and we are now straining at the leash to get out there. make no mistake this change now makes the band feel complete...we are four musicians determined for success....we are tooled up and ready to win Hearts from john o groats to landsend.......Agankast is now a 100% touring "Live" band your really- really going to be blown away by our Live power.......get yourselves along to see us, and see the "Savages" in action.
Agankast.

26 May 2006

MOTÖRHEAD have set "Kiss of Death" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on August 29 via Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Inferno" was produced by Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on their last effort.

26 May 2006

QUIET RIOT and L.A. GUNS have cancelled their participation in this year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany. Replacing them on the bill will be Denmark's PRETTY MAIDS and Canadian veterans ANVIL.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows now (in alphabetical order): ANVIL, ARMORED SAINT, COUNT RAVEN, DEATH ANGEL, EXODUS, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, FOREIGNER, HELLFUELED, HELLOWEEN, IN FLAMES, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, LEATHERWOLF, POWERWOLF, PRETTY MAIDS, RAVEN, RIK EMMETT, STRATOVARIUS, UNLEASHED, VENGEANCE, VICTORY, WHITESNAKE, Y&T

26 May 2006

British extreme metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH have entered Foel Studios in Wales, England to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code", tentatively due before the end of 2006 via Century Media Records.
Commented NAPALM DEATH vocalist: "After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when no one was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense — even better than 'Code...', from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true ND tradition. Can't wait for everyone to hear it."
NAPALM DEATH's new CD, tentatively titled "Smear Campaign", will include the following working songtitles, among others: "Persona Nongrata", "Smear Campaign" and "Call That an Option?"

26 May 2006

U.K. power metallers SHADOWKEEP have announced the full details of their third album, due later in the year.
The band — featuring founder guitarist duo Chris Allen and Nicki Robson, drummer Scott Higham and debutants Stony Grantham on bass and singer Richie Wicks — have been working at Thin Ice Studio in Surrey with co-producers Rich West and Karl Groom (THRESHOLD) since December and work is on schedule to be wrapped up in the early part of June.
The album will be titled "The Hourglass Effect" and is a conceptual piece with a theme based around a time in the not too distant future where the sun is prematurely dying and rapidly expanding. On Earth when the news breaks matter-of-factly we go from riot to calm to denial to partial evacuation to a new world. Billions are left behind to die. Song topics range from losing your loved ones in desperate acts of euthanasia, to dreams of being wolverine killers and chosen ones! Once the evacuation has taken place we hear of mutiny, madness and death of many of the survivors whose minds simply couldn't process the fact that they'd just witnessed the demise of their home, life and history. The phrase 'hourglass effect' is derived from how a star similar in age and size to ours which died billions of years prematurely appeared after its super nova. The resulting planetary nebula takes the shape of an ant-body or hourglass and is quite beautiful yet chillingly deadly.
According to the band, "Recording although not complete is very nearly done. Chris is currently putting the finishing touches to solos, then all that's left are sampling effects and a few keyboard parts. Richie's vocals are completely done now and editing is ongoing at this time. Artwork for the album is being worked on also, with a candidate already likely to create the image for the record in place. Watch this space for an exclusive peek at this development soon, along with further details on a release date and listening party!"

26 May 2006

U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD are currently working on material for a new studio album. No firm details are available at the moment, but the band hope to record sometime over the summer. Meanwhile guitarist Karl Groom is currently completing production on a new album for GALAHAD at Thin Ice Studios (England) entitled "Empires Never Last", including a guest guitar solo performance on the track "Sidewinder". He has also recently finished production on the new INTENSE album, which includes guest keyboards by Richard West, and is currently working on a new album for SHADOWKEEP. Meanwhile in Germany, vocalist Andrew "Mac" McDermott is writing and singing on a new album with the power metal band GALLOGLASS, and he's also half way through making a new YARGOS album.

26 May 2006

ARCH ENEMY are to release a double disc DVD in August. Called 'Live Apocalypse', most of the footage was shot at The Forum in London during December 2004, although there are also three songs filmed in Manchester last December.

26 May 2006

SPV have confirmed that the new METAL CHURCH album, "A Light In The Dark", will be released in Germany on June 16th, throughout Europe on June 19th, and in North America on June 27th. "A Light in the Dark" will feature a new version of the track 'Watch The Children Pray', a tribute to vocalist David Wayne, who passed away in May 2005.

26 May 2006

Former S.A. SLAYER and JUGGERNAUT vocalist STEVE COOPER passed away in the early morning hours of May 14 at a San Antonio, Texas hospital from complications due to kidney failure.
Cooper, who was diabetic, had been in ill health and on dialysis for several years prior to his untimely death. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to hpydragon@aol.com and will be forwarded to Steve's mother, Faye.

Mario's Metal Mania sends condolences to Steve Cooper' family, friends and fans worldwide.

26 May 2006

HELSTAR are to record a new album with the "Remnants Of War" line-up!
Guitarists Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino (both also in ETERNITY BLACK) from the "Remnants Of War"-era lineup of HELSTAR spoke recently about their plans to record new material. Helstar 2006 also features singer James Rivera (VICIOUS RUMORS), bassist Jerry Abarca and drummer Russell DeLeon (also in ETERNITY BLACK).
Barragan: "Yeah, we are a band again. The plan is to record but there again you need a label to do that. Touring, I think will be sporadic. Rob and I make our money and support our families in the corporate world; really all of us have day gigs that quite frankly pay the bills better than anything we could make on the road. So when you hear of us doing a show you know we really wanted to do it because we are basically taking vacation time to play them."
Trevino: "We are officially a band again. It is up to the people, the fans, and the labels whether or not we continue on. If the interest is there, we will continue to record and do some touring. For me, I would really like to see us put out at least one more 'official' Helstar release for the fans who've asked for it all of these years."

26 May 2006

Florida-based black metallers MORBID ANGEL have announced the following festivals and club shows for the band in Europe this summer:

August
5 - Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany
7 - Monsters Of Rock Festival in Kavarna, Bulgaria
12 - Brutal Assault Festival in Svojsice, Czech Republic
14 - Planet Music in Vienna, Austria
15 - Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary
16 - Skc Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
18 - Summer Breeze in Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, Germany
20 - 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands
22 - Mean Fiddler in London, England
24 - Hole In The Sky in Bergen, Norway
26 - Up From The Ground Open Air in Gemunden Am Main, Germany

26 May 2006

PRETTY MAIDS are currently in the studio working on the long-awaited follow-up album to 2002's 'Planet Panic'. The album will be the Danish band's first release to feature former ROYAL HUNT, KINGDOM COME and FURIOUS TRAUMA drummer Allan Tschicaja, who replaced Michael Fast in April.
Some tentative song titles already revealed for the album include 'Why Die For A Lie', 'Another Shot Of Your Love', 'Hatebreed', 'Where True Beauty Lies' and 'I Am The End'. The as-yet-untitled album is expected to be released later this year via Italy's Frontiers Records in Europe and J.V.C. Victor Entertainment in Asia. On the touring front, they have scheduled a number festival appearences during the summer including Denmark's Harboøre on June 10th and Germany's Bang Your Head on June 24th. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

26 May 2006

LORDI - Finnish monster act win Eurovision Song Contest!
This was posted shortly after the finals, from Athens, Greece, concluded:
LORDI, a Finnish metal band with monster masks and apocalyptic lyrics (similar to GWAR), won the Eurovision Song Contest late Saturday (May 20th) - a stunning upset in the competition better known for bland dance music and bubble-gum pop. The Finnish band scandalized some of their compatriots when their song 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' was chosen to represent the nation. At a press conference, the band's frontman said his plan for the final was to "scream louder. And turn the amps up." Regarded by many as the contest good taste forgot, Eurovision is adored by fans of camp everywhere. Since 1956, it has pitted European nations against one another in pursuit of pop music glory. Previous winners include '60s chanteuse Lulu, Sweden's ABBA - victors in 1974 with Waterloo - and Canada's Celine Dion , who won for Switzerland in 1988. Saturday showdown was broadcast live in 38 countries to a TV audience estimated at 100 million.

26 May 2006

ProgPower Europe organizers have announced that this year's lineup is complete. The organizers wrote in a statement:
"We have negotiated with several bands, not all the bands were available for this year so we have decided to go for the best options possible. This means that we will have two headliners for Saturday 30 September, both the Dutch amazing newcomer TEXTURES as well als Danish MERCENARY will play for 1 hour and 15 minutes. RIVERSIDE will end this year's edition of the festival witha 2 hour show. Besides Textures, the following bands complete the line-up: DREAMSCAPE, EPHEL DUATH and VOYAGER."
The final line-up for ProgPower Europe 2006 is as follows:

Friday, September 29 (free pre-party):
DREAMSCAPE, ZERO GRAVITY.

Saturday, September 30:
MERCENARY, TEXTURES, SCAR SYMMETRY, EPHEL DUATH, CHAOSWAVE, ANOTHER MESSIAH.

Sunday, October 1:
RIVERSIDE, COMMUNIC, DARK SUNS, VOYAGER, NOVA ART, PANTOMMIND.

26 May 2006

UK rock legends UFO have completed the recording of their new studio album. According to their website, the mix-down of the as-yet-untitled album will start in the middle of June.

26 May 2006

PARADOX singer/guitarist Charly Steinhauer revealed that the band plan to issue their new album, entitled "Electrify", before the end of the year:
"We're not sure when exactly the release date will be, but we are planning for end of this year. The title – until now – will be Electrify. The songs are composed and we will start the recordings in the next days. We are convinced that all fans of power-speed metal will love this record! There will be some really fast and also mid-tempo tracks, so they can put up with a broad variety of melodies and different stages of power and aggression."

12 May 2006

Finally there is a forum for one of the most underrated US-metal acts from the 80's;
BLESSED DEATH. Check it out here.

12 May 2006

Due to musical differences singer JORN LANDE left MASTERPLAN last week. According to an AFM news update, during work on their new album, Lande and the remaining band members (former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, keyboardist Axel Mackenrott and bassist Jan S. Eckert) "were having different ideas and wishes for the songwriting. While Jorn would have loved to push the style of the band more into the melodic direction, the rest of the band wanted to go back to the metal-roots of the debut album. So the decision was made to go separate ways in the future."
Kusch comments about the split: "We are not really happy about Jorn's decision, but on the other side it doesn't make sense to continue if the ideas are that different. The music would suffer from it and the music is why we are doing it. We wish Jorn a successful future and want to thank him for everything he did for us. It was a great and interesting time!"
The band is currently searching for a new singer. "There are already some possibilities that might be interesting for us, but nothing is decided yet", Kusch explains. "We hope that we can already present the new singer on the gigs we are playing this year. And for sure there won't be any changes in the musical style of Masterplan. We are currently working on the songs."

12 May 2006

Detroit-based metallers HALLOWEEN will release their highly anticipated fifth album, entitled "Horror Fire", on June 6 (06/06/06) via Motor City Metal. Check out audio samples at this location. Along with this CD, they will also be releasing seven-track EP, titled "Evil Pieces 666". The band plan to hold a CD listening party in Detroit, at the I-Rock Nightclub, on Friday, June 2. Admission will be free for any fan who downloads a flyer from the band's web site, www.HalloweenTheBand.us. Formed in 1983, HALLOWEEN gained notoriety with their highly sought-after 1984 classic metal album, entitled "Don't Metal with Evil". In April 2004 the band co-headlined the Keep It True Festival in Germany

12 May 2006

DESTRUCTION have posted the following message on their official web site:
"After the return from their successful Latin America tour (sadly interrupted with some promoter problems as reported) the band is now preparing for their next release. After the North America tour starting May 26th the guys will hit the studio to record a 'best of the early years' album!
"As it's really difficult to get the old records those days and to avoid a 'best of album" with only old recordings in rather poor quality, we've have chosen the solution to re-record many of the '80s classix, including one or two tunes of the 'Crack Brained' album (where Schmier wasn't singing!!!). It's great fun to pick and rehearse the old songs at the moment. With a powerful sound and the brutal energy that the band delivers nowadays, there is no doubt that this will fuckin' shred!
"After the [North American] tour the band will hit the roads in Europe for the summer festival season and thrash the Netherlands and the U.K. in September."
DESTRUCTION are continuing to tour in support of their latest CD, "Inventor of Evil", which is available in Europe on AFM Records and in North America on Candlelight Records.

12 May 2006

NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR have posted the following message on their official web site:
"The band have announced an exciting project and they want your input! They are putting together a JAGUAR collector's CD that will contain material that is either rare, or that has never been publicly released before. They want you to send them your comments/stories/abuse on what JAGUAR's music has meant to you, gig memories, times you met the band, etc. The band will then pick some of these to be part of the sleeve notes for the CD."
JAGUAR are currently writing material for a new studio album, which they plan on recording later in the year. No further information is currently available.
JAGUAR's most recent studio album, "Run Ragged", was released in July 2003 through Angel Air Records.

12 May 2006

LOUDNESS will be releasing their 25th Anniversary album on November 25th, the band's official birthday. Niihara released his new solo album on February 22nd in Japan. The album is called "Ashes To Glory" and the track list is as follows: 'It's All Over Now', 'Fever', 'Zero', 'Long Live Your Life', 'Eternity', 'Easy Money', 'Is This First Time', 'Blue Ballad', 'Here We Go', 'Ashes To Glory'.

12 May 2006

NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth has been forced to pull out of the band's US tour with In Flames. This is because he's suffering from severe kidney problems, and is being temporarily replaced by JAG PANZER's Chris Broderick. We wish Smyth a full and rapid recovery. This the second medical blow to hit Nevermore, with bassist Jim Sheppard also forced to sit out the tour, due to illness. He's been replaced by James MacDonaugh.

12 May 2006

Despite announcements from CANDLEMASS singer Messiah Marcolin that he was quitting the Swedish band, it now seems that may not be the case. Candlemass claim that he's been suffering from what's described as 'severe pre-recording psychosis', and that he will be on their new, as yet untitled record.
And so the story goes on..........

12 May 2006

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced more European live dates in support of their latest album, "Operation: Mindcrime II". Confirmed dates are as follows:

June
3 - Monster of Rock in Milton Keynes, UK
4 - Manchester Academy in Manchester, UK
5 - Hof ter Lo in Antwerp, Belgium
6 - Big Box in Kempten, Germany
7 - Arena in Oberhausen, Germany
9 - Sweden Rock Fest in Solvesborg, Sweden
10 - Arrow Rock Festival in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
11 - tba in Oslo, Norway
12 - tba in Helsinki, Finland
14 - tba in Athens, Greece
17 - Lorca Rock Festival in Lorca, Spain

12 May 2006

The following brief message has been posted at the EXHORDER MySpace page:
"In response to all the email requests and offers for Exhorder to get back together and/or to play shows we would like to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement but Exhorder will NOT be getting back together.
Sad to say, but the official status of Exhorder is "Permanently Disbanded"."

7 May 2006

Former ICARUS WITCH members Greg Gruben (vocals/guitars) and Keith Hurka (drums), along with Patrick Polumbo (bassist), have resurrected the Cleveland/Pittsburgh-based act MSOD (pronounced "em-sodd"). The band recently completed the Metal Symphony Of Darkness EP that features the following tracks: 'Darksoul', 'Mastermind' and 'Maelstrom'. The EP was produced by Lance Dean (MEGADETH, SOULFLY, DOKKEN).
A review of this EP will follow soon on MMM

7 May 2006

D.R.I. guitarist Spike Cassidy has been diagnosed as suffering from colon cancer. We at MMM wish him all the best & a quick and full recovery!!!

7 May 2006

EXCITER frontman Jacques Belanger has left the Canadian thrash legends again according to guitarist John Ricci. "Since our new material is ready to record, we might 'hire' a singer just to sing on the new album and then find a permanent replacement later," Ricci adds. Exciter are now forced to cancel all forthcoming live dates including MQ Musicfest in Toronto and Minneapolis Mayhem 3. Exciter's last studio release was 204's New Testament - Coven of Re-Recorded Classics, which was released by Osmose Productions.

7 May 2006

CANDLEMASS vocalist Messiah Marcolin revealed that he has left the Swedish doomsters and that it's 100 percent definite that he will not return. "We could not agree on how to do the new album," he said, but would not further elaborate on his sudden departure. Marcolin spent the early months of 2006 recovering from an infection of the vocal cords and was ordered by his doctor to wait until this summer before resuming singing. CANDLEMASS recorded four new songs with producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD) in late February at the new Polar studios in Stockholm, Sweden. At the time, the group's bassist/songwriter Leif Edling said of the material, "The songs are pretty much in the same vein as the stuff on the [self-titled 2005] reunion album, maybe a bit darker."

7 May 2006

AUTOPSY are to release a double disc DVD next month through Peaceville. It's to be called "Dark Crusades".

7 May 2006

EIDOLON, the band formed in Canada in 1993 by current Megadeth players Shawn & Glen Drover, has a new album THE PARALLEL OTHERWORLD set for release on Escapi Music in June. Still active members of Megadeth, the brothers with their own brand of Power and Thrash, have recorded a career defining record. The icing on the cake here is provided by the unmistakable vocals of Pagan's Mind singer Nils K Rue. Michael Romeo (Symphony X) Michael Denner & Hank Sherman (Mercyful Fate) Frank Aresti (Fates Warning) are among the guests on this stunning slab of metal.

7 May 2006

NEVERMORE bassist Jim Sheppard has been forced to pull out of the band's upcoming US tour with In Flames. This is because he's receiving treatment for Crohn's Disease. His place is to be taken by ex-Megadeth man James Macdonaugh.

7 May 2006

HATE ETERNAL have posted the following message on their official web site:
"[We] wanted to let you all know we have finally secured European dates that will not get cancelled. We want to apologize to all our European fans for the delay and cancellations due to problems within the band. We are ecstatic about touring Europe and proud to announce Reno Kiilerich [ex-DIMMU BORGIR, DEW SCENTED, VILE, PANZERCHRIST] as our drummer for this European tour. Reno has done tremendous things in the genre and we are very excited to welcome him to the fold. He will do an amazing job and we are very eager to tour together.

7 May 2006

San Fransisco-based power metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have posted the following update at their website:
"Congratulations to Larry Howe who has been asked to play drums for W.A.S.P. on their US and European tours this summer! And also to Carl Albert's son, Keven Albert, guitarist for Bay Area thrash band, KAOS who will be filling in on guitar with ULYSSES SIREN at the Headbanger's Open Air Festival in Germany. Give em Hell Larry and Keven!! Meanwhile, VR will be busy mixing the tracks they've just finished recording and planning the tour for their upcoming CD, Sonic Rebellion. The material was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Juan Oretga and includes guitarists Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) and Thaen Rassmussen. Sonic Rebellion is scheduled for release in October/November 2006 with a tour to follow. All you hardcore VR fans are going to love this new CD, even the rough mixes sound RIPPING!! Stay tuned for more info."

7 May 2006

The Live DVD of ROB ROCK has been postponed to a later date. They are now working on a South American tour for November of 2006. In the meantime they will be writing new songs and planning their next album.

7 May 2006

LEGION OF THE DAMNED (formerly known as OCCULT) website news:
"During our last tour, bass player Twan Fleuren left the band because of family matters. After having spoken with Twan we all decided that it was best for him to focus on his family and leave the band.
Within no time we found a new member in Harold Gielen, who complements the band perfectly. He also plays the guitar in MANGLED and INHUME. Harold already joined Legion Of The Damned on the last day of the tour at the 013 venue in Tilburg (Holland) and you'll definitely be seeing more of him in the future.
We wish Twan Fleuren all the best in life and we welcome Harold Gielen to our line-up.

7 May 2006

San Francisco, Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS have announced the following European dates for this summer in support of their current album, "Shovel Headed Kill Machine":

June
14 - Bosuil in Weert, Holland
15 - Metropool in Hengelo, Holland
16 - tba in France
17 - Lorcarock Madrid, Spain
18 - Abart Club in Zürich, Switzerland
20 - tba in Germany
21 - Zeche Carl in Essen, Germany
22 - Bastart Club in Osnabruck, Germany
23 - Bang Your Head in Balingen, Germany
25 - Graspop in Dessel, Belgium

20 April 2006

It´s confirmed now! DEADLY BLESSING will be the second headliner of the Swordbrothers Festival 4!!!
Set to take place on September 16, 2006 at JuZ Andernach, Germany.

Festival lineup:
ATTACKER (USA)
DEADLY BLESSING (USA)
RAM (SWE)
SOLEMNITY (D)
ABSOLUTE STEEL (NOR)
RAVAGE (USA)
STORMRIDER (D)
PHENIX (F)
INFLUENCE (NL)

For more information about the festival click here.

20 April 2006

Former DUST TO DUST and current METAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION drummer Steve Tobin has been tapped by TYPE O NEGATIVE's Peter Steele to be the drummer in Steele's new version of CARNIVORE, which is planning on playing select dates later in the year.
According to Tobin, two gigs have been tentatively booked in Europe, with more to come. Steve recently recorded an instrumental rock/prog rock CD with guitarist Mike Orlando (endorsed by Zakk Wylde), and has done numerous studio sessions in L.A., Nashville, and New York.
Natives of Brooklyn, N.Y., CARNIVORE spent their early years in the 1980s earning a reputation as one of the area's most dangerous bands. Crowds would stare in utter shock as these instrument-wielding warriors would take the stage clad in futuristic outfits that typified the meaning of CARNIVORE. Dressed to the hilt in fur-covered shoulder pads, spikes, hockey equipment, nails and anything that gave them the appearance of flesh-eating monsters, CARNIVORE frequently drenched the front rows of their audiences with blood, brains, and innards, provoking a maniacal reaction like frenzied sharks being taunted with buckets of chum.
Original CARNIVORE guitarist Keith Alexander (later of the short-lived PRIMAL SCREAM project) was killed in a bike accident on July 11, 2005. In addition to playing with CARNIVORE, Alexander spent a three-year stint with Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER, touring extensively throughout North America and Scandinavia, with some audiences numbering over 20,000.

20 April 2006
San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting (see LINKS), set to take place June 23-25 in Dessel, Belgium.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Friday, June 23:
WHITESNAKE, LACUNA COIL, SATYRICON, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, MOONSPELL, EVERGREY, EDGUY, TRIVIUM, Y&T, LEAVES' EYES, ANVIL, THE GATHERING, GOJIRA, SOILWORK, 36 CRAZYFISTS

Saturday, June 24:
GUNS N' ROSES, KORN, SOULFLY,OPETH, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, OBITUARY, ALICE IN CHAINS, THE NEW YORK DOLLS, STONE SOUR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL, AKERCOCKE, BLOODSIMPLE, THE DATSUNS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Sunday, June 25:
MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, CRADLE OF FILTH, IN FLAMES, HELLOWEEN, ARCH ENEMY, AFTER FOREVER, EXODUS, ARMORED SAINT, AGNOSTIC FRONT, DEVILDRIVER, AS I LAY DYING, IGNITE, DRAGONFORCE, ENSIFERUM, MACHINE MEN

20 April 2006

CRIMSON GLORY members Jon Drenning (guitar), Jeff Lords (bass) and Ben Jackson (guitar) have finally reunited with their original singer Midnight, following the massive demand from their loyal fanbase around the globe and are ready to take on the world.
Now that CRIMSON GLORY are back, metal fans all around the world can rejoice, as there is a wealth of material that the band will release through Greece's Black Lotus Records — on this — the band's 20th anniversary.

Firstly the remasters:
The much revered eponymous debut album of CRIMSON GLORY will be expanded — remastered and have a new title. "Lost Reflections" will not only feature new artwork, new and previously unseen band photos, lyrics and new liner notes but also the added bonus of the previously unreleased songs — "Love Me - Kill Me" and "Dream Dancer", which was originally only found on the Par cassette release of the album and on some hard to find singles, a new video for the song "Lost Refection" and a band interview about the first CD, shedding light on how this magnificent opus was crafted.
Apart from the debut, an upgraded version of the band's defining masterpiece "Transcendence" will be released — subtitled "Transcendence: Renovatio", featuring new cover art, unpublished band photos, lyrics and new liner notes, new mastering, demo versions of two songs as bonuses, a new video for the song "Painted Skies" and a band interview about the second CD. "Lost Reflections" and "Transcendence: Renovatio" are scheduled for release on June 26 in Europe and August 22 in the U.S.

Later in this year and beyond:
There are plans for a DVD with the tentative title "Phantoms of the Opera". Also an "Astronomica" *redux* newly recorded, with Midnight at the helm, a collection with many rare and previously unreleased songs and last but certainly NOT least the band's BRAND NEW album in mid-2007.

20 April 2006

WINTERS BANE will release their new album, "Redivivus", in Europe on June 30 via Metal Heaven Records.
Since their formation in 1990, WINTERS BANE has consistently created some of the most memorable heavy metal songs ever written. In their first incarnation with present ICED EARTH vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, BEYOND FEAR), they released the classic "Heart Of A Killer" album in 1993 (re-issued as two-CD set by Century Media in 2000). The third effort by the powerhouse U.S. metal outfit is the first to feature POWERGOD/ex-SPIRAL TOWER singer Alex Koch and ex-HELLOWEEN member Mark Cross on drums. "Redivivus" was produced by Curran Murphy (ex-NEVERMORE, ANNIHILATOR) and Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBATH, HELLOWEEN), with mastering by RD Liapakis (MYSTIC PROPHECY).
The European version of "Redivivus" will include four bonus tracks.

20 April 2006

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band VIO-LENCE have completed work on their two-disc DVD, "Blood and Dirt", tentatively due later in the year via Megaforce. Produced and directed by Jerry Allen of Metallian Productions, "Blood and Dirt" is over three and a half hours long and contains "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."

Former VIO-LENCE and current MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel recently announced that the upcoming DVD will serve as VIO-LENCE's "final release and function as a band. There will be no more re-releases, reunions or re-anything. We had a blast writing and performing for you and once again, wholeheartedly, thank you all for it."
Megaforce Records reissued VIO-LENCE's classic debut album, "Eternal Nightmare", with a live bonus CD in June 2005. The bonus disc was recorded on December 14, 2001 at Slim's in San Francisco and was mixed by Chris Hanson (TECHNOCRACY, THE SERVANTS, M.I.R.V., RIVERRED) of Redcar Lane Productions.
VIO-LENCE's lineup on "Eternal Nightmare" included vocalist Sean Killian, bassist Deen Dell, drummer Perry Strickland, and guitarists Phil Demmel and Robb Flynn (both now in MACHINE HEAD).

20 April 2006

The new SAXON double album, "The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III", will be released in a top-value digi-pack in June.
CD1 contains many of the classics from the band's early years up to 1984, including the release of their landmark album, "Crusader".
CD 2 features the most important songs from the recent past, starting with tracks from their 1991 comeback release, "Solid Ball Of Rock", and ending with material from "Lionheart" (2004) - with one exception: 'Broken Heroes' from their 1985 recording, "Innocence Is No Excuse".

20 April 2006

DEF LEPPARD have announced that they will release their 12th studio album Yeah! on May 23.
Said frontman Joe Elliott, "I thought it was about time we showed the world what our true roots were... British pop rock from the early to mid 70's. The songs on this album are at least partly responsible for us making the kind of music that we do."

20 April 2006

The following update has been posted at the SUN CAGED website (see LINKS):
"Last Sunday we found our new bass player.
His name is Roel Vink, he is a young bass player with a lot of good musical ambitions, and we will start to work hard on learning him all the songs.
Rob Van Der Loo will play the last time with Sun Caged on April 27th in Tilburg (013, Batcave). Free entrance. Our drummer Roel Van Helden also has his conservatorium examn this evening. Roel Vink will play live with us for the first time at the Elsrock Festival in Rijssen, The Netherlands on August 26th.We welcome Roel in the Sun Caged camp !
We are currently recording our second album. All drums have been recorded, and now Marcel and Rene are recording their tracks. Barend Tromp (ex-Lemur Voice) will play bass on a few songs, and also will play a sitar solo in one of our songs. It will be great for the fans of Lemur Voice to see Marcel work with Barend again, since Lemur Voice splitted up in 2000."

20 April 2006

Legendary Bay Area metal band ANVIL CHORUS will be playing a one-off gig at the Rampage Radio 24th anniversary show on April 21, 2006 at Annie's Social Club in San Francisco.

The group's lineup will consist of the following:
Thaen Rasmussen - Guitar
Aaron Zimpel - Bass, Lead Vocals
Joe Bennett - Drums
Phil Bennett - Keyboards
Carlos Hernandez – Guitar

In other news, ANVIL CHORUS are currently recording the album that never happened in the mid-'80s. Gere Fennelly has bowed out on keyboards, but drummer Joe Bennett's brother Phil has stepped in and is said to be "a great keyboardist." Doug Piercy (ex-HEATHEN) is still in the fold for the album and future shows, but is unable to attend the Rampage show. Filling in for Piercy is Carlos Hernandez of BLACK SUN.

20 April 2006

Dutch rock band THE GATHERING has had to cancel the first month of the upcoming leg of their European Homelands tour due to an illness.
Singer Anneke van Giersbergen is suffering from an obstinate bronchial and sinus infection, which has taken a turn for the worse over the past few days. The band issued a statement, saying: "The band very much regrets having to take this step, but Anneke's health will have to come first."
Because of the severity of the illness, the band is forced to cancel all shows in Europe and the Netherlands scheduled between April 19th, 2006 and May, 28th 2006. "We are consulting with promoters to try to reschedule the concerts to later this year so that tickets would remain valid," declares the band's management.
The band's latest recording, "Home", was released today in North America (via The End Records) and over the weekend in Europe via the bands own label, Psychonaut Records.
The Gathering will resume touring starting in June.

20 April 2006

The new guitarist for LIZZY BORDEN is Ira Black (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS, METAL CHURCH).
"Ira came in, turned up and started shredding up the place, I can't wait for everyone to hear him play all the Borden songs. The rehearsals so far have been just crushing! He's just the new blood we've been dying for", reports Lizzy.

Lizzy Borden have decided to go back to their classic line up of two guitarists, so they are still on the lookout for a second guitarist of equal abilities.
Any interested Guitarist:
Must live in Los Angeles
Must be a shredder with taste (Rhoads/Wylde)
Must have stage presence and be a part of the Lizzy Borden Show.
Send them a link to your website so they may hear samples of your playing and see pictures. (No Snail mail please).
Submit your links here.

10 April 2006

HEIR APPARENT, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and ONSLAUGHT are among the confirmed bands for the Keep It True VII festival, set to take place November 4 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. "This will be the litte 'smaller' edition of the festival and we can sell only 500 tickets," the organizers write in a press release. "We already sold 300 tickets [at Keep It True VI on April 8] and so there are only 200 tickets left for sale."

Keep It True VII "Keepers Of The Reign" festival lineup:
HEIR APPARENT
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
ONSLAUGHT
WOLF
WARHAMMER
ARCTIC FLAME
MESSENGER


For more information, visit the website (see LINKS).

10 April 2006

According to a posting on The Official Mekong Delta Thrash Pages, work on new material from the legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA "is progressing nicely. Five of the eight group songs are completely finished musically. The other three are a little more difficult to complete because of special rhythms used. Ralf [Hubert, bass] and Peter [Sjöberg, guitar; also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE] concluded they would first finish the eight group songs (and maybe even record them first) before working on the classical adaptation and the two orchestral ones. They have not been together yet because of the great progess on the drums. The three members will probably meet each other in Norway (where Uli [Kusch, drums; MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN] lives nowadays) for rehearsals soon."

MEKONG DELTA have yet to find a suitable singer to complete the group's current lineup.

10 April 2006

Veteran Polish death metallers VADER will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland on April 22 with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawscy to begin recording their new album, "Impressions in Red", for a September 4 release via Regain Records. The recording sessions for the new CD — which, in contrast to the futuristic content of "The Art Of War" MCD, will be entirely focused on dark and mystical vision of hell on earth, inspired by works of medieval visionaries like Hieronymous Bosh — will run through May 25 and the album will feature cover artwork and layout by Greek artist Seth (PARADISE LOST, ROTTING CHRIST, SEPTIC FLESH). The album will be supported with a massive promotional campaign beginning on September 17, when the band will kick off a 90-date tour of Europe. In 2007 VADER will appear on tours in North and South America, Asia, Eastern Europe and some other countries.

10 April 2006

TIWANAKU, the central Florida-based death metal band featuring Emo Mowery (ex-NOCTURNUS, ex-LEASH LAW) on guitar/vocals and Mike Estes (BURNING INSIDE, ACHERON) on guitar, have solidified a full line-up by recruiting some of the area's most talented musicians. New members include Chris Pangman on vocals, Derek Hubbard on bass, and Josh "Pope of Metal" Woodhouse on drums. The band has been rehearsing the material from the 2003 demo and writing material together for a full-length album, for which pre-production recordings have already commenced. An official web site, www.tiwanakuband.com, is now under construction so keep checking back for new pictures, member profiles, show updates, and album samples.

Commented Emo Mowery: "This has been a very long time in the making but what we have here has been well worth the wait!!!! Many posts and many members have come and gone but finally this can be called a band. Rehearsals are sounding awesome and the new material is skull-crushing and very metal!! This is a very exciting time!!! This new line-up is kicking ass!! The vocal department is VERY powerful, guitars are tight and crushing, the bass is thick and clear, and the drums are, needless to say, fucking awesome! We are becoming a well-oiled metal machine!!!! We'll be announcing our first live appearance very soon!"

10 April 2006

Reformed classic British thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT will enter the studio the first week of July to begin recording their new album, "Killing Peace", tentatively due in September via an as-yet-undetermined label. The band's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-MIRROR MIRROR, FRANKENSTEIN).

ONSLAUGHT recorded three albums in the late 1980s — including the underrated "In Search of Sanity" (1989, Polydor), featuring ex-GRIM REAPER frontman Steve Grimmett — before calling it a day.

10 April 2006

SHATTER MESSIAH, featuring former NEVERMORE, ANNIHILATOR guitarist Curran Murphy and Annihilator drummer Robert Falzano, have inked a deal with Dockyard 1.
Says the label, "Having sharpened his guitar prowess by playing technically demanding songs on numerous tours as a member of Nevermore and Annihilator, Curran Murphy is now stepping out of the shadows of these acclaimed acts to form his own band, Shatter Messiah.
Shatter Messiah's sound is a viciously intense mixture combining Curran's Metal roots with classic Thrash and Power Goth, resulting in compositions of over the top aggression and melodic skill. These musical works showcase Curran's awe-inspiring guitar playing and a flair for dramatic songwriting.
To be able to complete the band he had in mind, Curran required a vocalist for Shatter Messiah that could literally sing anything, from demonic growls to a melodious angelic choir, piercing highs to earth shattering lows. Just as Curran began to think that this vocalist did not exist, Greg "Wags" Wagner (BREAKER; ex-ARCHETYPE) auditioned for the position, and Curran knew that he had finally found the singer that would put no limits on his musical vision. Drum viruoso Robert Falzano played together with Curran in Annihilator and came along with longtime friend Ron Boisvert (bass). And we are equally excited to have finally signed this outstanding band! There's a lot to come, starting with the release of their debut album, "Never To Play The Servant", soon!"

In other news singer/guitarist Greg Wagner's older band H.A.T.E. is currently recording their debut album at Curran's Smiley Sounds Studios. The drum tracks are finished and Greg Wagner has begun the rythm guitar tracks. He hopes to have the album done before Shatter goes on tour later this year.
Check out Greg Wagners MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/wagsbrutalmetal

10 April 2006

VICTORY and GORILLA MONSOON will be special guests of METAL CHURCH on their upcoming "A Light In The Dark", hitting Europe at the end of May.
Dates include:

May
31 - Ludwigsburg, Germany at Rockfabrik

June
1 - München, Germany at Metropolis
2 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
4 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob
5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands at Melkweg
6 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
7 - Hannover, Germany at Musikzentrum
8 - Flensburg, Germany at Roxy Music Hall
9 - Sölvesborg, Sweden at Sweden Rock Festival (no Gorilla Monsoon)
10 - Copenhagen, Denmark at The Rock (no Gorilla Monsoon)

July
14 - Derbyshire, England at Bloodstock Open Air 2006
20 - 22 - Geiselwind, Germany at Open Air

August
3 - 6 - Kavarna, Bulgaria at Monsters Of Rock Festival

As previously reported, Steamhammer/SPV report that Metal Church will release their new album, "A Light In The Dark", in Germany on May 26th, in Europe on May 29th and in the USA in early June.

10 April 2006

Legendary New York hardcore/metal act CRUMBSUCKERS now have a new website online at www.crumbsuckers.net.

As previously reported, the band will be reuniting for a special show to mark the 20th anniversary of their classic Life Of Dreams release. Original members Chris Notaro (vocals), Chuck Lenihan (guitar; GENITORTURERS), Gary Meskil (bass; PRO-PAIN) and Dan Richardson (drums; LIFE OF AGONY, PRO-PAIN, STEREOMUD) will be accompanied by an as-yet-undetermined second guitarist for a reunion concert in New York City on August 3rd at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill.

Crumbsuckers released two full-length albums through the Combat label - 1986's Life Of Dreams and 1988's Beast On My Back - before finally calling it a day in the early Nineties. Several members embarked on a melodic metal venture called HEAVY RAIN, but that band was short-lived. The rhythm section of Meskil and Richardson went on to Pro-Pain, while Chuck Lenihan ended up with Genitorturers.

10 April 2006

Season Of Mist will issue the first DVD from Chicago-based horror metallers MACABRE on June 2nd.
Entitled "Live in Holland - True Tales Of Slaughter And Slaying", the DVD will contain multi-camera footage shot on August 26th, 2005 on the Murder Metal tour at the Bibelot in Dordrecht, Holland.
The DVD will appear in special deluxe metalpak. More details as they surface.

10 April 2006

Greek indie metal label Black Lotus Records has issued the following message in regards to recent signing OUTBURST:
Outburst are a young and exciting Dutch band that has been stirring up media attention for the past few years on the strength of a handful of particularly well received mini-albums and their impressive live showdowns.
The band is musically comparable with acts such as SHADOWS FALL, THE HAUNTED, TESTAMENT, CARCASS and EXODUS, but their sound is not a poor copy-cat attempt at Thrash/Death, but a brutal and energetic columniation of their aforementioned influences.
They have supported such acts as ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, ARCH ENEMY, DARKANE, TANKARD and many more and have performed at their local edition of Ozzfest back in 2002, on the strength of which they were invited to play the Milwaukee Metalfest (USA) in 2003.
Black Lotus Record proudly announces the addition of this band to it's roster and the release of their newest effort, "Fair And Balanced", this June.
Apart from a plethora of killer tracks - the aforementioned album features the vocal talents of 2 guest singers, namely Lenzig from CEPHALIC CARNAGE and Eric from TEXTURES. Get ready - because this June is gonna be way "hotter" than the last. Watch this space for details as they unfold.

10 April 2006

US rocker TED NUGENT has confirmed more upcoming world tour dates with his band featuring bassist Barry Sparks (DOKKEN) and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown (Dokken).
Confirmed dates are as follows:

May
25 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
26 - Hamburg, Germany at Frabrik
27 - Roeselare, Belgium at Schwung Festival
28 - Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn
29 - Munich, Germany at Elserhalle
30 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7

June
1 - Madrid, Spain at Macumba
2 - Barcelona, Spain at Bikini
3 - Milton Keynes, UK at Monsters of Rock
4 - Nottingham, UK at Rock City
5 - Newcastle, UK at Newcastle Academy
6 - Glasgow, Scotland at ABC
7 - Dublin, Ireland at Vicar Street
9 - Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands at Arrow Rock Fest
10 - Solvesborg, Sweden at Sweden Rock Festival
11 - Helsinki, Finland at House of Culture

July
12-15 - Walker, MN at Moondance Jam

10 April 2006

MASTERPLAN will begin recording their third album in September. The recording sessions are expected to take the band through October. As with the previous two albums, it will be produced by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, BLAZE). A tentative release has been scheduled for March 2007.
As previously reported, Masterplan/ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch has reworked the Helloween song 'The Departed (Sun Is Going Down)', which he wrote for the band's 2000 album The Dark Ride, for the debut album from his new project, BEAUTIFUL SIN. Now entitled 'Lost', the song features the same guitar riffs and structure with new lyrics and slightly altered vocal melodies. The song is featured on the CD sampler that comes with Rock Hard's February issue (#225 - EDGUY cover story). The debut album is due to be released in the spring via AFM.
Beautiful Sin features Kusch on drums, female vocalist Magali Luyten from, guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad and bassist Steinar Krokmo (both from PAGAN'S MIND) and keyboardist/Masterplan bandmate Axel Mackenrott.

29 March 2006

ROSE TATTOO's guitarist Pete Wells has lost his battle with prostate cancer. A statement at their website (see LINKS) reads as follows: "We have to announce with much sadness that Pete Wells passed away today. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. The good news is that Pete's music will live on for the inspiration of generations to come. R.I.P. Pete Wells - a great musician, a rock n' roll legend and most importantly, a great friend." The ex-BUFFALO guitarist formed the band with recognizable frontman Angry Anderson in 1976 and the band tried to follow the footsteps of fellow countrymen AC/DC. Mario's Metal Mania sends condolences to Wells' family, friends and fans worldwide.

29 March 2006

Dutch melodic death/thrash act FUELBLOODED (formerly SACRAMENTAL SACHEM) will be supporting German thrashers DESTRUCTION on September 9 at the Dynamo club in Eindhoven, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are DEAD HEAD and LEGION OF THE DAMNED (formerly OCCULT).

FUELBLOODED's debut album, "Inflict the Inevitable", is scheduled for release on March 20 via Copro Records. The CD was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, INVOCATOR, RAUNCHY, COMMUNIC) and features artwork by Travis Smith (ANATHEMA, OPETH, KATATONIA).

29 March 2006

Reunited North Carolina-based progressive metallers CONFESSOR will release their "Live in Norway" DVD on May 15 in Europe and June 13 in the USA and rest of the world. "The footage [which was filmed in late September 2005 in Oslo, Norway] has beed edited and the mix is all finished up," the band write on their web site. "We are very excited that the DVD will be in 5.1 Surround Sound! So those of you with killer speakers should get the true live CONFESSOR experience. The DVD will include CONFESSOR studio footage, the music video for 'Wig Stand', including interviews with the characters and crew, and a special 'drum deconstruction' section by Steve Shelton."

CONFESSOR "Live in Norway" DVD track listing:
01. Collapse Into Despair
02. Cross The Bar
03. Prepare Yourself
04. The Downside
05. Sour Times
06. Uncontrolled
07. Wig Stand
08. Eve of Salvation
09. Suffer

29 March 2006

Long-running Birmingham-based heavy metal band MARSHALL LAW, who at one time featured Lee Morris of PARADISE LOST, have announced the addition of SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost to the group's ranks. "Jack is no newcomer to the metal scene, having played in SAVATAGE, METALIUM, THE BRONX CASKET COMPANY (with DD Verni and Tim Mallare of OVERKILL), SPEEED (with Aaron Randell and Ray Hartmann of ANNIHILATOR), SEVEN WITCHES (with Joey Vera of ARMORED SAINT) and finally, FROST BITE," the band write in a statement. "As of late, he has also been mixing and producing the SEVEN WITCHES albums which he will continue to do. The band welcomes Jack and looks forward to working with him."
MARSHALL LAW have spent the last few years crafting a new album entitled "Axis of Power". Previous LPs include "Marshall Law" in 1990, "Powergame" in 1993, "Law In The Raw" in 1996, "Metal Detector" in 1997 and "Warning From History" in 1999. Sanctuary Records issued a double CD anthology set, "Power Crazy", in 2002

29 March 2006

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM drummer Craig Nielsen has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"We have just been offered, and have accepted, a November tour over two weeks in Europe that will include Moscow and a St. Petersberg, Russia show, along with London, Rome and other major capital dates, including a co-headline play on the German Keep It True festival. The band has never been to Russia, and not to London in a very long time, and we are extremely happy with the itinerary. Also, the more I see how the June, German Bang Your Head festival is developing, it is my opinion that it is by far the best festival in Europe this year. . . We are also playing the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, two shows over Memorial Day weekend, late May, for what's being called the Clubbers Ball Expo, a first-of-its-kind event. There will be some major headliners there that will be confirmed very soon. Besides musical performances, there will also be a huge trade show for all things underground, and some mainstream."
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's "Live In Japan" DVD was released last month via Crash Music, Inc. The disc was filmed over three shows in Japan in January of 2004.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's latest album, "Dreams of Death", is available now on Crash Music, Inc. The CD was engineered by Tom Giatron and produced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and Tom Giatron at Genesis Studios in Phoenix. Travis Smith did the cover art.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM was formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1984 by bassist Jason Newsted, who eventually left the band to join METALLICA. The group currently consists of Eric A.K. (vocals), Craig Nielsen (drums), Jason Ward (bass), Mark Simpson (guitar) and Ed Carlson (guitar).

29 March 2006

THE HAUNTED are to start recording their new, as yet untitled album in May. It's being produced by Tue Madsen, with an October release scheduled through Century Media.

29 March 2006

GWAR are to work with Devin Townsend on their next album. To be called 'Go To Hell', the record should be out later in the year.

29 March 2006

UK legends RAVEN are the final act confirmed for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival (see LINKS), set to take place June 23rd - 24th, in Balingen, Germany.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (two more acts to be confirmed): WHITESNAKE, IN FLAMES, FOREIGNER, STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN, Y&T, QUIET RIOT, RIK EMMETT, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, DEATH ANGEL, RAVEN, UNLEASHED, EXODUS, ARMORED SAINT, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, VENGEANCE, LEATHERWOLF, COUNT RAVEN, VICTORY, L.A. GUNS, POWERWOLF, HELLFUELED.

29 March 2006

California's LEATHERWOLF have posted the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, "World Asylum", as well as new audio samples of the tracks "Derailed" and "Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)" at this location.
Leatherwolf recently signed with Massacre Records for the territory of Europe and will release "World Asylum", on June 23rd, coinciding with the band's European festival appearances at Graspop and Bang Your Head.

"World Asylum" introduces new voice Wade Black (ex-CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES), guitarist Eric Halpern (ex-DESTINY'S END, HELSTAR), and bassist extraordinaire Pete Perez (RIOT, SPASTIC INK) alongside original members, guitarist Geoff Gayer and drummer Dean Roberts. States Roberts who also served as producer and engineer on the new outing: "We've had a lot of obstacles to overcome to finally get to this point, including losing members along the way, but it was well worth the effort. I can honestly say that this is our best record ever - it's heavy, it's progressive, and it's metal through and through. This is the album we've always wanted to make but couldn't for various reasons, but we got it right this time around. We can't wait for people to hear the new songs and we look forward to playing them live this summer."
Mixed by Danish studio whiz Jacob Hansen (ROB ROCK, COMMUNIC, RAUNCHY), World Asylum marks the group's first album since their 1999 live disc, Wide Open.The album tracklisting reads as follows: 'I Am The Law', 'King Of The Ward', 'Behind The Gun', 'Live Or Die', 'Disconnect', 'Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)', 'Institutions', 'Derailed', 'The Grail', 'Never Again'.
Mp3 samples of 5 new songs are currently posted at www.leatherwolfmusic.com

29 March 2006

FATES WARNING guitarist Frank Aresti has a new outfit called DARK DAY SUNDAY which he calls "old school thrash, without sounding dated." The band has the following three songs streaming at their MySpace page, located here: 'One Bullet Away', 'This Is Vengeance' and 'The Darkness That C...'.

16 March 2006

Tilburg Headbangers Fest is the name of a "new" festival that will take place on the 30th of September at Cafe/Bar Extase, Tilburg, The Netherlands. The festival is co-organised & sponsored by Mario's Metal Mania Webzine.
Bands that will play that day are: CEREMONY OF OPPOSITES, CHAINSAW, FORETOLD, METHUSALEM, RED DRAGON, POWERVICE, PENTACLE and MYSTERY BLUE.

After the show there will be an after-party at Cafe Little Devil with the band CALIBERN.

For more info visit the lately released website: http://www.tilburg-headbangers-fest.tk

16 March 2006

Alan Tecchio of SEVEN WITCHES and Ski from DEADLY BLESSING / FAITH FACTOR will be doing guest vocals on the new album from the New Jersey-based doom/death/thrash metal act PALE HORSE, entitled "In the Theater of My Mind". Alan will appear on the songs "Mirror Image" and "A Tension Deficit", while Ski will be heard on "Crisis of Conscience".
"In the Theater of My Mind" is the projected follow-up to PALE HORSE's latest release, "Until the Last Seal Is Opened…", which is available on Bombworks Records. A fall release is expected.
For more information, visit http://www.palehorseusa.com.

16 March 2006

Arizona-based power metallers WYCKED SYNN have parted ways with vocalist Ronnie Stixx. The ex-SHADOWKEEP frontman will not be involved in the new WYCKED SYNN release, entitled "In for the Kill". Band founder Ken Orth commented: "Ronnie came onboard with good intentions, but over these last six months and money out of my own pocket to fly him to Arizona and to pay for his engineer in Texas to track his vocals, he has only produced three fully tracked songs for our new release. All the songs have been written and recorded minus the vocals for well over a year now and the band just can't wait any longer. I sincerely apologize to all the fans waiting for this release. We are on the hunt for a 'pro' vocalist that can get the job done and it will happen... I promise! I'll take all the blame on this one. Chalk this all up to another bad decision on my part."
WYCKED SYNN will start auditioning vocalists in the coming weeks. Interested parties can contact the band at wyckedsynn@cox.net.

16 March 2006

Denis Gulby, founder and owner of Sentinel Steel Records, has confirmed that the highly anticipated new album from the U.S. cult metallers ATTACKER will be released on classic vinyl lp on Saturday, April 8 in Europe and on Tuesday, April 11 in the U.S. courtesy of Eat Metal Records. The release date will coincide with the CD version, which will see its worldwide release through Sentinel Steel. The LP will have the same number of tracks as the CD version and will be limited to 500 copies in a gatefold design. Eat Metal Records will also be sponsoring ATTACKER's European tour, which kicks off on Saturday, September 16 at the Swordbrothers Festival in Andernach, Germany. The trek will also include appearances in Italy, Greece and Belgium.
ATTACKER's album-release show for "The Unknown" will take place on Saturday, April 29 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. Showtime has been finalized for 8:30 p.m. Also on the show will be HALLOW'S EVE, RAVENSTHORN, MAGUS BEAST and ICARUS WITCH.

16 March 2006

German power metallers ANGEL DUST have announced the addition of bassist Christian Pohlmann to the group's ranks. Based out of Essen, Germany, Pohlmann joins the band as the replacement for Frank Banx, who left the group in October 2003.
ANGEL DUST recently recruited ex-EVERFLOW vocalist Carsten Kaiser as the replacement for the band's previous singer, Dirk Thurisch. The group are scheduled to enter the studio this month to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Of Human Bondage". According to guitarist Bernd Aufermann (also of RUNNING WILD), the new material will be a return to the sound on ANGEL DUST's "Enlighten the Darkness" album (released in 2000). "I'm VERY satisfied with the way the guitar will approach in the music and the material is, in my opinion, the best we'd ever written," Bernd wrote in a recent online posting. A tentative late summer 2006 release is expected.

16 March 2006

The critically acclaimed original 1986 studio album from DR. MASTERMIND produced by guitar guru MIKE VARNEY will be re-released as a one disc box set in addition to the original tracks, 2 new songs have been recorded for this event, covering the 20 year history of the band with over 40 mp3 songs, 5 mpeg videos featuring concert shots as well as demonstrations of Guitarist KURT JAMES groundbreaking technique, and an interactive jam along section where aspiring string slingers can add their lead guitar and submit the results for posting on the US METAL website and possible future project. "Since so many fans of the band are great players and having received numerous auditions via post and email we thought it would be innovative to include this feature. We are always on the lookout for new talent".

16 March 2006

Classic Berkeley, CA-based metallers LAAZ ROCKIT have posted the following message at their official website:
"Greetings metalheads. Laaz Rockit is pleased to announce the upcoming release of their official DVD. It will feature rare old footage as well as new live footage of the band along with other cool stuff. We hope to have it in stores world wide in May 2006. It will also be available for purchase on the web site. The band is really excited about this release and hope that everyone will enjoy it as much as they do. Stay posted for release date. A big cheers to everyone and we look forward to seeing you in '06."

16 March 2006

THRESHOLD's forthcoming live album, "Surface To Stage", will be released soon through the band's official website. The album runs to 72 minutes in length and the track list is as follows: 'Mission Profile', 'Ground Control', 'Into The Light', 'Echoes Of Life', 'Long Way Home', 'Opium', 'The Art Of Reason', 'Pressure', 'Flags And Footprints', Light And Space'.
"Surface To Stage" was recorded at the Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland during Threshold's Subsurface tour in 2004. The track list has yet to be confirmed.

16 March 2006

San Diego, CA-based power metallers BENEDICTUM, featuring vocalist Veronica Freeman, guitarist Pete Wells, drummer Blackie Sanchez, keyboardist Chris Morgan, and bassist Jesse Wright, have announced the first ever European shows in support of their debut album, "Uncreation"(see CD/DVD Reviews). "We are incredibly pumped to finally get in front of our European fans. The support we've been getting so far has been beyond our wildest dreams", said Freeman.

"Uncreation" will be released in the US on March 14 via Locomotive/Ryko. The album was produced by Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, DIO, FOREIGNER) and mixed by Pilson and former WARLOCK bassist Tommy Henriksen under the ZuZu Recordings Ltd. banner, with guest appearances by former Dio axeman Craig Goldy on the 9-minute epic, 'Valkyrie Rising', and bassist Jimmy Bain (ex-RAINBOW, Dio) on the band's cover of the BLACK SABBATH classic, 'The Mob Rules'.'
Benedictum's European itinerary is shaping up as follows:

June
4 - Gods Of Metal in Milan, Italy
7 - Dynamo Club in Eindhoven, Holland
8 - Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium

16 March 2006

DISTURBED / NEVERMORE have updated their rescheduled European tour dates. The new dates include:

September
14 - Munchen, Germany at Zenith
15 - Furth, Germany at Stadthalle
17 - Berlin, Germany at Huxleys
20 - Hamburg, Germany at Grosse Freiheit
21 - Bremen, Germany at Aladin
22 - Vosselaar, Belgium at BieBob (only NEVERMORE)
23 - Tilburg, Netherlands at O13
24 - Dortmund, Germany at Westfallenhalle 2
26 - Amsterdam, Netherlands at Paradiso
27 - Koln, Germany at Palladium
29 - Newcastle, England at Academy
30 - Glasgow, Scotland at Barrowland

October
2 - Manchester, England at Academy
4 - Nottingham, England at Rock City
6 - Birmingham, England at Academy
7 - Liverpool, England at Academy
9 - London, England at Astoria

16 March 2006

Swedish metallers IN FLAMES are confirmed as the second headlining act alongside WHITESNAKE for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 23rd - 24th, in Balingen, Germany.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (two more acts to be confirmed): WHITESNAKE, IN FLAMES, FOREIGNER, STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN, Y&T, QUIET RIOT, RIK EMMETT, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, DEATH ANGEL, UNLEASHED, EXODUS, ARMORED SAINT, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, VENGEANCE, LEATHERWOLF, COUNT RAVEN, VICTORY, L.A. GUNS, POWERWOLF, HELLFUELED.

16 March 2006

Oakland thrashers DEFIANCE, best known for their seminal late 80's/early 90's Roadrunner releases "Void Terra Firma" and "Beyond Recognition", have inked a deal with LA based Corporate Punishment Records, who will release the group's as-yet-untitled fourth LP in late 2006.
Part of the so-called "second wave" of Bay Area Thrash (which also included the likes of FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, DEATH ANGEL, and TESTAMENT), Defiance officially disbanded in 1993, after the departure of vocalist Steev Esquivel (who would go on to form SKINLAB, and later RE:IGNITION), while the remaining members, with the addition of vocalist Dave Godfrey White (HEATHEN), formed INNER THRESHOLD, which would also eventually disband. In 2005, rumors of a reformed Defiance sent waves of interest through the burgeoning Thrash Metal community, until it was finally confirmed that the band had in fact reunited and were at work on their first new material in over a decade.

In addition to the classic lineup of Doug Harrington (Guitars), Jim Adams (Guitars), Mike Kaufmann (Bass) and vocalist Steev Esquivel, the LP will also feature (ex Vio-lence, TORQUE) drummer Mark Hernandez. The band is set to enter Trident Studios in Concord, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, Skinlab, VILE) this summer to begin work on the album. Upon completion of the LP, the band is looking forward to playing selected shows and festivals. In addition to the new LP, CPR will also release the bands first long-form DVD, Decade(s) Of Defiance, compiling hours of live performance, interview and archival footage chronicling their nearly 20 years of existence.

16 March 2006

Recently reunited legendary '80s metallers DEADLY BLESSING have issued the following update:
"This week, the band met at Sound Hall Studios in Paulsboro, New Jersey to begin production on their song contribution for Baptized In Blood, an upcoming LIZZY BORDEN tribute record scheduled to be released later this year.
The song they chose to record was 'Notorious'. The atmosphere was good and spirits were high amongst the band. Afterall, it's the first time this lineup entered a recording studio since the making of Ascend From The Cauldron.
The album will appear on Metallic Archangel Records and will feature bands from the U.S. and Europe.

8 March 2006

Canadian metal legends PILEDRIVER continue work on the long-awaited followup to 1986's "Stay Ugly", entitled "Metal Manifesto". Leader Pile told already last year, "My throat hasn't been this strong in 15 years, and I can't wait to drop jaws across the planet! This will indeed be the year of the Pile."
Check out some new Piledriver demos (to be included on the forthcoming album, expected in 2006) at the band's MySpace page, located here.

8 March 2006

Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION will undertake a three-date "Thrashin' the Netherlands 2006" tour in September.
The details are as follows:

Sep. 08 - Burgerweeshuis – Deventer, NETH
Sep. 09 - Dynamo Club - Eindhoven, NETH
Sep. 10 - Patronaat - Haarlem, NETH

DESTRUCTION's latest CD, "Inventor of Evil", is available now in Europe on AFM Records and in North America on Candlelight Records. DESTRUCTION recorded "Inventor of Evil" with producer Peter Tätgtren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), V.O. Pulver (GURD) and their live engineer Franky Winkelmann at studios in Germany and Switzerland. The mix was done by Tätgtren at the Abyss Studios in Sweden.

8 March 2006

Los Angeles power/thrash metallers RESISTANCE are in the final writing stages of material for their sophmore album set to be released via Lion Music. No definate release date has been confirmed however a late summer release is expected.
The group's latest CD, "Lies In Black" (see CD/DVD Reviews), was released in July, 2005 via Lion Music and has sold more than 3,000 copies worldwide.

8 March 2006

U.K. death metallers CANCER have once again called it a day. The following is the official statement on the matter from the group's drummer, Carl Stokes:
"Due to the lack of comitment to the band from John Walker (guitar, vocals), CANCER is no more. Carl Stokes wishes to thank every one who has supported the band with its return, and say sorry to anyone who is disappointed with this decision. However, Carl is working on another band called HAIL OF FIRE. The band will feature ex-CANCER members Dave Leitch (lead guitars), Barry Savage (lead guitars), Ian Buchanan (bass), mysef on the skins, and newcomer Rob Lucas on vocals. This band is more brutal than the last CANCER albums, although I am very proud of them. It's time to get back to the straight-ahead ferocity."

8 March 2006

Legendary hard rockers UFO have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Phil [Mogg, vocals] has just returned from Vinnie's [Moore, guitar] house in Delaware where he and Vinnie have been working on songs for the new album. In mid-March, all the bandmembers are due to arrive in Hannover, Germany to start rehearsing and developing the twelve songs that have resulted from the writing sessions. In late March/early April the actual recording will take place. The drums will be recorded in Hannover and the rest in Celle, near Hannover. The aim is to deliver the finished tracks to the record company sometime in May and then there will be some festivals in the summer. SPV plan to release the new album in late summer/early autumn, and then the band is due to begin touring in October. Andy [Parker, drums; who recently rejoined the band] is in fantastic shape and we all can't wait to finally start working!"
UFO recently released a live CD/DVD, "Showtime", via SPV. The set was recorded at Pumpwerk in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on May 13, 2005.

8 March 2006

IRON MAIDEN have confirmed the full European leg of their world tour for this coming winter 2006. The world tour will start in Scandinavia on November 9 and response to the shows on sale there last week was phenomenal with ticket sales already exceeding 95,000 across the Scandinavian dates. All three of the Swedish shows sold out in just over an hour and a third date was immediately added at the Stockholm Globen which also sold out in hours making it 48,000 sold out in Sweden alone. The 8000 tickets in Bergen Norway went in just 30 minutes, Tempere sold all 6,600 tickets out in a couple of hours while Helsinki registered first day sales of over 17,000 tickets over their two shows.
The new live show will include new album material which the band are now recording and which will be released prior to the tour. They are currently considering album artwork and the production for the tour, which of course will be in true MAIDEN tradition with spectacular stage production and massive sound and lights ... and, of course, Eddie!!
Says Steve Harris, "We've finished most of the writing of the album and have just started recording with Kevin Shirley so we're all very charged up at the moment to make a great record. Reaction to the tour so far has been brilliant and we're looking forward to putting a great show together for the fans and getting back out on the road towards the end of the year and playing new material live."

IRON MAIDEN confirmed tour dates:

Nov. 09 - Aalborg, DEN @ Gigantium
Nov. 10 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Valby
Nov. 12 - Tampere, FIN @ Icehall
Nov. 14 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwall Arena
Nov. 15 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwall Arena
Nov. 17 - Stockholm, SWE @ The Globe
Nov. 18 - Stockholm, SWE @ The Globe
Nov. 20 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Scandinavium
Nov. 21 - Oslo, NOR @ Valhall
Nov. 23 - Bergen, NOR @ Vestlandshallen
Nov. 25 - Stockholm, SWE @ The Globe
Nov. 27 - Den Bosch, NETH @ Brabanthallen
Nov. 28 - Paris, FRA @ Palais Omnisport de Bercy
Nov. 30 - Barcelona, FRA @ Palau Sant Jordi
Dec. 02 - Milan, ITA @ DatchForum
Dec. 05 - Zurich, SWI @ Hallenstadion
Dec. 07 - Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
Dec. 08 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfallenhalle
Dec. 11 - Cardiff, UK @ NIA
Dec. 12 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
Dec. 14 - Manchester, UK @ Arena
Dec. 15 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC
Dec. 17 - Newcastle, UK @ Arena
Dec. 18 - Sheffield, UK @ Arena
Dec. 20 - Dublin, IRE @ The Point
Dec. 22 - London, UK @ Earls Court

8 March 2006

8 bands are confirmed for ProgPower Europe 2006! The festival will be held again in JC Sjiwa, Baarlo (L), The Netherlands, the same venue as in previous years. The bands that wil definitely play this year are:

Friday 29 September (free pre-party)
ZERO GRAVITY (Belgium)

Saturday 30 September MERCENARY (Denmark)
CHAOSWAVE (Italy)
ANOTHER MESSIAH (The Netherlands)

Sunday 1 October
RIVERSIDE (Poland)
COMMUNIC (Norway)
DARK SUNS (Germany)
PANTOMMIND (Bulgaria).

More bands will be announced soon. Check out the ProgPower website for the line-up! (see LINKS)

8 March 2006

KING DIAMOND will be lending his voice to acclaimed director Kevin Smith's next movie, "The Passion Of The Clerks", which is a sequel to the 1994 independent classic Clerks, and is due to arrive in theaters later this year.

8 March 2006

Power/thrash metallers AXEMASTER, who found success in the 80's and 90's with two albums released by Azra International Records and two CDs released by Unisound Records is currently re-forming.
Founding member Joe Sims (lead guitarist and main songwriter) has joined forces with drummer Mike Hissam (formerly of OMEN and BELLADONA) to create a new version of the project that will continue to be true to the band's classic roots.
A new CD is planned that will feature some new songs as well as some past material (including the signature songs 'Crusades' and 'Death Before Dishonor').

8 March 2006

Los Angeles thrashers ANGER AS ART, featuring metal veteran Steve Gaines (ex-ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, DREAMS OF DAMNATION, TACTICS), have released their self titled debut album via OSM (Old School Metal) Records. Orders for the album can also be made at www.osmrecords.net/shop.html.
The album features the following tracklisting: 'Attitude Adjustment', 'I Create Your God', 'Wide Awake', 'Hate In My Heart, Hell In My Head', 'Anger As Art', 'New War', 'Wait For The Hammer', 'Blood Of My Enemies', 'Hate In My Heart, Hell In My Head' (live), 'Everybody Dies' (live), 'Anger As Art' (live), 'Troops Of Doom' (live) - SEPULTURA cover.

8 March 2006

GUNS N' ROSES, WHITESNAKE, LACUNA COIL, MOTÖRHEAD and IN FLAMES are among the confirmed bands for the Graspop Metal Meeting (see LINKS), set to take place June 23-25 in Dessel, Belgium.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Friday, June 23:
WHITESNAKE
LACUNA COIL
SATYRICON
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP
MOONSPELL
EVERGREY
TRIVIUM
Y&T
LEAVES' EYES
LEATHERWOLF
GOJIRA


Saturday, June 24:
GUNS N' ROSES
SOULFLY
OPETH
MY DYING BRIDE
NILE
OBITUARY
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
DEICIDE
AKERCOCKE


Sunday, June 25:
MOTÖRHEAD
CRADLE OF FILTH
IN FLAMES
HELLOWEEN
ARCH ENEMY
AFTER FOREVER
EXODUS
ARMORED SAINT
DRAGONFORCE
IGNITE
ENSIFERUM
MACHINE MEN


8 March 2006

STRATOVARIUS and HELLFUELED are the latest confirmed acts for this year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 23-24, 2006 in Balingen, Germany.
The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: ARMORED SAINT, COUNT RAVEN, DEATH ANGEL, EXODUS, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, FOREIGNER, HELLFUELED, HELLOWEEN, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, L.A. GUNS, LEATHERWOLF, POWERWOLF, QUIET RIOT, RIK EMMETT, STRATOVARIUS, UNLEASHED, VENGEANCE, VICTORY, WHITESNAKE, Y&T

Two more bands will be announced during the coming weeks.

25 February 2006

RAVENSTHORN have named Tomek Spirala and Bill Hall as their new "Supreme Metal Shredders". They replace the former guitarplayers Greg Verthein and Jeff Taylor.
If you want to read more about the band; just visit their website at: http://www.ravensthorn.net.
MMM will also soon add an interview with the band.

25 February 2006

Canada's pioneering metal band VOIVOD have set "Katorz" as the title of their forthcoming album, due out late spring on The End Records in North America and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe.
VOIVOD, who just finished mixing the album with producer Glen Robinson (ANNIHILATOR, TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are now mastering the album in New York.
The follow-up to 2003's "Voivod" is the first album in the band's 20-plus-year career that did not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D'Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer. In order to record "Katorz", drummer Michael "Away" Langevin, singer Denis "Snake" Belanger and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted utilized all of the guitar parts that Piggy had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.

25 February 2006

Legendary splatter rockers THE ACCUSED, having recently made a triumphant return to the throne as kings of thrashing hardcore/metal crossover, have signed on with Canada's Unrest Records to issue three separate 12" vinyl full-length releases by before the summer. The details are as follows:
First vinyl release: THE ACCUSED "Oh, Martha!" (see Arhive CD/DVD Reviews). Their 2003 "comeback" CD originally released on Condar. This 12" LP will be pressed on "blood-splattered vinyl" and limited to 2,000 copies.
Second and third vinyl releases: "The Baked Tapes" and "34-Song Archives Tapes", two seperate collections of rare outtakes, studio demos, bootlegged live performances, and never-before-heard tracks documenting the 20-plus-year career of THE ACCUSED!

25 February 2006

SPHERE OF SOULS, the Dutch progressive metal formation featuring ex-SUN CAGED vocalist André Vuurboom and guitar virtuoso Anand Mahangoe, are set to release their debut album, "From the Ashes", through Lion Music on April 21. The album is of a conceptual nature and contains 13 tracks encompassing a wide range of influences and styles. Production, engineering, mixing and mastering duties were handled by Joost van den Broek (ex-SUN CAGED, STAR ONE, AYREON), who is also responsible for all of the keyboard parts. Samples from the album and a short preview video can be found at http://www.sphereofsouls.com.

25 February 2006

Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION have parted ways with bassist Kristoffer Gildenlöw (younger brother of PAIN OF SALVATION frontman Daniel Gildenlöw). The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"We are sad to announce that Kristoffer is of now no longer a member of PAIN OF SALVATION. After having been the band's bass player since 1994, he has now kindly been asked by the other members to leave the band. The separation derives from growing difficulties to function together as a band since Kristoffer moved to Holland a few years back.
"We are a band who loves to play music together, and who values being a real band rather than a project that functions on distance. Being a tight unit welded together musically and personally is an important part of the band's soul; and constantly being decimated while composing, rehearsing, and even recording, simply proved impossible in the long run.
"Kristoffer has grown to become a tremendous bass player during the years with PAIN OF SALVATION and it is with sadness that we now see him go, but since this logistic situation will not change within the coming years, we unfortunately see no other choice."

25 February 2006

KING DIAMOND will start recording their next album in early March in Dallas, Texas and at Los Angered Recording (owned by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque) in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band will then begin rehearsals for their upcoming European tour, which will take place between April 14 and June 13. The recording and mixing of the new album will continue in August. A release date for the new effort has yet to be announced.

25 February 2006

Former HIRAX and current WEAPON 13 guitarist Bob Savage has released an instrumental album, entitled "Retrofitted". Teaming with drummer/percussionist Mike Denhertog and keyboard player Anton Putchansky, California-based Savage delves into bits of metal and arena rock with a highly overdriven lead sound.
More information is available at: http://www.bobsavage.net

In other news:
Four other former members of HIRAX (from the latest line-up) are currently working on a new project and are in search of a vocalist. The music will remain heavy as f**k," according to a press release. Anyone living in the greater Los Angeles area interested in auditioning should send contact information and MP3s to g_lo@angeloespino.com, or if you have a wep page with MP3s send the link to the the above-listed address.

25 February 2006

MEGADETH have brought in Black Label Society bassist James Lomenzo to replace Jim MacDonaugh, who left the band a few days ago.

25 February 2006

EXCALION will enter at Watercastle studios in May 2006 to record the follow up to "Primal Exhale" album (see Archive CD/DVD Reviews). The new songs are very more mature both musically and lyrically. The whole band has improved a lot, but the vocals of Jarmo Paakkonen got a notable evolution. The actual music is more melodic, hard and fully rich in the song writing and playing, it isn't only Prog or Power Metal at all, according to the band.

25 February 2006

Danish prog-metallers BEYOND TWILIGHT have issued the following update:
The release date for "The Love Of Art And The Making" is set for April 21st. Be sure to expect the most unique piece of music in the band's history. One ongoing composition containing 43 sections. The sections are all pieces of a puzzle, which you, the listener can put together to find the secrets of this complex and ambitious work.
The album has a meaning/lifeline from start to end but if you set your CD player on shuffle new doors to the meaning of the album will open for you. To be able to understand the dephts and complexity of the album you'll have to listen to it more than a few times.
Further to the news, the band state: "We are extremely proud of this album! And we couldn't find a better way to manifeste our 10 year anniversary."

25 February 2006

The following update has been posted at the SUN CAGED website (see LINKS):
"After almost 7 years of being a member of Sun Caged bass player Rob Van Der Loo decided to leave Sun Caged. Of course we regret his decision, but despite that we respect his reasons. Rob is going into a totally new musical direction, and he was not happy anymore playing the music of Sun Caged. Rob will stay close to the band, regarding the friendship we have with him, and we truly wish him the best in his musical career and his new direction.
For more news about his departure, take a look at the Sun Caged website.....

In other news:
SUN CAGED are scheduled to enter the studio in April to begin recording the follow-up to their self-titled debut, tentatively due before the end of the year. Songtitles set to appear on the new CD include "Dialogue", "City Walls", "Re-Enter The Dream", "Doldrums", "Afraid To Fly", "Engelbert", "Unborn", "Blood Lines", "A Fair Trade" and "Missing Third".
SUN CAGED's debut (see Archive CD/DVD Reviews) was released in 2003 through Finland's Lion Music. The album was mixed by AYREON/STAR ONE mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen.

25 February 2006

The voice of Rock, GLENN HUGHES (ex-BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE) and PAT THRALL (guitar) are working closely together again and plan on releasing the long-awaited, HUGHES/THRALL 2, in early 2007. Currently, there will be nine songs in total and in late February/early March, they will be going into the studio to record seven brand new songs and also to re-record two others (that have seen the light of day before) as part of some demos recorded back in the day and had ended up on bootlegs. A couple of months later, in May, they will finalize and mix the new recordings in Los Angeles, so it will be completed by the summer. Again, it will see a release early on in 2007.

25 February 2006

Legendary New York hardcore/metal act CRUMBSUCKERS will be reuniting for a special show to mark the 20th anniversary of their classic "Life Of Dreams" release. Original members Chris Notaro (vocals), Chuck Lenihan (guitar; GENITORTURERS), Gary Meskil (bass; PRO-PAIN) and Dan Richardson (drums; LIFE OF AGONY, PRO-PAIN, STEREOMUD) will be accompanied by an as-yet-undetermined second guitarist for a reunion concert in New York City this summer.
"Over the past week, I have been in close contact with my old bandmates via phone and e-mail," Meskil confirmed. "I'm happy to say that all are optimistic and excited about a Crumbsuckers reunion. "At this point we are still in the early planning stages, but we intend to play a special "Life Of Dreams" 20th anniversary reunion concert in NYC this summer (date and venue to be announced), which will certainly be a lot of fun."

Crumbsuckers released two full-length albums through the Combat label - 1986's "Life Of Dreams" and 1988's "Beast On My Back" - before finally calling it a day in the early Nineties. Several members embarked on a melodic metal venture called HEAVY RAIN, but that band was short-lived. The rhythm section of Meskil and Richardson went on to Pro-Pain, while Chuck Lenihan ended up with Genitorturers.

25 February 2006

CELTIC FROST and guitarist Erol Unala have chosen separate paths on the verge of the release of their new album, titled "Monotheist". Unala, a long-time collaborator in APOLLYON SUN with Celtic Frost founding member Tom Gabriel Fischer, has been a crucial factor in the renaissance of Swiss avant-garde extreme metal band, Celtic Frost:
"The necessity of this sacrifice became evident during the creation of Monotheist. The obligation to his biological family, the responsibility he took on as a patriarch, has led him to lose sight of this family in spirit. We should not blame him. But we did. We have failed to lead him back to the fold, and this lost son did not find his way home. Proof of his creativity will always remain with us in the form of Monotheist, though. The greater the sacrifice, the more the loss will be felt. This responsibility is ours. Although the separation has lit the pyre and the smoke is rising, we all feel bound by the code of honor that our past decrees. Will our God accept this offering? Only death is real!"

15 February 2006

Guitarist Shuichi Oni (ex-STELLAR SEED) contacted Mario's Metal Mania today with the latest news about his new band S.E.T.I. and also with some news about former STELLAR SEED (and also ex-AGENT STEEL) singer John Cyriss:
The Apparition of SETI:
This official announcement pertains to the imminent return of Tokyo Guitarist "Shuichi Oni" from the (prematurely aborted) Stellar Seed band. The initial apparition of his new band 'SETI' manifested itself onto the internet, on the evening of February 10/11, 2006. The apparition of SETI, coincides with the completed collection of anomalous workings, prepared for the forthcoming inaugural CD titled: "Cosmology & the Black Arts". Various definitive song titles, the theme relating to the CD, and a release date—forthcoming.
For the curious: former Agent Steel vocalist John Sirius, a friend of Shuichi Oni, recently mailed the guitarist a certified copy of his birth certificate. The document (finally) clearing the record, and making apparent—the outright lies and distortions, perpetrated by a collusive hive—posting fraudulent (libelous) misinformation about the singer, on various web sites. At this time, proper legal steps are being taken to correct the misinformation. This band will support the singers vindicative ends, through the proper legal proceedures. In a recent letter to his law firm, Mr. Oni states, "according to the singer's birth certificate, now in my possession, (acquired for business purposes) the singer was born "Jean Pierre Camps".
"Further information on the singer's certificate of birth, confirms the fact that, he was not born in the city of 'Sao Paulo', Brazil- as various squaters would claim, posting their fraudulent messages on the internet. Obviously, there is 'someone' out there who is really frustrated,and doesn't have a life. If they did, they probably wouldn't be dedicating so much cyber space to a singer, who hasn't released a full CD in over 2 decades. "THANKS for the plug", -who ever you are. Hope it will further the efforts of my band -as well." In regards to the singer's inclusion in SETI, it must be made clear that Jean Pierre "will not be performing" on the initial SETI recordings. It is highly improbable, that he will ever appear on "any future recordings" of the SETI band. Our vocalist is quite capable of handling the job. However, we are hoping that Jean Pierre, will at least bless our initial CD,with a "sinister guest appearance."

For those further interested in SETI—the band, log onto: http://www.s-e-t-i.com

14 February 2006

RAVENSTHORN news: After a few months of uncertainty, Ravensthorn has returned to "The Realm" with relentless vengeance and a NEW sense of determination. Of course..."The Count"...Bill (Bloodwyn) Jannusch, is still at the helm as the band's frontman and "vokillist." The band's original rhythm section of Tony Barr on drums and Mario Sanchez on bass, is back and intact and ready to provide the "thunder" Ravensthorn fans demand. The band will "unveil" their NEW Twin Axe Attack duo on the website (www.ravensthorn.net) early this week!

Ravensthorn is anxiously making plans with Gary Loizzo of Pumpkin Studios in Orland Park, IL to get back into the studio for the band's next project. Gary turned the dials for the last Ravensthorn release, "Hauntings And Possessions" and for part of the band's first release, "House Of The Damned." The band will start recording their new CD in March. Be sure to check the LIVE Rituals page for upcoming shows to be announced very soon. And, keep checking the PIX page for new band photos as well.

14 February 2006

METAL CHURCH have posted the following message at their official website:
"Due to health complications from years of struggling with diabetes, Kirk Arrington has stepped down as Metal Church's drummer. He will be missed and we wish him only the best. We are pleased to announce that filling Kirk's shoes is the "one and only" Mr. Jeff Plate (SAVATAGE, CHRIS CAFFERY, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) We are very honoured to have a musician of Jeff's caliber working with us and we know that he will do a fantastic job in Metal Church. Metal Church have completed writing songs for their next album. Also the band are scheduled to release their latest album, 'A Light In The Dark' in Germany on May 26, 2006, in Europe on May 29th and in the USA early June, reanimating the "zeitgeist" of their first two releases, Metal Church (1984) and The Dark (1986). "It's almost twenty years ago that we shook up the international metal scene for the first time with these two recordings," recalls guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. "Just the right moment to bring that era to mind with a brand-new album and the same sort of energy that we had back then." Metal Church are currently at the studio, recording over a dozen new tracks. It remains to be seen how many of these will make it onto the new album. One thing, however, is certain: the album will include a new version of the classic 'Watch The Children Pray' as a tribute to vocalist David Wayne, who passed away in May 2005.

14 February 2006

British extreme metallers BENEDICTION have set "Killing Music" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June/July via Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the band recently re-signed.
"Killing Music" will mark the recording debut with the group of new drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR). "This will be our first new release since 2001," the band write. "It took so long because we just didn't jell with any other drummers — Nick is the man."

14 February 2006

Holland's Dynamo Open Air festival, which was supposed to take place in Hellendoorn this year, has been cancelled. The reason for this cancellation is that the festival organizers are not allowed to put a temporary campsite on the festival area. Another reason is that there are not enough "big-name" artists available to book. Last year the festival was held in Hellendoorn for the first time and due to bad weather and the lack of huge names on the bill, only 5,000 tickets were sold.
The first Dynamo Open Air festival took place in 1986 in Eindhoven. In 1999 the festival moved its location outside of Eindhoven because of problems with the festival site. In the last few years, the festival has been plagued with problems, resulting in several cancellations, mostly related to the organizers' inability to comply with the environment law in the Netherlands while securing a suitable location for the event.

14 February 2006

The release date of CELTIC FROST's return strike "Monotheist" has been confirmed: On May 26th , 2006 the long-awaited new opus will hit the stores.

14 February 2006

According to a recent update from frontman Katon de Pena, original HIRAX drummer John Tabares has rejoined the band alongside Lance Harrison on lead guitars. The band is currently in preproduction and writing songs for their upcoming new EP, "Assassins of War". Live dates for 2006 will be announced soon.

In other news: Former HIRAX and current WEAPON 13 bassist Gary Monardo has confirmed that WEAPON 13 drummer Johnny Tabares has indeed rejoined HIRAX. However, "Johnny is still fully committed to WEAPON 13 as well," according to Monardo.
Added Gary, "We are in the process of writing songs for a full-length album, to be released in the summer of 2007, and are currently in negotiations for a for an eight-song EP for late spring or early summer of 2006.
"From the beginning our goal has been about having fun, writing heavy songs and having stability in our band and that will continue," Monardo concluded. In addition to Monardo and Tabares, WEAPON 13's current lineup includes Bob Savage (guitar; played on HIRAX's 1984 demo) and ex-WARGOD vocalist Rob Perkins. The group's three-song self-titled demo (see Archive CD/DVD reviews) is available for free download at their website.

14 February 2006

VENGEANCE is back with a "in your face rock album". The band feat. Leon Goewie, Barend Courbois, Michael Eurich (WARLOCK, CASANOVA), Michael Voss (SILVER, CASANOVA, MAD MAX) and as a very special guest founding member Arjen Lucassen on guitar and Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR) for background vocals.

14 February 2006

VICIOUS RUMORS, featuring the new lineup of Geoff Thorpe (guitar/vocals), Brad Gillis (guitar/vocals - ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, NIGHT RANGER), James Rivera (lead vocals - ex-(HELSTAR, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), Dave Starr (bass) and Larry Howe (drums), have confirmed more European live shows prior to their appearance at the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival in Granada, Spain. Dates are as follows:

March
8 - Twieoo in Ghent, Belgium
9 - Sinkkasten in Frankfurt, Germany
10 - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival in Granada, Spain

San Francisico Bay Area metal guitarist Thaen Rasmussen (ANVIL CHORUS, BLACK SUN) has joined up with VICIOUS RUMORS for the European shows. Thaen will replace Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER, OZZY OSBOURNE) who cannot tour due to family committments.

14 February 2006

German beer guzzling power metallers TANKARD just finished the recordings of their next album, called "The Beauty And The Beer". The new stuff was produced by Andy Classen again and will be out on May 26th on AFM Records!

14 February 2006

The 2006 edition of the Waldrock Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 1st in Bergum, The Netherlands.
The first acts confirmed for the festival are DEICIDE, MOTORHEAD, SOULFLY and Y&T.
The festival will have a revamped website online soon. More confirmed acts to be announced.

14 February 2006

Polish death metal legends VADER have posted the following message at their website:
"In the middle of September, Vader will kick off another European tour, Blitzkrieg 4, to promote their new, as-yet-untitled studio album (scheduled for release on September 4th through Regain Records). This time it's going to be a 'monster tour' containing about 90 dates! The tour will be divided into 5 legs: Poland (1), Europe and the UK (2), Scandinavia and the Baltic countries (3), the Balkans, Greece and Turkey (4) and Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus (5). Currently we are looking for special guests and support acts and working on the tour schedule.
More details will follow soon."

6 February 2006

Dutch female fronted gothic band SYLVER MYST (see Archive CD/DVD Reviews) have inked a deal with the Sirenette Music Industries recordlabel. Sylver Myst is the first band that signs a recorddeal with this new US-recordlabel. Sirenette Music Industries is a division of Sonic Cathedral Inc.
Soon the band will go into the studio to record their first full length album. The album will be recorded at the Excess Studio's in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. More news soon.....

6 February 2006

A preview of ICARUS WITCH's video for the title track of their new album, "Capture the Magic", featuring an appearance by former adult film star Jasmin St. Claire, is available at this location. Directed by Swedish filmographer Mats Lundberg of Doom Films (CHILDREN OF BODOM, TRISTANIA, PAUL DI'ANNO), the clip was produced in Sweden, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, and will also be appearing as part of a limited-edition bonus CD on the upcoming European and Japanese release of the "Capture the Magic" record. According to a press release, the members of ICARUS WITCH befriended Jasmin last summer at a Cleopatra Records party in Hollywood and were thrilled to discover she was both a fan and an eager participant in their dark, video vision.
"Capture the Magic" was produced by Eric Klinger and JC Dwyer (PRO-PAIN) and was issued in October via the Los Angeles-based Magick Records.

6 February 2006

BEYOND FEAR, the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens, have been confirmed as the opening act for ANTHRAX on their upcoming European headlining tour.
Confirmed dates are as follows:

Apr. 08 - Sheffield, UK - Corperation
Apr. 09 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wolfrun Hall
Apr. 10 - London, UK - Astoria
Apr. 11 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Apr. 12 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Apr. 14 - Tilburg, NETH - 013
Apr. 15 - Antwerp, BEL - Hof Ter Lo
Apr. 16 - Strasbourg, FRA - La Laiterie
Apr. 17 - Bochum, GER - Matrix
Apr. 18 - Copenhagen, DEN - Vega
Apr. 19 - Gothenburg, SWE - Tagarn
Apr. 21 - Helsinki, FIN - Nosturi
Apr. 22 - Tampere, FIN - Pakkahouse
Apr. 24 - Hamburg, GER - Markthalle
Apr. 25 - Saarbrücken, GER - Garage
Apr. 26 - Zürich, SWI - Rostofflager
Apr. 27 - Trevisto, ITA - New Age
Apr. 28 - Milan, ITA - Live Club
Apr. 29 - Reggio Emilia, ITA - Temo Rock

6 February 2006

BLOTTED SCIENCE, the technical extreme metal project masterminded by guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) and bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), have announced the addition of drummer Derek Roddy (HATE ETERNAL). Roddy replaces Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) who recently had to bow out due to other commitments. The earlier tentative project name, THE MACHINATIONS OF DEMENTIA, will now find its place as the CD's title.
"Alex and I are stoked to welcome Derek to the fold — he is an incredible drummer", enthuses Jarzombek. "His skills and abilities work out extremely well for us since we are writing and recording separately and sending files back and forth via the internet. Derek, Alex and I got a chance to meet up at NAMM last week, had a great time talking about the project, and are all very hyped to get things moving. "Derek will begin recording at Mana Recording Studios in Florida, hopefully with Erik Rutan producing, after HATE ETERNAL get back from their upcoming European tour. Alex is half way done recording his bass tracks for the album and will be totally done in a few weeks. Then it's up to Derek and me to finish up mid-year."
"The Machinations Of Dementia" will feature 16 songs, including "Synaptic Plasticity", "Bleeding In The Brain", "Narcolepsy", "Oscillation Cycles", "Brain Fingerprinting", and "Laser Lobotomy", and is scheduled for a late 2006 release on a yet-to-be-determined label.

6 February 2006

Colorado Springs-based power metallers BATTLE CRY report that Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin from the legendary JAG PANZER will lend his voice for some backing parts and possibly lead on a bonus track for their upcoming self-titled debut EP. Other notable guest musicians set to appear on the recording are Matt Aub, vocalist from Virginia-based TIMELORD and formerly with Limb Music Products recording artists FORGOTTEN REALM, and Mike Pittman from Colorado Springs' DISTANT WARNING, who also has done some fill-in live work with the U.K.-based SHADOWKEEP. The EP is currently being recorded at Enharmonic Studios in Colorado Springs and is slated for a summer release on the band's own Nightfall Records label.

6 February 2006

Famed guitar virtuoso Vinnie Moore (VICIOUS RUMORS, ALICE COOPER, UFO) has set "Collection - The Shrapnel Years" as the title of his upcoming "best of" compilation, due in March via Shrapnel Records.
Vinnie Moore is currently working on his long-awaited new solo album, tentatively due this spring. His last solo CD, "Defying Gravity", was released in 2001. Moore is also continuing to work on material for the next UFO CD with the group's lead singer, Phil Mogg. No release date has yet been set for the effort.


6 February 2006

San Francisco Bay Area progressive metallers ZERO HOUR have announced the addition of singer Chris Salinas (formerly of POWER OF OMENS) to the group's ranks. "The guys couldn't ask for a better person and vocalist for the band," the group write in a statement. "This will be the lineup for many CDs and live appearances."
According to the band, "ZERO HOUR recorded a track to see how the four members would work together in the studio (finding out from our past that this is a very, very important issue with band) and that everyone was willing to put in the maximum effort possible. The results are simply the best ZERO HOUR has ever had and we are excited to share a two-minute clip of the song 'Evidence of the Unseen'."
ZERO HOUR have completed the songwriting process for their new album, "Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond" and are expecting to begin tracking the material once they have finished the label negotiations for the new disc. ZERO HOUR's most recent CD, "A Fragile Mind", was issued last year through the Sensory label.

6 February 2006

Reunited Dutch death metallers SINISTER will film their March 12 concert in Porto, Portugal for an upcoming DVD. Also appearing on the bill are veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT.
SINISTER's current lineup consists of Aad Kloosterwaard, drummer and founder of the band, on vocals, Alex Paul on guitar, and Paul Beltman (ex-JUDGEMENT DAY) on drums. A session bass player will be added when the band hits the road again. The band, who re-signed with Nuclear Blast back in 2002 after a one-album stint with the now-defunct Hammerheart Records, issued their last studio album, "Savage or Grace", in 2003.

6 February 2006

UK folk metallers SKYCLAD have just signed a new recording deal with Black Lotus Records. About the deal the band commented: "The band is keen to build upon the success of "A Semblance Of Normality" and feel that the partnership with Black Lotus Records will help us progress both here in Europe and further afield. The band is currently writing new material that is to be recorded during the summer with the view to releasing the first album with Black Lotus by the end of the year.

6 February 2006

Ohio-based prog-metallers ARCHETYPE have issued the following update:
Archetype are playing live at the Hi Fi Club on Friday, February 17th! Show starts at 9pm and tickets are 5 bucks at the door. Other bands on the bill include FROM THE ASHES, MOB SCENE and one other tba. The band will also be playing at the Beachland Ballroom for the WJCU 88.7 benefit show on Saturday February 18th 2006! More info on this will be posted soon. This will be the first time Archetype's new material will be played live in Cleveland, and their first show in Cleveland since 2003! The band will be playing six songs off of the new album.
Founding member and lead Guitarist Chris Matyus had this to say "It's going to be great playing live again, especially with the new songs and a new singer. We did play a couple of these songs at Chicago Powerfest last year but they were with an interim singer and sound a lot different with Tony singing. There is a night and day difference between the new material and the "Dawning" album. The new stuff is much more in your face, much heavier, and much more aggressive than "Dawning" but we still have our sound, all of our fans will love it! The new material will be well worth the wait." Archetype has not played a show in Cleveland for a long time and has been waiting to unleash it's new material onto the world.
"I am psyched up for my first show with Archetype, the new material is some of the most badass metal I have ever heard. We have busted our asses on these songs and they are the strongest this band has ever done" says new singer Tony Webster who then adds "We will also be playing a couple of songs from Dawning, including the title track, which is my favorite song off of that record. When this album comes out it will make some waves".
Currently the band is recording guitars and vocals for their as of yet unnamed album. Get ready, because Archetype is back again and in full force! They hope to have the new album out by summer of 2006!

6 February 2006

PHARAOH, the Pennsylvania-based four-piece featuring veteran vocal powerhouse Tim Aymar, best known for his work with Chuck Schuldiner's CONTROL DENIED, have made two tracks from their forthcoming second album, "The Longest Night", available for download.
The tracks, 'Fighting' and 'Up The Gates' can be found at this location.
"The Longest Night", due out via Cuz del sur Music on February 21st, features here by Jean-Pascal Fournier (IMMORTAL, EDGUY) and is jointly produced by Matt Crooks (TWISTED TOWER DIRE, DIVISION) and Pharaoh guitarist Matt Johnsen. The album also features guest guitar appearances from Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH) and Jim Dofka (PSYCHO SCREAM)

31 January 2006

Greek heavy metal band INNERWISH have set "The Final Prophecy" as the title of their new album, due in May via Diversity Media GMBH (Limb Music Products). The follow-up to 2004's "Silent Faces" was recorded at the Music Factory Studios with producer R.D. Liapakis.

31 January 2006

Former RITUAL singer Juan Ricardo is currently fronting a new technical progressive/power metal band called DARK ARENA. Joining him in this brand-new project are former SOMNUS members Rhiannon and Chris Stolle.

RITUAL were previously signed to the German label Massacre Records. The band released one full-length album, "Trials Of Torment" (1993), and an EP, "Relapse Of Aggression" (1995), before splitting up.

31 January 2006

Polish black metallers HELL-BORN, featuring former members of BEHEMOTH and DAMNATION, will release their third full-length album, entitled "Cursed Infernal Steel", in February via Conquer Records. The CD was recorded at Hertz studio in Poland in February/March 2005 and contains 10 tracks of "pure old-school death metal hell!" according to a press release.
HELL-BORN will be teaming up with SUPREME LORD for a European tour beginning on April 12 in Katowice, Poland. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

31 January 2006

BEYOND FEAR, former Judas Priest and current Iced Earth vocalist, Tim 'Ripper' Owens' new band, are scheduled to release their self-titled debut album on Steamhammer/SPV on May 5, 2006 in Germany, May 8,2006 in Europe and May 9, 2006 in the USA. "I always knew that I would bring out an album featuring my own compositions one day," Owen explains. "But I didn't feel like a solo recording, I'd much rather perform my songs with a permanent band. That's how Beyond Fear came about". And there seems to be no doubt in his mind about a continuation of his extremely successful collaboration with Iced Earth mastermind, Jon Schaffer: "I will definitely sing on the next Iced Earth album!"

31 January 2006

On February 23rd, THANATOS will enter the Excess Studios in Rotterdam, Netherlands once again to record their fifth full length album. Tentatively entitled "Justified Genocide" the album will feature nine or 10 songs including 'They Feed On Fear', 'The Devil's Triangle','March Of The Infidels', 'Upwards Spritual Evolution' and 'The Netherworld'.
The album will probably be released at the end of the summer/early fall 2006 on Black Lotus Records. The artwork will be handled by German artist Timo Wuerz. The release of the 7" vinyl EP has been delayed. It will hopefully be available later this month through Konqureror Records."

31 January 2006

Swedish metallers NARNIA have issued the following update:
"We are very pleased to announce that we have now reached an agreement with German label Massacre Records and that you can expect a release of our new studio album, "Enter the Gate", on April 21st.
We also worked with Massacre for the release of our Live DVD in 2004 and we are very excited about stepping into the future together with them. "Enter The Gate" will be released in Japan through Attic Arcade/Gencross on March 23rd.
Our working relationship with Nuclear Blast ended after 8 years and 4 studio albums.

31 January 2006

Sanctuary Records/Castle Music have confirmed March 24th as the release date for black metal legends VENOM's new album, "Metal Black".
"Metal Black" was recorded in December 2005 and recently mixed at Townhouse Studios in London, England. The album will feature the following tracklisting: 'Antechrist', 'Burn In Hell', 'House Of Pain', 'Death & Dying', 'Rege Satanas', 'Darkest Realm', 'A Good Day To Die', 'Assassin', 'Lucifer Rising', 'Blessed Dead' 'Hours Of Darkness', 'Sleep When I'm Dead', 'Maleficarvm', 'Metal Black'.
The artwork for the new album:


31 January 2006

AGANKAST have completed a new video and it is posted online at the bands website (www.Agankast.com) it is the song 'Dance of the Dead', the title track taken from the bands debut CD of the same name. The video was filmed last week on top of the very cold Northumberland Moors and it features the bands latest stage-gear...The album is available via pay/pal at their site and a DVD release will also be available by the summer.

24 January 2006

Mainman Ralf Hubert of the legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA is in the process of putting together a new lineup for the group. Joining the bassist in the band's current incarnation are returning drummer Peter Haas (ex-KROKUS, POLTERGEIST) and guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE). A suitable singer for the band has not yet been found.

Zardoz Music last year released a two-CD, 22-song compilation, entitled "The Principle of Doubt", containing selections from various MEKONG DELTA albums.

24 January 2006

PRAYING MANTIS and HOLY MOSES are the latest confirmed acts for this year's installment of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 14-15 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
BLITZKRIEG, CANDLEMASS, GIRLSCHOOL, GOATHORN, ICARUS WITCH, IVORY TOWER, MARTYR, METAL INQUISITOR, MILES BEYOND, OCTOBER 31, ORDER OF NINE, PYRAMIZE, TRINAKRIUS, ULYSSES SIREN, VISION OF ATLANTIS

24 January 2006

Vocalist Wade Black of the legendary Southern California metal stalwarts LEATHERWOLF (also ex-CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES) has sent the following update:
"We are finallizing label/distro on who will be in on up-and-comings for new year. Finally the new LEATHERWOLF record was just finished. Mr. Dean (Cohiba) Roberts has just gotten back from his Euro trip with the goods! Mixed and mastered at Jacob Hanson's studio in Denmark (newest ROB ROCK release 'Holy Hell'). Great production and very well-written and -arranged record (thanks to Geoff Gayer). We hope it will be the biggest release for the band to date. We also look very forward to our Europe plans, which include Bang Your Head festival and a few other things up our sleeves while we are there!"
As previously reported, LEATHERWOLF have uploaded audio samples of several new album tracks at their official web site. The tracks available for preview include "Disconnect", "King of the Ward", "Dr. Wicked", "I Am the Law" and "Behind the Gun". LEATHERWOLF's new album was recorded by Joe Floyd, who has previously worked with HALFORD ("Resurrection" and "Crucible") and BRUCE DICKINSON ("Accident of Birth" and "The Chemical Wedding").

24 January 2006

German power metallers HELLOWEEN are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): COUNT RAVEN, EXODUS, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, FOREIGNER, HELLOWEEN, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, L.A. GUNS, LEATHERWOLF, POWERWOLF, RIK EMMETT, VENGEANCE, VICTORY, Y&T

Eight more acts have yet to be confirmed and will be announced soon.

24 January 2006

Long-running Seattle-based metallers METAL CHURCH have lined up the following European dates in June:

Jun. 04 - Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob
Jun. 05 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Melkweg
Jun. 06 - Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl
Jun. 07 - Hannover, GER @ Musikzentrum
Jun. 08 - Flensburg, GER @ Roxy
Jun. 09 - Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 10 - Copenhagen, DEN @ The Rock

METAL CHURCH are currently working on the follow-up to 2004's "The Weight of the World", tentatively due later in the year via SPV Records. The band'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.

24 January 2006

Doom band TROUBLE are to release a DVD in March. It's called 'Live In Stockholm' and is to be on the Escapi label. The Chicago band are currently working on a new studio album, 'Simple Mind Condition'.

24 January 2006

VOIVOD are currently working on their forthcoming studio album with producer Glen Robinson (Voivod's Nothingface, TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Piccolo Studios and Multisons Studios in Montreal, QC.

24 January 2006

ANUBIS GATE has changed their lead singer, as Torben Askholm was forced to leave the band due to his health problems. For the future, the job as vocalist will be taken care of by no less than Invocator mastermind Jacob Hansen. The band has been recording both their albums at Jacob's "Hansen Studios", so both parties know each other extensively.

24 January 2006

KROKUS has a new drummer found for replacement in Stefan Schwarzmann (ex-ACCEPT, RUNNING WILD, U.D.O.).

24 January 2006

CELTIC FROST and Century Media announce the signing of an international licensing agreement covering all territories. The first release, scheduled for spring 2006, is the band's new project titled Monotheist, Celtic Frost's first album in13 years. The album features 11 songs all produced by the band with Peter Tagtgren (HYPOCRISY/PAIN). The new album will be released simultaneously in all territories in three different configurations including a limited-edition Digipak containing the bonus track "Temple Of Depression" and a vinyl LP with another bonus title, "Incantation Against You".

24 January 2006

Former VENGEANCE drummer Paul Thissen died January 14, Saturday. Paul died during his night sleep. Paul got fame as Vengeance drummer during 'Planet Zilch'. Paul was only 32 years old.
Mario´s Metal Mania offer their condolences to Paul's family and friends.

24 January 2006

Florida-based death metallers SIX FEET UNDER are confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival which is held August 3rd - 5th in Wacken, Germany. The current roster is now shaping up as follows: ABORTED, AMON AMARTH, ATHEIST, BLOODTHORN, BORN FROM PAIN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, EKTOMORF, EMPEROR, END OF GREEN, FINNTROLL, GAMMA RAY, IN EXTREMO, KORPIKLAANI, METAL INQUISITOR, NEVERMORE, ORPHANED LAND, PRIMAL FEAR, SIX FEET UNDER, SOILWORK, SUBWAY TO SALLY, WINTERSUN.

24 January 2006

UK power metallers SHADOWKEEP have posted the following message at their official website:
"As previously reported, the band entered Thin Ice Studios (in Surrey, England) to commence the recording of their third album with long term producer Karl Groom the week before Christmas. Stony (Grantham - bass), over from his native Texas, and Scott (Higham - ex-ANGEL WITCH) completed the drum and bass tracks with relative ease. Next up in early February will be the guitar's turn to be put down although it has to be said that the simple guide guitars present for the rhythm section to play to sound awesome already! Chris (Allen) and Nicki (Robson) are currently holed up putting finishing touches to solo and riff ideas. Finally in late February Richie (Wicks) will complete his vocals. There will soon be a sample of the new track 'Ten Shades Of Black', the first to feature his voice with the band posted on this site. Judge for yourselves!! The material certainly sees the band move into a hardened more brutal area of power metal previously un-encountered. More here in the next few days regarding album track titles and eventually the album title its self."

24 January 2006

JAGUAR have revealed on their website that they have started writing new material for their upcoming album - the follow-up to 2003's "Run Ragged" that was issued by Angle Air in the UK. More news as it develops.

24 January 2006

CONFESSOR's upcoming live DVD is currently being put together in France and it is moving along on schedule. The footage is now being edited and the mix is all finished up. The band say that they "are very excited that the DVD will be in 5.1 Surround Sound. So those of you with killer speakers should get the true live CONFESSOR experience. The DVD will be released this spring. It will include CONFESSOR studio footage, the music video for 'Wig Stand' including interviews with the characters and crew, and a special drum instruction section by Steve Shelton."

24 January 2006

The Arrow Rock Festival 2006 (see LINKS) is scheduled to take place on June 9th in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands.
The latest acts confirmed for the festival are DEEP PURPLE and STATUS QUO.

Acts currently scheduled to perform at the festival now include: DEEP PURPLE, JOURNEY, STATUS QUO, GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, JOHN WAITE.

24 January 2006

The "reformed" THIN LIZZY have announced a number of European tour dates for March and April. The confirmed lineup features singer/guitarist John Sykes, guitarist Scott Gorham, bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Michael Lee. Confirmed dates are as follows:

March
17 - Dublin, Ireland at The Point
18 - Manchester, UK at Academy
20 - Newcastle, UK at City Hall
21 - Glasgow, UK at Academy
22 - Sheffiield, UK City Hall
23 - Birmingham, UK Academy
25 - Portsmouth, UK Guilhall
26 - Bristol, UK Academy
27 - North Wales, UK Theater
28 - Nottingham, UK Rock City
30 - London, UK Hammersmith
31 - Norwich, UK UEA

April
1 - Cologne, Germany atLive Music Hall
2 - Amsterdam, Holland at Paradiso
7 - Skien, Norway at Telemark Messesenter
8 - Haugesund, Norway at Vardhallen
11 - Hamburg, Germany at tba

24 January 2006

Floridian death metallers DEICIDE have unveiled the title of their latest album - entitled, "The Stench Of Redemption", the record will be the first Deicide album to feature new guitarists Jack Owen (ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH) who have been touring in the band since the departure of the brothers Hoffman (Eric and Brian) in 2005.
In total, 10 instrumental songs have been demoed and Glen Benton is currently locked away working on suitably sick vocals / lyrical themes to rival the brutality of the compositions.
"The Stench Of Redemption" will be produced by Jim Morris and the band will be entering Morrisound studios in the next few weeks to commit it to tape for a May release through Earache Records. A full European tour is currently being booked to follow the release.

24 January 2006

Earache Records are to release a Dual Disc format version of the landmark death metal album, "Altars Of Madness" by MORBID ANGEL on March 13, 2006.
Considered by many to be a defining moment in the genre, "Altars Of Madness" was first released in 1989 and is still held in reverence by the majority of death metal fans.
The DVD side of the Dual Disc features the long sought after November 1989 Nottingham Rock City show filmed on the band's first ever European outing, the legendary Grindcrusher Tour (alongside NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER and CARCASS) and is the first Morbid Angel material to see an official DVD release.
A free replica ticket of this show is available with the first 5,000 copies pressed.

24 January 2006

Canuck old-school metallers GOAT HORN will be entering the studio this spring to record the follow up to their latest Threatening Force EP. Goat Horn are currently in conversations with a handful of labels about the future of their new CD which will be released worldwide this fall. What can the fans of Goat Horn anticipate from the band's upcoming release?
"Basically what you can expect is something that you can sit up on a pedestal next to Master Of Puppets" says vocalist and bass player Jason Decay." As all of the true fans know Goat Horn will deliver on their promise."

As previously reported, Goat Horn are confirmed for the 9th annual Headbanger's Open Air festival to be held July 14th - 15th, 2006 outside of Hamburg, Germany. Check out the official H:O:A website (see LINKS) for details.



13 January 2006

A brand-new ATTACKER track, entitled "This Is Power", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the reunited New Jersey metallers' upcoming album, "The Unknown", due on April 11 via Sentinel Steel Records. The album will be released on CD and classic vinyl.

ATTACKER and Sentinel Steel have announced that copies of the the group's newest album will be on sale at the very site where the band solidified their comeback, at the Keep It True Festival in Germany on Saturday, April 8 — three days before the album's worldwide release on April 11.

ATTACKER will be on tour in Europe starting on Saturday September 16 with a headlining appearance at the Swordbrothers Festival in Andernach, Germany. Stops will also include Italy, Greece and Belgium. The European trek will be sponsored by Eat Metal Records.

13 January 2006

Horacio Colmenares, guitarist of NEW EDEN, is named as the new bass player for legendary US-metal band AXEHAMMER.
The band reunited after their split years ago and finally released the follow up to their legendary "Lords of the Realm" (1986) and that one is named "Windrider". The band will play their first European gig ever at the upcoming German Keep it True festival in April this year (see LINKS).

13 January 2006

Former HIRAX guitarist Glenn Rogers has officially joined ONCE DEAD, the Christian metal band featuring former members of VENGEANCE RISING.
"Glenn, as most of you know, was one of the original founding members of VENGEANCE, and had written many of the songs with us prior to Roger Martinez, Larry Farkas and Glen Mancaruso joining the group," guitarist Doug Thieme writes on the band's web site. "Glenn left our group to join DELIVERANCE, and then later joined HIRAX.
"The addition of Glenn offers us an incredibly talented guitarist, an awesome song writer, as well as a longtime friend. We are very excited about Glenn joining us and we look forward to working with him on the upcoming album.
"We are now in the process of writing the new material, recording demos, choosing a studio, producer etc... Glenn, myself and Larry Farkas are now beginning to work on some new material together that will have a powerful triple guitar attack, true to old-school speed metal, and with the skills of Mr. Jim Chaffin on drums we will exploit our punk and thrash influences as well. We are all incredibly pumped on the new material, and this just may be our best stuff ever."

13 January 2006

Reunited grindcore pioneers TERRORIZER have inked a deal with Century Media Records.
"This is a big step in the process for everyone involved with TERRORIZER and we are pleased to announce the great news," commented TERRORIZER guitarist Jesse Pintado (formerly of NAPALM DEATH).
The new TERRORIZER incarnation will consist of one half of its original lineup. Pintado will grind out the guitars and Pete Sandoval (MORBID ANGEL) will play some of the fastest drumming in recorded history. Introducing themselves to the TERRORIZER fold are guitarist Tony Norman (MORBID ANGEL, MONSTROSITY) and vocalist Tony Militia (RESISTANT CULTURE). Many people have asked why Oscar Garcia (NAUSEA) and David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL) are not returning. Simply put, Oscar is no longer interested in TERRORIZER and wants to focus on his own band NAUSEA.
Regarding what the fans can expect from the group's long-awaited new release, Pintado said, "It will be different but in the TERRORIZER vein." There are reportedly talks of introducing classical piano parts, industrial noise parts and chants on the new record. A 13-minute-plus song is in the works as well as some of the fastest drumming ever put to tape. Recording sessions are set to begin in January 2006. A late spring release is tentatively expected.

13 January 2006

Legendary hard rockers UFO have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We are delighted to welcome drummer Andy Parker back into the UFO family and as you know, Andy already played his 'first' gig as part of UFO's headlining festival show last November in Granada, Spain. Jason Bonham is now playing with FOREIGNER and UFO wishes him and his band all the very best for the future.
"Phil Mogg [vocals] and Vinnie Moore [guitar] will meet shortly in Delaware to work on new songs, whilst Paul Raymond [keyboards/rhythm guitar] and Pete Way [bass] are already composing material for a new studio album. The idea is to record the new album in March/April this year but no decision has yet been taken as to where these recordings will take place. We'll let you know as soon as we know!"
UFO recently released a live CD/DVD, "Showtime", via SPV. The set was recorded at Pumpwerk in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on May 13, 2005

13 January 2006

Dutch female-fronted metallers AFTER FOREVER have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 23-25 in Dessel, Belgium. More confirmations will be announced soon.

13 January 2006

TO-MERA, the new dark progressive metal band formed by former WITHOUT FACE vocalist Julie Kiss and bassist Lee Barrett (ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR, DISGUST, MUSSOLINI HEADKICK), have inked a deal with Candlelight Records. The group will enter the studio in May to begin work on their as-yet untitled debut album, tentatively due later in the year. The CD will be recorded in Veszprem, Hungary and London, England with producer Brett Caldas-Lima, who had previously worked with the band on their July 2005 demo (see CD/DVD Reviews).
TO-MERA was formed by Kiss and Barrett following Julie's acrimonious departure from the Hungarian progressive metal band WITHOUT FACE. Kiss reportedly felt that she still had a lot more to offer musically and set about finding like-minded musicians in order to persue that goal. Fellow Hungarian Akos Pirisi, a huge fan of MESHUGGAH and a master of polyrhythmics, was brought in on drums. Later Tom MacLean was found after he — a big WITHOUT FACE fan — recognized Julie and introduced himself at a THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN concert. Tom graduated from the Trinity College of Music in London, where he studied jazz guitar. Although a huge metalhead, his broad musical tastes are evident in his playing, and he constantly pushes himself to attain new levels of skill.
When all was finally in place, the band recorded their debut demo in July 2005 at The Peel rehearsal rooms (Kingston-Upon-Thames) on a laptop, and it was mixed in France by up-and-coming producer Brett Caldas-Lima (KALISIA, MALMONDE, FAIRLIGHT).
After the demo was recorded, the band finally found a full-time keyboard player in the shape of Hugo Sheppard. Hugo is also a graduate of the Trinity College of Music where he studied classical piano. He has already contributed to the band's newer material, and his avant-garde, free-flowing style has added yet another dimension to TO-MERA's sound.
TO-MERA's demo is still available for download at www.myspace.com/tomeraband.

13 January 2006

The following update has been posted at THE GATHERING's website (see LINKS):
"The Gathering is finishing their 9th studio album together with Attie Bauw. The album will be called "Home". Some song titles are: 'Shortest Day', 'Home', 'Fatigue', 'Your Troubles Are Over', 'Solace', 'The Quiet One', 'A Noise Severe', 'Alone'. The band has recorded 13 tracks but don't know yet if they all appear on the new album.

The Gathering has signed a licensing deal for Europe with Sanctuary Records as they all felt Psychonaut was a little too small to promote them in a proper way. "Home" will be released in spring 2006, supported by an international Homelands Tour 2006 and festival appearances throughout the summer 2006."

13 January 2006

More new tour dates for KING DIAMOND's upcoming European tour are confirmed:

April
17 at Train in Aarhus, Denmark
19 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark
21 at Kåren in Gothenburg, Sweden
22 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway
24 at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden
26 at Tavastia ion Helsinki, Finland
27 at Teatria in Oulu, Finland
28 at Pekkahuon in Tampere, Finland
30 at Tavastia in Helsinki, Finland

May
3 at DS Yubileiny in St. Petersburg, Russia
5 at DK Gorbunova in Moskva, Russia
9 at Stodola Club in Warszaw, Poland
11 at Roxy Club in Prague, Czech Republic
12 at Novesta Sportshall in Zlin, Czech Republic
13 at Babylon Club in Bratislava, Slovakia
14 at Petöfi Hall in Budapest, Hungary
20 at Idrogios in Thessaloniki, Greece
21 at Club 22 in Athens, Greece
24 at New Age in Treviso, Italy
25 at Cencios in Firenze (Prato), Italy
26 at Live Music Club in Milano, Italy
27 at Tempo in Reggio Emilia, Italy
30 at Ind.Copera in Granada, Spain
31 at Aqualung in Madrid, Spain

June
2 at Razzmatazz 2 in Barcelona, Spain
3 at Sala Jam in Bergara, Spain
10 at De Lantaarn in Hellendoorn, Netherlands
11 at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands

13 January 2006

PROJECT: FAILING FLESH have announced on their website that their forthcoming album, "The Conjoined", is scheduled to be mastered on January 24. About the followup to 2004's A Beautiful Sickness, co-founder Kevin 131 said: "The songs are sounding great, very happy with them. But I guess every band says that about their new record. Eric (Forrest - vocals; ex-VOIVOD) sounds the best he ever has, Tim's (Gutierrez - guitar) riffing and ideas are sick as usual, and the songs are quite varied. Nice places that break it up with strange parts. Same as last time, we just did whatever we wanted to for this record. It's not all the same type of sound all the way through, enough things to keep it interesting."

13 January 2006

Roadrunner Records has set July 18th as the release date for CRADLE OF FILTH's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "Nymphetamine", which is being recorded at Lincolnshire Chapel studios with producer Rob Caggiano (BLEEDING THROUGH, ANTHRAX).
Frontman Dani Filth recently spoke about the making of the album. "I'm not saying it's 'experimental,' but we're definitely testing the limits of what we can do," Dani says of the new CD. "This is our sixth or seventh record, so we're trying to spice things up to keep the marriage going!" Though Filth admits that the recording process is "still in its formative stages," he says that most of the album's songs — which sport such titles as "The Byronic Man", "I am the Thorn" and "Libertina Grim" — have already been written.

13 January 2006

SAXON's website (see LINKS) has been updated with the band's first live dates for 2006, which are as follows:

March
16 at Desert Rock Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

April
21 at Rockweekend in Horst-America, Netherlands
23 at Astoria in London, England
24 at Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton, England




MARIO'S METAL MANIA wishes everybody a healthy, happy & heavy 2006. Thanx for the trust you all gave us during the last year! Hopefully you all will continue visiting MMM regularly again in 2006 and spread the word about this underground webzine made for metalheads BY metalheads!!
Cheers to all of you; Mario van Dooren & Crew


5 January 2006

Former TOXIK drummer Tad Leger has launched a brand new project called LUCERTOLA (Italian for "lizard"). The group's musicial style is said to be a blend of Leger's biggest influences: doom, old VOIVOD and Italian horror soundtracks (Goblin, Fabio Frizzi). Tad started out recording both guitar and drums himself, but was joined by his old BLACKENED SKY bandmate Andy Abbene and his brother Jay Abbene (WRATHCHILD AMERICA, SOULS AT ZERO) in early December 2005.
TOXIK was a New York-based melodic power/thrash metal band who released two albums for Roadrunner Records: "World Circus" (1988) and "Think This" (1989).

5 January 2006

The cover artwork for the upcoming self-titled debut album from ANGER AS ART, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal band featuring Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, DREAMS OF DAMNATION), has been posted here:


The artwork was created by Eddie Mize, while the CD layout and design was conceived by Steve Gaines and Mark DeVito of MetalBabies.com. All tracks were produced and engineered by Chris Trent for CT Audio in Los Angeles. The album is scheduled for release in February via OSM Records. Commented OSM Records CEO Patrick Ramseier: "We decided to add a few live tracks to the eight studio tracks. The finished track listing will be posted soon. We are very excited that the future of thrash is going to be very ANGRY."
As previously reported, ANGER AS ART have set "Callous And Furor" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due this summer. The upcoming CD is scheduled to be recorded during the coming weeks at CT Audio with producer Chris Trent.

About two weeks ago MMM did an interview with frontman Steve Gaines (see INTERVIEWS)

5 January 2006

Danish metallers BEYOND TWILIGHT have parted ways with singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter. An official statement at the band's website is as follows:
"Kelly Sundown Carpenter is no longer a member of Beyond Twilight. Kelly had 4 months to deliver vocal lines for the upcoming album but did not deliver more than 30 sec. of unusable vocals lines. Schedules and plans were pushed several times to adapt to Kelly's lack of ideas and problems. All in the Beyond Twilight camp have been more than patient with all his excuses. On the 7th of December Kelly finally got a warning. Through a period of 4 months he promised he would deliver next day but nothing happened. His reasons were everything from personal problems, family problems, not having enough time, blaming Mike and Truls from CIRCUS MAXIMUS taking away his enthusiasm because Kelly felt second to them and to not having a clue of what to sing. Kelly then demanded money else he wouldn't do the recordings. Although this is not the spirit of Beyond Twilight the band was forced to make an arrangement which was settled and Kelly was assured his wish of $500. The 28th of December Kelly decided that the label should pay him the amount of $500 before he left for the recordings else he wouldn't do the recordings. Finn Zierler wrote to Kelly that the label of course was closed during Christmas and he was not even going to ask the label but desperate to save the situation Finn offered to transfer the money to Kelly and asked Kelly to supply him with a Paypal account. Kelly did not do this instead he started attacking the concept of the album although he had not written any lyrics nor did he have a clue of what the concept is about. At last only one day before Kelly was supposed to fly to Europe he ended up accusing Finn for not paying him money to the account that Kelly never supplied and that he couldn't thrust Finn to give it to him and therefore he wanted to leave the band. King Kelly has decided not to cover the economical losses he has caused. On behalf of everybody in the Beyond Twilight camp it's safe to say that we are all puzzled about Kelly but we wish him the best for the future."

Only two days after announcing their split with singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter (also of OUTWORLD), BEYOND TWILIGHT have already acquired a replacement. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"We are proud to announce that our new lead vocalist is Björn Jansson. Coming from Sweden we warmly welcome him as new family member in BEYOND TWILIGHT. We are absolutely thrilled about our new reinforcement. Björn is an outstanding vocalist and fits the band perfectly. This also makes it possible for us to finally use our base in Scandinavia bringing back and setting up our camp here. No doubt this is a healthy situation for us as for playing live and touring which we have been dreaming about for a long time. "Björn is experienced and you might also know him from his albums with TEARS OF ANGER and Bob Katsionis' IMAGINERY.
"When getting in touch with Björn, we found out that he had been a BEYOND TWILIGHT fan for several years. What better commitment and conditions could we ask for? What really matters to us is that within less than 24 hours Björn showed his commitment by delivering vocal recordings. Not just vocal recordings but fantastic vocals in our own humble opinion. So there you have it!"

5 January 2006

Dutch hard rock veterans VENGEANCE are the latest addition to this year's installment of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 23-24 in Balingen, Germany. The band will introduce a very special surprise guest who will join them on stage for a few songs. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): FOREIGNER, Y&T, RIK EMMETT, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, EXODUS, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, VENGEANCE, LEATHERWOLF, COUNT RAVEN, VICTORY, L.A. GUNS, POWERWOLF.

Nine more acts will be announced during the coming months.

5 January 2006

Vocalist Johan Lindstrand (ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET, ex-THE CROWN) has recorded a guest appearance on the third album from Austrian death metallers DECOMPOSED CRANIUM.
Entitled "Death Roulette", the CD is scheduled for release next year via an as-yet-undetermined label. The follow-up to 2004's "Caged in Chaos" contains "13 tracks of sheer death/thrash metal" and a cover of a "quite famous black metal song," according to a posting on the band's web site.

5 January 2006

IRON MAIDEN are to release the DVD 'Death On tne Road' during early February. A triple disc set, it will have the whole of the band's show in Dortmund during December 2003, plus a documentary on the making of the album 'Dance Of Death', and promo clips for the songs 'Rainmaker' and 'Wildest Dreams'.

5 January 2006

GLENN HUGHES (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) will be entering the studio this month to begin recording his new solo album. RED HOT CHILI PEPPER's drummer, Chad Smith, who will also be playing on it. Joining Glenn and Chad will be JJ Marsh (guitar) and another Red Hot Chili Pepper; John Frusciante who has written a song for the new record and will most likely provide other contributions to the record. Smith also co-produced Hughes' 2005 album "Soul Mover" and will fill the same role on the new release.
Ryan Hewitt is to be the engineer and mixer for the new record. He's worked with the Chili Peppers, BLINK-182, U2, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL and many others.

Other news: The classic album HUGHES/THRALL is likely to get a remastered release later this year. The unique blend of pop and rock, originally recorded in 1982 by Glenn Hughes (vocals and bass) and Pat Thrall (guitars) is currently being prepared for release on the British Rock Candy Records label for release in May 2006. Rumour has it that the remastered album contains some previously unreleased music as well."

5 January 2006

Nightmare Records has announced the official release date for KATAGORY V's long-awaited third effort, "The Rising Anger", is April 25th. In the last few months, the band has been busy performing live (including the recent Monsters Of Metal show with HELSTAR and AGENT STEEL) and finalizing details concerning the new album. According to bassist Dustin Mitchell, the band is excited to see the light at the end of the long two year tunnel. "We've worked extremely hard the last two years on making sure this album was done properly - from writing it to recording it - and with the help of Nightmare Records (www.nightmare-records.com), we anticipate this release to be the album metal fans around the world have been wanting to hear since the very beginning, especially for fans of Katagory V who have followed us since the early days. We are certain they will not be disappointed! This is the album we've wanted to do since day one, and it's amazing to hear the final results and be 100% happy with how it has turned out. Granted, we feel the process for getting this album complete took far longer than it should have. However, we're extremely excited to see it come full circle now and we anticipate this album to be well worth the wait."

5 January 2006

OBITUARY part ways with Roadrunner Records
They have posted the following update at their official website (see LINKS):
"First we would like to wish all of you a very happy New Year!!! We are really looking forward to 2006 and all the opportunities that face us. As you may or may not know we are no longer with our old record company and we have a lot of options for what we might want to do. One thing is for sure and that is we will have a new CD out sometime this year. We have been working on some new material and when we get done with our European Tour in January we are going to work hard on getting that completed. Everything is set for our trip to Europe and we are all ready to go. I was just checking the weather and it looks like we will be freezing our asses off but, as my dad would say, "you got to do what you got to do"!!!! Record cold temperatures in some countries is not going to make things easy for us...I can even remember the last time I put a pair of long pants on??? Anyway, we look forward to seeing you all out at the shows and really need your support so please come out and see us!!!"

Upcoming OBITUARY live dates with SAMAEL and MAROON are as follows:

January
6 in Weert, Holland at Bosuil
7 in Zoetermeer, Holland at Boerderij
8 in London, England at The Mean Fiddler
9 in Dublin, Ireland at Temple Bar Music Centre
11 in Paris, France at La Locomotive
12 in Frankfurt, Germany at Batschkapp
13 in Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Loo
14 in Limoges, France at CC John Lennon
15 in Rennes, France at Cite
17 in Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
18 in Berlin, Germany at SO36
19 in Cologne, Germany at Live Music Hall
20 in Losheim/Saar, Germany at Eisenbahnhalle
21 in Glachau, Germany at Alte Spinnerei
23 in Milan, Italy at Rolling Stone
24 in Rome, Italy at Alpheus
25 in Treviso, Italy at New Age Club
27 in Barcelona, Spain at Razmatazz 2
28 in Madrid, Spain at Aqualung
29 in Bergara, Spain at Jam
30 in Toulouse, France at SDF Bikini
31 in Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7

February
1 in Ludwigsburg, Germany at Rockfabrik

5 January 2006

NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS (original ANTHRAX singer ) have penned the following songs for their upcoming album titled "A Fate Worse Than Death": 'Metal Warriors', 'Relentless', 'Riders Of The Apocalypse', 'Face Your Fears', 'The Test Of Time', 'Dreams Never Die', 'Vipersoul', 'Among The Walking Dead', 'The Sun Will Rise Again', 'Angry World', 'Die To Live', 'Back From Hell', 'Afterlife'.
"A Fate Worse Than Death" is the follow-up to Neil Turbin's debut CD, "Threatcon Delta", which was released in 2003 by Metal Mayhem/Middle Finger Records.

5 January 2006

Swedish metallers AMARAN have decided to call it quits. A statement at their official website reads as follows:
"Dear all, this year comes to an end and we are sad to say that Amaran does the same. Since Johanna (DePierre - vocals) left us in July we have really been struggling looking for a replacement. We have tried by contacts, friends, ads, headhunting, hostile kidnapping and threat without any success. Our bad luck always seems to keep up with us.
This issue has simply unplugged our tub of motivation, and we all decided to put Amaran six feet under.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in any way with us during these Amaran years. As a final word, we suggest you to keep your eyes open during the forthcoming year. A new year seems to be a good time to start up something new... A final farewell from Amaran."

5 January 2006

German thrash legends ASSASSIN are the confirmed co-headliners for the Keep It True VI Warm-Up Show, Metal Knights, which will take place April 7th at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. ASSASSIN replace HIRAX who festival organisers had to cancel. Also on the bill is DRIFTER and DANTESCO.

The Keep It True VI Festival is scheduled to take place on April 8th, 2006 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany. Acts on the bill include: RIOT, EXCITER, ROSS THE BOSS (A Night Of Early MANOWAR), SOLITUDE AETURNUS, PARADOX, AXEHAMMER, SILVER FIST, DARKNESS, WOTAN, POWERVICE.


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