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Monday, April 17, 2006

Elane news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:11 CET

Elane are preparing their new album scheduled for a september release.

Here are the next tourdates :

22.07.2006 in 82418 Murnau(unter München) Benefiz-Mittelalter-Open air
5.08.2006 Wernigerode (Harz), Schloßkapelle (unplugged)

(source : Elane mailing list)


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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:37 CET

Yes. I've updated again the playlist. This time with Eklyps a talented new french folk metal band. Check 'em.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

All about Eve very special DVD out on the 6th march
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:10 CET

All About Eve - Keepsakes: A Collection (2CD) (With Bonus DVD)

Promo :
http://www.julianneregan.net/media/keepsakes_promo.wmv

It features :
Bonus DVD:
Flowers In Our Hair
In The Clouds
Wild Hearted Woman
Every Angel
Martha's Harbour
What Kind of Fool
Road To Your Soul
December
Scarlet
Farewell Mr Sorrow
Strange Way
The Dreamer
Phased
Some Finer Day
Let Me Go Home
Going Live Pop Profile and performance of Every Angel - 1988
Top Of The Pops performance of Martha's Harbour - 1988
Top Of The Pops performance of What Kind of Fool - 1988
Daytime Live performance of Scarlet - 1990
Daytime Live performance of More Than The Blues - 1990
Top Of The Pops performace of Farewell Mr Sorrow - 1991
What Kind of Fool (No Tarot/Kids Version) (Easter Egg)
Martha's Harbour (TOTP 4/8/88) (Easter Egg)

Track List
Disc 1
Flowers In Our Hair (Extended)
In The Clouds
Calling Your Name (previously unavailable on CD)
Paradise (1989 Remix)
Martha's Harbour
Every Angel (7" Remix) (previously unavailable on CD)
What Kind of Fool (Autumn Rhapsody Mix)
Wildflowers (BBC Session 1988) (previously unavailable)
Candy Tree (Live from Hammersmith Odeon 1988) (previously unavailable version)
Wild Hearted Woman (Live from Hammersmith Odeon 1988) (previously unavailable version)
Our Summer (Live)
In The Meadow (Live from Hammersmith Odeon 1988) (previously unavailable version)
Gold and Silver
Scarlet
Road To Your Soul
Drowning
December
What Kind of Fool 2006 (Previously Unreleased New Recording)
The Empty Dancehall - Revisited (Previously Unreleased New Recording)
Disc 2
Farewell Mr Sorrow
Strange Way
Rhythm of Life
Wishing The Hours Away
The Dreamer (Tim Palmer Mix)
Touched By Jesus
Are You Lonely
See Emily Play (previously unavailable)
Phased
Freeze
I Don't Know (alternative version) (previously unavailable)
Some Finer Day
Infared
Outshine The Sun
Let Me Go Home
Keepsakes (Brand New Recording)
Raindrops (Brand New Recording


Can get it here for 13.99 pounds. Good bargain considering the content
http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=sb&page=title&r=CD&title=881485




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Gig review : Skyclad Feb tour
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:08 CET

Review of Skyclad's gigs in spain and portugal can be found in our message boards.

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Sunday, February 5, 2006

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:57 CET

Just to say i've forced myself to update the radio with some new content and it was highly time lol.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Wilska out of Finntroll
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:38 CET

"29.01.2006 Bye, and thanks for all the fish...
With a heavy heart I bring you the following news: In a band meeting one hour ago I was fired as a singer of Finntroll. Reasons are many and for the most part private, but personal differences and lack of discussion have led my bandmates to doubt my commitment for this band. I believe this will be discussed widely in the following days and more info will undoubtedly be out soon for your viewing pleasure. I will only say the following: These past three years have been the best times of my life and I want to thank all the friends I've gained from this, crews past and present, supporters who came to our shows and shared the good and the bad times. I will always cherish you in my heart. Thanks for my now ex-bandmates for sharing this experience with me. Life goes on and wounds will heal. The future remains to be seen.

Thank all of you and see you sometime, somewhere.


-Wilska

"

source : finntroll official site.


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Monday, December 12, 2005

Tristania Announce New Producer
Posted by: Pax @ 7:03 CET

From Tristania.com

The band feels it is about time to reveal some more details regarding the upcoming album.

It looks like it will be recorded in March, and they are happy to announce that it will be produced by Waldemar Sorychta.

For this last week they have been working together with him on the pre-production in their studio. The collaboration seems to work perfect, and they are now confident that he will be the perfect producer for them in order to achieve the best possible result.

As Waldemar Sorychta has produced some of their favorite metal albums (Ceremony of Opposites, Wolfheart, Wildhoney), they already knew that he was a brilliant producer. It was a huge relief to find that they also are working very well together. In the end, it was exactly what they were hoping for.

Tristania is confident that next year’s album will be a great one. The songs that are ready are really strong, and with Waldemar’s skills added , everyone involved are sure it will be a killer.

Tristania.


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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Skyclad return to Greece
Posted by: Matze @ 12:14 CET

Skyclad have posted the following message over at their official homepage:

"We will be taking a short trip to Greece in the new year to play the 'Another Club' in Athens on Saturday 28th of January 2006. This will be the bands' first apperance there since 1999 and gives our Greek fans ( and 'windmills') a chance to catch up with the 'new' line up and live performances of material from 'A Semblance of Normality'. Further shows are being booked now for early 2006 and details will be posted here shortly."


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Friday, November 18, 2005

Matthias Blad back in Falconer!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:54 CET

Swedish epic/power metallers FALCONER have confirmed the departure of singer Kristoffer Göbel. In a posting on their official web site, the band write, "Well, once again the line up of FALCONER is changing. 'Now again!!' you might say. It does sound a bit unstable to do this every once in a while, I know.

"After realizing that changing vocalist was not that applauded by people nor was the musical change on the last album (isn't it great when people are open minded....) we thought: 'OK, sailing towards the wind is getting boring' (personally I would say a sense of cynicism started to grow), 'Why not sail with it instead in good mood?'

"After changing the new music into more folkish style (and loving the sound of it) Karsten and I thought, 'Why not go the whole way, it would really fit the music.

"So hereby we present you the return of Mathias Blad.

"So we thank Kristoffer for the years in the band. It's been a great time we allways will cherish and we assure you all that this has nothing to do with personal matters. We wish all the best for Kriss in the future.

"This kind of thing is about the worst things you can do to a bandmate if you're all friends but in the end, this is not a sand box, it's a band."

FALCONER's fourth studio album, "Grime Vs. Grandeur", was released in May via Metal Blade Records. The CD features guest performances by Snowy Shaw (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL) on drums and Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) on additional lead vocals.

(source : blabbermouth)


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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Letzte Instanz: new album in February
Posted by: Matze @ 18:09 CET

The new Letzte Instanz album "Ins Licht" will be released on February 03 2006.
For those who can't wait the band will put up a new song each week as streaming mp3 over at myspace.com. This week's track is "Sonne", the title track of a single, to be realeased in December. The single will include another album track, "Tanz", a non-album track, "Hurra", and a remix of "Sonne".

-> http://www.myspace.com/letzteinstanz

Also in December the Letzte Instanz will play a few gigs in Germany:

15.12.05 Aschaffenburg Colos Saal
16.12.05 Gera Comma
17.12.05 Naila Frankenhalle - Rock-X-Mas
25.12.05 Chemnitz Stadthalle - Darkstorm Festival
26.12.05 Berlin Kesselhaus - Darkstorm Festival
27.12.05 Hamburg Knust
28.12.05 Würzburg AKW
29.12.05 Magdeburg Factory
30.12.05 Krefeld Kulturfabrik


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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Nightwish parts ways with Tarja Turunen
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:53 CET

NIGHTWISH Part Ways With Singer TARJA TURUNEN, Vow To Carry On - Oct. 22, 2005

NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) has issued the following "open letter" to the group's singer, Tarja Turunen:

"Dear Tarja,

"It's time to choose whether the story of NIGHTWISH ends here or whether it will still continue an undetermined period of time. We've been working with this creation for 9 years and we are not ready to give up yet. NIGHTWISH is a way of life, something to live for, and we're certain we can't let it go.

"Equally certain is the fact that we cannot go on with you and Marcelo any longer. During the last year something sad happened, which I've been going over in my head every single day, morning and night. Your attitude and behavior don't go with NIGHTWISH anymore. There are characteristics I would never have believed to see in my old dear friend. People who don't talk with each other for a year do not belong in the same band.

"We are involved in an industry where the business side of things is a necessary evil and something to worry about all the time. We are also a band which has always done music from the heart, because of friendship and the music itself. The mental satisfaction should always be more important than money! Nightwish is a band, it's an emotion.

"To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with those emotions have become much more important. You feel that you have sacrificed yourself and your musical career for NIGHTWISH, rather than thinking what it has given to you. This attitude was clearly shown to me in the two things you said to me in an airplane in Toronto: 'I don't need NIGHTWISH anymore,' and 'Remember, Tuomas, that I could leave this band at any time, giving you only one day's warning in advance.'

"I can't simply write any more songs for you to sing.

"You have said yourself that you are merely a 'guest musician' in NIGHTWISH. Now that visit ends and we will continue NIGHTWISH with a new female vocalist. We're sure this is an equally big relief to you as it is for us. We have all been feeling bad long enough.

"You told us that no matter what, the next NIGHTWISH album will be your last one. However, the rest of us want to continue as long as the fire burns. So there's no sense in doing that next album with you, either.
"The four of us have been going over this situation countless times and we have realized that this is the thing we want to do in life. It's all we can do. In December 2004, in Germany, you said that you will never tour again for more than two weeks at a time. You also said that we can forget about U.S. and Australia because the fees and the sizes of venues are too small.

"In interviews I've mentioned that if Tarja leaves, that would be the end of the band. I understand that people will think this way. NIGHTWISH is, however, a scenery of my soul and I'm not ready to let go because of one person. A person who wants to focus her creativity to somewhere else, a person whose values don't match mine.

"We were never bothered by the fact that you didn't participate in writing/arranging songs, you never in 9 years came to rehearse the songs with us before going to the studio. Not the fact that while on tour you always wanted to fly, separately from us with your husband. Not the fact that you are an undisputable front image of the band. We accepted and felt OK about everything except greed, underestimating the fans, and breaking promises. It was agreed by the five of us that NIGHTWISH would be the priority in everything that we do during 2004-2005. Still so many things were more important to you. The ultimate example being the already sold-out show in Oslo, which you wanted to cancel because you needed to rehearse for your solo concerts, meet frieds and go to the movies. Those were the words Marcelo used in an e-mail explaining the cancellation. This being just one example of so many. I couldn't think of a worse way of being selfish and dismissing our fans.

"NIGHTWISH is a way of life and a job with many obligations. To each other and to the fans. With you we can't take care of those duties anymore.

"Deep within we don't know which one of you drove us to this point. Somehow Marcelo has changed you from the lovely girl you were into a diva, who doesn't think or act the way she used to. You are too sure of your irreplaceableness and status.

"It's obvious that you blame your stress and misery on us four. And you think we don't respect or listen to you. Believe us; We have always had the uppermost respect towards you as a wonderful vocalist and as a friend. And very often during the past couple of years the plans were made according to your decisions only. You were always the only one who wanted more money from the shows.

"This 'compensation and more money from everything' attitude is the fact that we are most disappointed of!

"We wish that from now on you will listen to your heart instead of Marcelo. Cultural differences combined with greed, opportunism and love is a dangerous combination. Do not wither yourself.

"This decision is not something we are especially proud of but you gave us no choice. The gap between us is too wide. And the decision is made by us four unanimously. We are beyond the point where things could be settled by talking.

"All the best for your life and career, Tuomas."

NIGHTWISH recorded the final show of their "Once" world tour — on Friday (Oct. 21) at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki — for an upcoming CD/DVD, entitled "End of an Era". "As you can imagine, the atmosphere in the arena was wild but also quite blue," the band write on their web site. "This was the ending for a one and a half year lasting 'Once' world Tour. NIGHTWISH wishes to thank everybody for an unbelievable tour. Unfortunately, the title 'End of an Era' also holds a deeper meaning."

(source : blabbermouth)


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Saturday, October 8, 2005

Captain Tractor -New Album
Posted by: Pax @ 20:52 CET

Captain Tractor announce the release of their new album, North of the Yellowhead.

MP3s are available for your downloading and prepurchasing pleasure here.


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Monday, October 3, 2005

Tristania to record new album in february
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:05 CET

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have posted the following message on their official web site:

"First of all we would like thank the ones that showed up and supported us on Wave Gotik Treffen, Summer Breeze and Wacken Open Air. We had a great time.

"As most of you know by now; we're currently in writing mode. Østen [Bergoy, vocals] has been writing quite some of the lyrics, and both Anders [H. Hidle, guitar] and Einar [Moen, keyboards/programming] are working busily with pre-production of the songs. Right now we are starting to jam on the new material as a complete band in the rehearsal room. We learned with 'Ashes' [2005] how fruitful this can turn out; especially considering the vocals. The whole band is shaping the material together during this process, and each member adds a personal touch to his/her lines. Usually new ideas also is born through this process, and to a certain degree we are composing music from scratch this way. This time around we also have a 'new' creative force in Svein Terje [Solvang, guitar] .

"Not doing too many gigs at the moment, as we want to focus on the song writing. One of the few concerts we will do this period is in Norway: We will play the Karmøygeddon Arctic Festival, in Haugesund on November 12th — together with TÖMMERMENN (some of us are huge fans of their music) and EVERGREY, among others.

"We were earlier hoping to do a full U.S. tour during this autumn. Although a couple of offers came up, the right offer to support a headliner that somehow fits our sound didn't come up this time. The reason for this was mainly that a possible U.S. tour would need to take place within a quite short time frame (after the summer festivals, before pre-production of the upcoming album). As U.S. is a new territory to tour for us (Metalfest, L.A. in 2000 is our only U.S. gig so far) we need to support a bigger band in order to tour the States. Of course, no one can control who is touring at a given time, but we're confident that the first proper U.S. tour will happen after the release of next year's album. We know from all the fan mail we have got during the years that a lot of people want us to come to U.S. Well, soon you will get this opportunity — we hope you'll use it!

"Everything goes really well concerning writing the new material. Einar has built a home studio in the basement of his house, and we work there almost every weekend with pre-production of the new songs — using Nuendo. Quite soon we will also have ready a recording room for vocals connected to the studio. Other than that we are e-mailing ideas back and forth to each other and it slowly the songs are developed.

We are extremely eager about the new stuff, and we feel that we have the basis for some very solid songs at the moment. In the spirit of TRISTANIA the new material is quite diverse. A couple of the tracks will include some doomy stuff, and we are working on an industrial piece. A couple of the songs can be described as dark atmospheric stuff. There will be some heavy guitar based tracks, which at least we find very catchy. In the end it is too early to tell which songs that will make it to the album, still we're confident that we will end up with an album we will be proud of.

"Concerning producer and choice of studio, this decision has already been made. We will wait a little bit with publishing these details, because we first want everything to be 100% confirmed. We will come together with the producer in December, and work on the songs together. If it works out like we think it will do, we will go for this choice — and we will record the album in February, with a planned release before the summer. After the release we will be ready for heavy touring again.

"Looking forward to see you guys again then!"

(source blabbermouth)


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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Arch Enemy announces new guitarist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:18 CET

ARCH ENEMY have now settled on Fredrik Åkesson as a replacement for Chris Amott (guitar) for the continued "Doomsday Machine" touring campaign.

Commented ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: "This guy, he just simply kills on the axe! Rhythms and leads — he's really got a shredding and musical style. He was down here rehearsing with us last week and we had a great time playing music and hanging out. We are eagerly looking forward to hitting the road again, this time with Fredrik on board the good ship ARCH ENEMY."

Fredrik Åkesson, born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden first picked up the guitar at the age of 12, discovered Michael Schenker at the age of 14 and has been hooked on the "shred" ever since! Other early influences include Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen and George Lynch. Over the years Fredrik has lent his awesome guitar talent to such varied artists such as TALISMAN, JOHN NORUM, KRUX, TIAMAT and his own (now defunct) group, SOUTHPAW.

Fredrik Åkesson comments on joining forces with ARCH ENEMY: "I was really thrilled when Michael Amott called me up and gave me the opportunity to play with ARCH ENEMY. I am excited about going on tour with them, and to meet you all. "C-Ya out there — it's time to burn!"

ARCH ENEMY start their European tour in Paris at the Bataclan on October 2.

(source blabbermouth)


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CD Review : Arcturus "Sideshow symphonies"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:16 CET

Review by Shadarlogoth. You can read it here!

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:44 CET

Just to let you know our radio playlist has just been updated.

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Friday, August 5, 2005

CD Review : In the woods "Heart of ages"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:25 CET

Review here!
by shadar logoth


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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

CD Review : Nevermore "The godless endeavour"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:08 CET

Review here!

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Gig Review : The Blue Horses - saul festival
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:10 CET

Short gig review by Aimless Drifter.
Read it here!


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Friday, July 8, 2005

CD Review : Yorick 'The rest is silence'
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:54 CET

Review by Stephane 'bombjour' Vasiljevic.
Read it here!


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Thursday, July 7, 2005

Skyclad confirmed for Tuska Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 21:18 CET

The organizers of this year's Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland have been forced to make a couple of slight but very regrettable changes in the program.

British cult band BAL-SAGOTH have been forced to cancel their performance at the festival. For some time now, the band have stated on their web site that the recordings of their forthcoming album are still in their final stages. As a result, the Tuska organizers have received the following message from the band's frontman Byron:

"BAL-SAGOTH will regrettably not now be playing the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland as previously planned. This is due to the fact that the band are in the final stages of recording the long awaited and much delayed sixth and final album, and all available time and effort is being directed towards the completion of the opus. However, BAL-SAGOTH greatly look forward to playing in Helsinki and meeting their steadfast Finnish supporters later in the year once the sixth album has been completed."

Plans for a club show in Helsinki this autumn are currently underway.

Replacing BAL-SAGOTH at this year's festival will be British folk metal pioneers SKYCLAD. The band were one of the first to combine traditional metal with folk influences in a way that has attracted a large number of followers. SKYCLAD's last studio album, "A Semblance of Normality", was released in 2004.

Immediately prior to their Tuska appearance, SKYCLAD will perform two days in a row at the Dong Festival in Germany, with a regular performance scheduled for Friday, July 15 and an acoustic one slated for Saturday, July 16. SKYCLAD will perform at Tuska on Sunday, July 17 at 4:45 p.m. on the Sue Stage.

There are still a few hundred tickets left for Friday, July 15. All other tickets are sold out. Remaining tickets for Friday cost 32 euros each and they are sold at Tiketti (www.tiketti.fi) and Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi).

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival is set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. Bands slated to appear at the festival include MONSTER MAGNET, APOCALYPTICA, FINNTROLL, PRIMAL FEAR, DESTRUCTION, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT, GAMMA RAY, ACCEPT, SENTENCED, CHILDREN OF BODOM and EVERGREY.

For more information, visit www.tuska-festival.fi.


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Monday, July 4, 2005

Coroner rule out reunion ... :(
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:26 CET

The legendary technical metal band CORONER from Zurich, Switzerland have reportedly ruled out the possibility of a reunion, despite the recent offer of a festival appearance as well as other live performances.

According to a posting on The Unofficial Coroner Web Site, "Marky [Marquis Marky, a.k.a. Marky Edelmann, drums] wrote [in a recent e-mail that] he met Ron [Royce, a.k.a. Ron Broder, bass/vocals] and Tommy [Vetterli, a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron, guitar] two weeks ago to talk about the reunion. Unfortunately, he said it was now 100% sure there would be no CORONER reunion or live shows. He explained the main reason was that neither he, Ron, nor Tommy had the time it would require to do this properly, and also that neither of them liked to, I quote, 'reheat things, except spaghetti sauce.'

"Marky explicitly asked me not to post his e-mail on the web, but he said that they were all extremely touched by the interest of all the fans and — for this very reason, I believe — they would meet again in two weeks for two other things he doesn't want me to reveal yet. Both things are still very uncertain, and one of them — the most uncertain of the two — is particularly exciting, although it's not a reunion, and it's not a new album.

"Keep checking the CORONER Message Board and this site for news because one of the things he talked about, if it happens, will be an exclusive time-limited opportunity that will be announced here.

"More news about all those mysteries as soon as I hear from Marky again and get the green light from him! :)"

(source : blabbermouth)


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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

New Model Army: new album in September
Posted by: Matze @ 16:07 CET

"The long awaited new album, titled "Carnival" has now been completed and plans are being finalised. UK and European release date will be September 5th. North America one day later on Sept 6th. Why? because Europe release on a Monday, US on a Tuesday. We will try to keep you up to date with arrangements around the world, but don't forget - if you can't get it locally you will be able to get it from The Shop from the day of release. We will be taking orders from one week before and will ship on Monday 5th.

It will be released (as all recent albums) through the band's own label - Attack Attack Records, and will be distributed by independent companies in each territory. Catalogue number is ATK2311 and it will be on store release schedules (meaning you will be able to pre-order it) from mid July. Precise details of distribution partners will appear soon.

Cover is another fabulous piece from Joolz - previewed on tour postcards earlier in the year and will feature on all tour promotion in the autumn

Mostly written in their studio in Bradford and then arranged by the band in the recording studio, Carnival really conveys the power of the band - pounding rhythms, soaring bass, driving guitars and biting vocals combine in the passionate and dynamic way that only NMA can produce. Justin's lyrics are as poignant as always. Subject matter swings from Britain and Bradford to Africa via religion and relationships, and the poetry is as beautiful as ever. Of course, the CD will be presented with a full lyric booklet.


NEW MODEL ARMY - Summer dates confirmed:

Friday 1st July - Amsterdam. Melkweg-Oude Zaal
Saturday 2nd July - Fusion Festival, Germany - www.fusion-festival.de
Friday 15th July - Forestglade, Austria - www.forestglade.at"

source: http://www.newmodelarmy.org


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Thursday, June 23, 2005

New Dreaditorial
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:44 CET

How faust sold his soul to be the "best"...

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Demo Review : Kurixis
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:41 CET

Check the demo review of Kurixis by Shadarlogoth.

Read it all


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Sunday, June 19, 2005

New Letzte Instanz album
Posted by: Matze @ 14:50 CET

Letzte Instanz will release their as-yet-untitled 5th studio album early next year, probably in February.

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Friday, June 17, 2005

Yearning news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:46 CET

Yearning is still searching for a new label deal.
Anyway Tony, the drummer of the band told me this :
"Hi! Nothing heard so far! Anyway we've booked to Tico-Tico studio on January 2006, so before that we really have to find something...
-T.Kristian"


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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Cruachan ink deal with Black Lotus Records
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:11 CET

It's official.
The band has posted an announcement on blabbermouth. They join the independant greek label Black Lotus.


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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Skyclad live at Beja festival (portugal)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:18 CET

Gig review by Ferdipollo.
read it here!


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Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Cruachan news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:19 CET

Keith Fay (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards) of the Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"I am delighted to announce that the Father of Folk Metal, Martin Walkyier, will be doing guest vocals for one track on our next album. I am a huge fan of Martin's since early SABBAT and SKYCLAD so for me this is a huge honour."

CRUACHAN recently parted ways with Karmageddon Media. The group's final release for the label will be a reissue of their 1994 "Celtica" demo, featuring unreleased tracks, including "Timmy", which has been performed live at quite a few CRUACHAN shows.

CRUACHAN will embark on the European "Pagan Invasion Tour 2005" beginning in mid-September. A list of the confirmed tour dates can be found at this location.

CRUACHAN are continuing to tour in support of their fourth full-length album, "Pagan", which was released through Karmageddon Media. "Pagan" was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to 2002's "Folk-Lore". The cover artwork for "Pagan" was created by John Howe, the leading JRR Tolkien illustrator and the conceptual artist from the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

(source blabbermouth) thanks to Shadar Logoth for info.


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Saturday, June 4, 2005

Radio Playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:15 CET

Our "music with a soul" radio has just been updated.
Enjoy.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Tristania adds a new guitarist to line up
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:27 CET

Norwegian metal band TRISTANIA have announced the addition of guitarist Svein Terje Solvang to the group's ranks. Solvang, who has played with the band as a session live guitarist on all TRISTANIA tours this year, is "welcomed as a permanent band member," according to a posting on the group's web site
(source blabbermouth).


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Sunday, May 29, 2005

SKYCLAD to play in Portugal, Germany
Posted by: Matze @ 12:04 CET

"Skyclad are pleased to announce that (at long last) they are to play in Portugal. The band is to appear at the Festival Beja Alternativa (Auditório exterior da Casa da Cultura), which takes place in the picturesque city of Beja in Southern Portugal on Saturday 4th June.

Along with the band's appearance at this Dong Open Air festival on the 15th & 16th of July (as previously posted), we are also pleased to announce that we are to play at this years 'Rocktown' festival on September 10th. Check out www.rocktown.de.vu"

source: http://www.skyclad.co.uk


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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Letzte Instanz: demo-mp3s available for download
Posted by: Matze @ 22:20 CET

Letzte Instanz have put up two new Mp3-clips at

http://www.letzte-instanz.de

Both clips are demos with programmed drums and strings.


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Monday, May 23, 2005

King's X news
Posted by: Matze @ 22:27 CET

KING'S X have inked a new worldwide deal with InsideOut Music. The group's recently completed new studio album is scheduled for release on September 27. The CD was produced by veteran metal producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, WARRANT, ACCEPT, HAMMERFALL) and is set to include the following tracks (in no particular order):

01. Bam
02. Where Do You Go
03. Honesty
04. Open My Eyes
05. Mud
06. Sooner or Later
07. Freedom
08. Fly
09. Alison
10. If
11. Be Bop
12. Alone
13. Stay

Two videos will reportedly be filmed before the CD's release, which will coincide with a U.S. tour. A trip overseas is also being planned.

As previously reported, KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick will release his third solo album, "Emotional Animal", on July 19 via Magna Carta Records. Doug played most of the instruments and vocals on the CD, which features a guest appearance by KING'S X drummer Jerry's son Joy Gaskill (drums) and Kelly Watson (mouth trumpet and vocals on "Freak The Funk Out"). The CD was recorded and mixed at Poundhound Studio by Dug, and mastered by Ty Tabor. "Emotional Animal" will have an interview and bonus demo versions of two of the songs on the CD-ROM portion of the disc.

While Pinnick's previous solo outings were credited to POUNDHOUND, this will be the first to feature solely Pinnick's name (or a slight variation thereof: DUG PINNICK). He described the album to Billboard.com as mostly rock-based but with a few surprises, including the gospel-tinged "Equal Rights", as well as a dance track, "When You Gonna Come".

source: blabbermouth.net


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BLAZE live viedo
Posted by: Matze @ 22:25 CET

BlazeFans.com has uploaded a video of the classic BLAZE lineup performing "Kill & Destroy" live in France at this location.

BLAZE's current lineup consists of the following:

Blaze Bayley – Vocals
Oliver Palotai – Guitar
Luca Priciotta – Guitar
Christian Ammann – Bass
Daniel Schild - Drums)

Check out recent live photos of the group at this location.

BLAZE are continuing to tour in support of their third album, "Blood & Belief", which was released in Europe in April 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Elusive new album in june
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:34 CET

Elusive 's second album will be released in june.

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Sunday, May 1, 2005

Skiltron: new album details
Posted by: Matze @ 22:11 CET

Skiltron will release their first full length album "The Clans Have United" trough Underground Symphony in late summer. Here's the tracklist:

Tartan's March
By Sword and Shield
Sixteen Years After
This Crusade
Rising Soul
Pagan Pride
Stirling Bridge
Gathering the Clans
Coming from the West
Across the Centuries

Furthermore, an acoustic version of 'Gathering the clans' will be featured on a limited edition of the album.


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Gig Review : Miten & Premal - FFB
Posted by: Stéphane @ 2:43 CET

By turismoclad

read it here


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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Iscariah and former TCD crew already hard at work
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:17 CET

"Hello boys & girls!

Just a quick note to let you in on whats going on! As you all know, it all went slightly downhill rapidly here for the upcoming release. Well, it has kind of gone rapidly downwards for a long time, and very downwards in the end. Anyways, due to legal reaons, The Clan Destined ARE allowed to legally use the tracks/recording for his release anyways. At the same time, we...the new band which will rise from the crypt of this, are also allowed to do the same. We will all see how this turns out in the end, but I am sure Martin will continue to release this MCD.
Anyways, despite all this craziness, me and lee cassidy (first), will start recording demos within very short time & will announce a full new lineup shortly after that is done. We have 9 new songs which are more or less ready to go & i can assure you all this time we will NOT wait forever and drag it all out. We will work fast & focused for this. I think we all deserve that & the best force of defense is always dicipline & focus.
No name yet for the new band, but we are VERY open for suggestions, so please keep coming with them!

In the meantime, and during all this shit...I have been recording a demo which is available at:

http://www.myspace.com/deadtothisworld


This is the whole demo in its entirety which should be the only way to use a demo these days. To spread the name first of all through music. So, even though this is a small project i do, its at least something in the wait for the big happening.

I am extremely confident now & are very fukkin ready for battling onwards & upwards. In between all work as we prepare the new beginning, I will stay on here an talk as much bollocks as I can haha.

Cheers to all old & new members....now..back to the guitar & a bottle of heineken (teutonic beer uber alles).

Iscariah



Oh! Must add that the demo you hear on the link has nothing to do with the upcoming band. Its just me being abit nostalgic and pissed off. "



(source : the new beginning board)


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Monday, April 25, 2005

Mediaeval Baebes new cd in July
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:03 CET

The new album, Mirabilis, is now scheduled for release in July, so we¹re
really looking forward to that.

(source : MB official site)


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Humppa Alcool available in germany...
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:56 CET

"German record company Humppa Records has released a wonderful set of Eläkeläiset-labeled Humppahuikka licorice liqueurs. Extremely handy two centiliter flasks are available for mailorder at web shop Kioski. Before ordering outside Germany, we recommend to check your local customs regulations and laws concerning private alcohol importing."

(official band website)

Matze... ==>get some!


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Dark Sanctuary preparing new album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:54 CET

The new album is under preparation. All songs are composed and ready to be recorded. We will enter in studio in July 2005 for a full month. More info soon.

(Source : DS site)


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Ataraxia news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:51 CET

"There are many fabulous places, imagined, visited or skimmed over in dreams,
there are gardens and kingdoms, lost in the meanders of time,
carried away, carried away by our notes…"

Book + CD available in winter 2005 by Ark Records - Italy
Everything has its origins in the stone and the stone is at the origin of everything.
ATARAXIA have built the foundations of their manor with that rough material to
make them stronger and unaffectable by time. The water, symbol of death and
re-birth, has become their spiritual guide and has given them the chance to
progress, to shape and to transform their art throughout the years. Then, the doors
of the realm of dreams have opened to allow them to enter a contemplative
dimension. At the end, walking through a labyrinth leading to a painful and
surprising knowledge of themselves, they achieved a new state of enlightenment.
What distinguishes a raw stone from a precious one lies in its capacity to be
crossed by light and filter it. 'Arcana Eco' is a journey from the rocky underworld
up to an eden of light.
'Arcana Eco' is a book describing the story of ATARAXIA's albums through the
images of voyage that inspired them.
'Arcana Eco' is also the travel diary of Ferruccio Filippi, a music journalist who
reached ATARAXIA's place to talk with them about their art.
'Arcana Eco ' is a voyage within a voyage.

BOOK : six chapters developping through Livio Bedeschi's photos, Ferruccio
Filippi's reflections and Francesca Nicoli's writings; an exhaustive interview; a full
discography and the 'Arcana Eco' Cd lyrics.

CD : 7 exclusive tracks recorded and mixed between April and July 2004 (total length
36 mn), four of them are new, the other three are older songs revisited with a today
sensibility.

(source : ataraxia's official site)


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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

TCD ... the split?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:38 CET

"Line-up change!

Due to unprofessional behavior & defamation of character by Martin Walkyier against Iscariah, we, the undersigned members of The Clan Destined have, unanimously and without hesitation, decided to leave the band. Because all The Clan Destined music was written, performed and recorded by us, these tracks will be reclaimed and used in a new band. This new line-up will be announced very shortly. We would like to thank all fans, partners, producers, contributors, friends and forum members of The Clan Destined for their incredible support and patience in waiting for the TCD release, and guarantee their wait will not have been in vain.

With the release of this statement, the following band members have now officially left The Clan Destined:

Iscariah aka Stian Smorholm
Kara Sultan
Tony Wildwood
Lee Cassidy
And Emily Dolan Davies.

We would also like to thank the following TCD members for their invaluable contribution. These members left at different times but for the same reasons as outlined above.

Lynda Davies – Creator/Co-founder and Spiritual Advisor
Deborah Ann Birch – TCD member / UK promotion / Sales
Wayne Birch – TCD member / UK promotion / Sales
Dean Moran – TCD member / UK promotion
Heather – TCD member / Internet & US promotion
Chris Day – TCD member / UK promotion
Trish Hamilton – TCD member / Spiritual Advisor
Alyson Rouse – TCD member / UK promotion"




(source blabbermouth and TCD unofficial message board).


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Dong Open Air: Line up complete! Running order done!
Posted by: Matze @ 7:41 CET

Dear boys and girls who seem to have a very decent taste in music!

D:O:A Productions proudly announces the complete billing of the D:O:A 2005! 19 bands, 20 shows, played at the two festival days should probably be enough to keep you entertained. The same procedure as every year: A well-mixed variety of Death, Power, Thrash, Black and Folk Metal, as well Rock'n'Roll won’t let anyone have an excuse to not throw their hair into the air, while there still will be some “nobodies” on stage in order to change that status.

Of course this was not due to financial problems. On the contrary! We are trying to present next to well-known artists some new, young and juvenescent combos to let them surprise and win you over with musical qualities and delight in playing. In case any of you can recall Crikey, The Rules or Equilibrium… you know what I am talking about….

Running Order:

Friday:
14:35 - 15:20 Drawline - Rock'n'Roll
15:40 - 16:25 Synasthasia - Power Metal
16:45 - 17:30 Orkus - Black Metal
17:50 - 18:35 Perzonal War - Thrash Metal
18:55 - 19:40 Sycronomica - Black Metal
20:00 - 20:45 Mindcrime - Power Metal
21:05 - 21:50 Hate Factor - Death Metal
22:10 - 23:10 Delirious - Thrash Metal
23:30 - 01:00 Skyclad - Folk Metal

Saturday:
12:10 - 12:55 Aardvarks - Death/Thrash Metal
13:15 - 14:00 Stormgarde - Melodic Metal
14:20 - 15:05 President Evil - Thrash Metal
15:25 - 16:25 Skyclad - Folk Metal(Acoustic)
16:45 - 17:30 Intense - Power Metal
17:50 - 18:35 Desilence - Thrash Metal
18:55 - 19:40 Excrementory Grindfuckers - Grind Core Cover
20:00 - 20:45 XIV Dark Centuries - Black/Viking Metal
21:05 - 21:50 Behind The Scenery - Melodic Death Metal
22:10 - 23:10 Elvenking - Folk/Power Metal
23:30 - 01:00 Finntroll - Humppa-Folk-Black Metal


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Friday, April 8, 2005

Thomen Stauch: New audio clips online
Posted by: Matze @ 14:26 CET

Former Blind Guardian drummer Thomen Stauch has put up several audio clips of his new band "Savage Circus", feat. members of the Swedish band Persuader and Piet Sielck. If you like the older Blind Guardian albums you'll probably like this stuff, too. :)

http://www.thomen.de


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Tuesday, April 5, 2005

CD Review : Primordial "The gathering wilderness"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:13 CET

First review by one of our new poster, ShadarLogoth.

Read it all here


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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Skiltron News
Posted by: Matze @ 17:00 CET

Skiltron will start recording their debut album on April 11 in the "La nave de Oseberg" studio, where the band already recorded their demo EP.
The album will be called "The clans have united". A standard edition will include 10 tracks. Two extra tracks will be used for special editions (among those two there's a cover version of Skyclad's Spinning Jenny). The album will be released this year through a european label.


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Friday, March 18, 2005

New Dreaditorial
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:00 CET

About a friendly site ceasing to exist.
The Metal gospel.

Read dreaditorial here.


I don't feel well,having learnt that new tonight.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

CD Review : Turbonegro "Ass cobra"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:41 CET

CD review by Nebulae Architect.

Read it here!


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CD Review : Mlada Fronta "Illusory time"'
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:40 CET

Review by Nebulae Architect.

Read it all here!


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Friday, March 11, 2005

Arch Enemy begins recording sessions
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:54 CET

Swedish/German extreme metal act ARCH ENEMY have commenced the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2003's "Anthems of Rebellion". "We spent the last month in rehearsals and pre-production… It was pretty intense, but hard work pays off — and I believe we have come up with an amazing collection of songs," drummer Daniel Erlandsson writes on the group's web site.

(blabbermouth)


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After forever in recording mode
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:53 CET

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have posted the following recording update on their official web site:

"The recordings of our fourth full length album, 'Remagine', have finally begun!

"Monday, March 7, the recordings of the drums started. The first thing we asked the studio engineers was to give a professional assessment of the recording quality of the drums on the pre-production we had recorded.

"André [Borgman, who last month underwent surgery to remove a tumor] had drummed on this pre-production and we hoped we would be able to use this material. To our great relief the engineers thought this was top-quality material. So, without André being present in the studio, his drums will be on 'Remagine'!!! We thank Ernst van der Ee, André's friend and professional example, who was prepared to drum the album, for being there if necessary.

"After hearing this positive news André was very excited and hopefully that happiness will make him recover faster!

"He started with his second chemical therapy session and so far there are no complications. He is responding well to this treatment so let's hope he will not get sick like last time. He'll be in the hospital until Friday, then he can go home again to recover and get ready for the next chemical treatment. If everything stays normal he'll be home for two weeks.

"André and AFTER FOREVER want to thank everybody who have supported us the last few weeks in these difficult times!!!

"We hope André stays in your hearts and that you keep helping him by sending nice mails, postcards, etc. to get him back behind the drum kit as soon as possible!"

As previously reported, AFTER FOREVER are expected to record the bass and the guitars at the Excess Studio in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) again. The vocals, classical stuff and the mix will be done in the Gate Studio of Sascha Peath and Miro in Wolfsburg, Germany.

AFTER FOREVER's latest album, "Invisible Circles", was released in March 2004 through Transmission Records. "Invisible Circles" is the follow-up to "Decipher", which was issued in 2001

(blabbermouth)


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Coroner reunion in the works?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:35 CET

The legendary technical metal band CORONER from Zurich, Switzerland have been asked to take part in a metal festival to take place in Chicago in late 2005. Guitarist Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron, more recently of KREATOR) was contacted and offered a headlining slot at the festival, which is reportedly being organized by producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE). If CORONER accept the offer, this will be a highly anticipated reunion of one of the most underrated technical metal bands of all time.

Anyone interested in keeping up to date on happenings with a possible CORONER reunion are encouraged to check out the "unofficial CORONER web site" at this location.

If you wish to lend your support to the idea that CORONER should participate in the upcoming festival, feel free to post on their message board and let them know (the bandmembers reportedly watch this board).

(source blabbermouth)


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Monday, March 7, 2005

Gig Review : Beyond the Embrace, Into Eternity, Amorphis
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:01 CET

Review of the Galaxy gig by Pax eternum.
Read it here!


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Monday, February 28, 2005

CD Review : Enya "Watermark"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:01 CET

By myself.

Read the review here!


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Friday, February 18, 2005

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:45 CET

Just added some Enya.

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Monday, February 14, 2005

Letzte Instanz: new singer
Posted by: Matze @ 8:23 CET

Two posts by band members over at the Letzte Insanz message board indicate that they've finally found a new singer! An official statement should follow soon.

update: New singer Holly is the former frontman of "The Comuvnics". Die Letzte Instanz are currently working on new songs and have announced to play at some festivals this summer.


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Skyclad, Finntroll confirmed for Germany's Dong Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 8:21 CET

SKYCLAD have been confirmed as headliner on Friday! And since the band is celebrating their 15th anniversary, they will play an additional acoustic show on Saturday.

Headliner on Saturday will be FINNTROLL!

For further info, tickets, etc. see -> http://www.dongopenair.de


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The Clan Destined: new mp3
Posted by: Matze @ 8:19 CET

...this time with vocals. http://www.theclandestined.com/downloads.php

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Friday, February 4, 2005

Sentenced to disband after next album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:11 CET

SENTENCED have posted the following message at their official website (www.sentenced.org):

Wed better put this out in the open before you hear it somewhere else.

The title of the new album is The Funeral Album, and with it we, SENTENCED, are coming to the end of our road. This album will be our last one.

The decision is mutual, thoroughly thought over and final.

Metaphorically speaking, this is a mass suicide of 5, and the new album is the kind of note we want to leave behind. One last time around for good-byes.

The decision was made during 2004. The reasons are many, and I dont feel any need to go into details here. I will say however, that everyone will walk away as friends. In my eyes we are even not splitting up, but ending our recording career together. And there is major difference between those two. Our wish was always to go out with style and at the peak of our so called success. I think with The Funeral Album we will do exactly that.

Once the album is released, there will be an undefined number of farewell shows. When, where and how many, those are questions that at this point remain open. Intense and long touring, however, will unfortunately not follow, and most of these shows will take place on festivals where we can reach as much people as possible at one time. At the moment it seems that all of these funeral shows will be in Europe.

If everything goes as planned, we will also make a live-DVD out of those last shows and include a lot of stuff from the past on it. Not to mention all the music-videos we have done during the years. The working title for the DVD is Buried Alive.

After that SENTENCED is no more.

And: THIS IS IT. There will not be a reunion, come-back, or any other pathetic and soap-operish circus that seems to be in fashion these days. SENTENCED will rest in peace.

We will make the most out of the bands last year, and hope you will all join us.

See you on the last run.

/Lopakka & SENTENCED.

(source perpetual motion board)


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Saturday, January 29, 2005

CD Review : Tristania "Ashes"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:44 CET

Review by Tarswelder.
Read it here!


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CD Review : Kreator 'Enemy of God"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:44 CET

Review by Tarswelder.

Read it here!


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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Equilibrium: new mp3 snippets online
Posted by: Matze @ 8:28 CET

German Folk/Vikingmetal act Equilibrium have put up four new mp3 clips from their first full-length album, "Turis Fratyr", at http://www.equilibrium-metal.de. "Turis Fratyr" is scheduled for release on February 14, 2005.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

OVERKILL, SKEW SISKIN confirmed for RockHarz Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 8:46 CET

RockHarz Open Air 2005, July 08-09 2005, Osterode/Dorste (Germany)

DORO
OVERKILL
RAGE
DESTRUCTION
HOLY MOSES
SKEW SISKIN
DARK AGE
IZEGRIM
UPPERCUT
D.A.M.N
ELEMENT X


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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Interview: Balkandji
Posted by: Matze @ 16:50 CET

Blue Horses has conducted an interview with two members of the bulgarian folkmetal act Balkandji.

Read it here!


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Friday, January 14, 2005

Skyclad News
Posted by: Matze @ 9:14 CET

Kevin Ridley revealed in a recent chat that Skyclad might be touring Europe between March 26 and April 10.
Furthermore Demolition Records will release a Skyclad 6-Track-EP to promote the last two albums and the tour. The EP will probably include two songs from "A Senblance...", two songs from "No Daylights..." and two unreleased songs.


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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Destruction, Rage confirmed for RockHarz Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 8:25 CET

RockHarz Open Air 2005, July 08-09 2005, Osterode/Dorste (Germany)

DESTRUCTION
RAGE
DORO
HOLY MOSES
DARK AGE


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Monday, January 10, 2005

Elvenking confirmed for Dong Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 22:04 CET

Dong Open Air 2005 - "Fear of the Dong", 15.-16. July, Neukirchen-Vluyn near Krefeld

Elvenking
Delirioius


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The Gathering News
Posted by: Matze @ 21:37 CET

First of course Anneke.. She is healthy and fine and will deliver her first child the beginning of february 2005. Everything looks good, and we are all thrilled, of course! We will keep you informed.

René, Frank and Hans build a little studio in the back of the Psychonaut office, and are currently writing new songs. Originally we should start this process of arranging in march 2005, but we had too many ideas, thus we put them on our harddisk before we go on holiday in february.

Marjolein is currently extremely busy with studying, she will join the band rehearsals next week.

Well, we have some pieces of music which work. These pieces are very colourfull.. It is hard to say something about it, things can and will change this year and at the studio recordings, but the guitars are more prominent..
It differs from the Souvenirs material. Guess you already know we love to tear ourself apart, and build up, stone by stone, the new songs. The plan is to record our new album (working title: ‘Your Troubles Are Over‘ ) with Attie Bauw (who worked with us during the ‘How to measure a planet?’ album) around autumn 2005. Release date probably early 2006.

Furthermore, we are currently thinking about recording a DVD this spring.
More info if we have some. Please note we will not tour in 2005, we will only play some gigs for DVD recordings.. We will see. Enough plans..

Cheers!

Brought to you by: Hans.

source: The Gathering newsletter


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Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Skiltron News
Posted by: Matze @ 18:23 CET

Skiltron's EP Gathering the Clans was named the best demo 2004 in Argentinia's popular heavy metal radio show 'Tiempos violentos'.

In other news, Skiltron have confirmed that bassist Fernando Marty joined the band.


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Doro confirmed for RockHarz Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 18:20 CET

RockHarz Open Air 2005, July 08-09 2005, Osterode/Dorste (Germany)

DORO
HOLY MOSES
DARK AGE

While GRAVE DIGGER had the RockHarz listed in their tour dates section last month, that date has now disappeard...


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Sunday, January 2, 2005

CD Review : Munch "Live"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:50 CET

Review by Nebulae Architect.
Read it here.


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Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Year
Posted by: Matze @ 16:36 CET

We at Penny Dreadful hope you all had a great xmas, and we wish you a happy 2005. Thanks for your support in 2004! :D

Cheers!


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Mordred: Early Photos, Demo Recordings Posted Online
Posted by: Matze @ 13:54 CET

Several early pictures and a rare, early demo of the classic Bay Area thrash band MORDRED produced by Doug Piercy (HEATHEN, ANVIL CHORUS, THE COMPANY) have been posted online at the Earth-Dog Lounge. The demo contains songs sung by original vocalist Steve Scates featuring a much different sound to the one that the group later became popular with. The tracks featured on the demo are "Sever & Splice", "Mordred", "To There And Back" and "Spellbound".

source: Blabbermouth.net


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Opeth News
Posted by: Matze @ 13:31 CET

"OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to Australia's HailMetal.com about the group's current search for a new label home and the band's songwriting process, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

HailMetal.com: Recently your label Music for Nations closed down, leaving OPETH stranded. How has the search for a new label been, and any ideas who are the most likely contenders to sign with?

Mikael Åkerfeldt: "We've gotten a wide array of offers, everything from big labels to labels who want us to pay $200 to appear on some obscure compilation tape.

"To be honest, I don't care who we sign to as long as they can do the job right. I concentrate on the music while our management is taking care of the business.

"Right now I think we've gotten 12 serious offers that we're looking through."

HailMetal.com: Last year "Damnation" was released, an obvious change of style from more aggressive metal to pure melodious rock. I'm aware that this is something of a one-off, and that is wasn't an overall change of style for the band. With this in mind, what did you expect to achieve from this album, and how has the response been?

Mikael Åkerfeldt: "It's been good overall. I think most metal dudes accepted this album as they knew we're into '60s and '70s psychedelia and so on. I love the album. I think it's one of our best however different it might be. 'Damnation' has outsold the previous record and I think the reason being that we've reached out to people who are into rock and psychedelia, like PINK FLOYD or whatever. Many people say to me that they've never been into metal, but they love 'Damnation' and got into OPETH through that album. We're bringing some new people into the metal scene!"

HailMetal.com: The DVD also includes a lengthy documentary on the recordings of your last two albums, "Deliverance" and "Damnation". It seems that your producer Steven Wilson played a strong part in those recording sessions, in both creation and production. Will he be contributing as strongly in the next album, or will his role be downplayed?

Mikael Åkerfeldt: "I don't know. I've asked him to help us out again and he said yes. He's going to produce the next album but we're not sure how it's gonna work. His contribution is very 'heat of the moment' as is the entire recording process for us. If he comes up with an idea, we'll try it. That's basically as far as it goes."

Read Mikael Åkerfeldt's entire interview with HailMetal.com at this location."

source: Blabbermouth.net


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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

King's X: Video Footage From The Recording Studio
Posted by: Matze @ 18:13 CET

- Check out this video of Jerry in the studio recording the new album!
- How about Ty tracking a vocal part?
- ...Ty recording some feedback for one of the songs...
- ...and Ty dubbing some guitar parts!

source: http://www.kingsx.net


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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Sentenced new album details
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:42 CET

According to Metal-Rules.com, Finnish metallers SENTENCED revealed the track listing for their as-yet-untitled new album during a recent listening session for members of the media.

The follow-up to 2002's "The Cold White Light" was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, THE 69 EYES) and is scheduled for release in April 2005 via Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. May Today Become the Day (4:00)
02. Ever-frost (4:19)
03. We Are but Falling Leaves (4:28)
04. Her Last 5 Minutes (5:40)
05. Where Waters Fall Frozen (0:56)
06. Despair-ridden Hearts (3:41)
07. Vengeance Is Mine (4:15)
08. A Long Way to Nowhere (3:27)
09. Consider Us Dead (4:51)
10. Lower the Flags (3:34)
11. Drain Me (4:34)
12. Karu (1:04)
13. End of the Road (5:00)

Total running time: 49:53

SENTENCED frontman, Ville Laihiala, recently completed work on the sophomore album from his POISONBLACK side-project, tentatively due in early 2005 through Century Media.

(source metal rules)


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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Gig Review : Blood-junkies - the bar
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:29 CET

Gig report by Ed "pax eternum" Graham
here!


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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Ragnarök Festival
Posted by: Matze @ 8:27 CET

Ragnarök 2, March 12 2005, Hollfeld (Germany)

Circle Of Obscurity
Conspiracy
Eisregen
Equilibrium
Helangar
Manegarm
Menhir
Mortal Intention
Third Moon
XIV Dark Centuries

http://www.metal1.info/ragnaroek/index.php


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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

RockHarz 05: Three bands confirmed
Posted by: Matze @ 8:24 CET

RockHarz Open Air 2005, July 08-09 2005, Osterode/Dorste (Germany)

GRAVE DIGGER
HOLY MOSES
DARK AGE

source: http://openair.rockharz.de - http://www.grave-digger.de


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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The return of Midnight
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:11 CET

Black Lotus Records announced the signing of the legendary CRIMSON GLORY singer, Midnight, who returns after 16 years in the wilderness. The Press Release issued follows:
"Words are not enough to describe his truly unique voice, which has marked the history of recorded music and placed him among the most influential singers of the 1980’s. The years have passed, but Midnight refused to get involved in any musical projects after the amazing CRIMSON GLORY albums… and the silence breaks so he returns to the frontline with his first stunning solo work titled “SAKADA” to be released around April 2005. In his comeback, he is surrounded by new musicians (Phil Anderson/Hammer Dulcimer, Drums, Washboard, other percussion, Scott Gibson/ Electric Guitar, Bass, Mandolin) as well as old friends, like Ben Jackson (the rhythm guitarist of CRIMSON GLORY) and other special guests. Prepare your souls for a unique journey across the desert at night on a camel that has no eyes… riding far away to a lonely paradise…. Midnight is here to stay..."

(source : metalinvader.com)


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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Celtic Frost News
Posted by: Matze @ 15:57 CET

CelticFrost.com forum member Redfish666 had the chance to listen to "about a random third of the music for the new album" in Celtic Frost's rehearsal studio.

You can read about his impressions here.


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Thursday, December 9, 2004

Letzte Instanz announce new bassist
Posted by: Matze @ 9:48 CET

Germany's Letzte Instanz have finally found a new permanent bassist - his name is Michael Ende. There's still no information about a replacement for singer Robin, though.

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PANTERA Guitarist DIMEBAG DARRELL Killed In Ohio Shooting
Posted by: Matze @ 8:36 CET

:(

For details check bmouth:

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=30144

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=30145

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=30146

RIP Dimebag!


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Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Gorefest news
Posted by: Matze @ 8:38 CET

In an interview with http://www.vampire-magazine.com Gorefest guitarist and founding member Frank Harthoorn mentioned that the band's new material is "pretty loud" but has "No blues in there". That's a bit sad imho as I still think Chapter 13 is a masterpiece - anyway the next release is probably an album to look forward to. :D Gorefest are working on five songs right now, there are no demos though and it seems there haven't talked to any record labels - yet.

In related news, Gorfest is the first band confirmed for next year's Dynamo Open Air.


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Monday, December 6, 2004

Equilibrium: mp3 snippets online
Posted by: Matze @ 7:49 CET

German Folk/Vikingmetal act Equilibrium have put up three mp3 clips from their first full-length album. "Turis Fratyr" is scheduled for release in January or early February, 2005.

http://www.equilibrium-metal.de/mp3/Equilibrium_Turis_Fratyr_Widars_Hallen_Sample.mp3
http://www.equilibrium-metal.de/mp3/Equilibrium_Turis_Fratyr_Unter_der_Eiche_Sample.mp3
http://www.equilibrium-metal.de/mp3/Equilibrium_Turis_Fratyr_Tote_Heldensagen_Sample.mp3


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Sunday, December 5, 2004

Porcupine Tree - new album update
Posted by: Matze @ 12:15 CET

Both the stereo and 5.1 mixes of the new Porcupine Tree album are complete and were mastered in New York in November. While work on the artwork and packaging (including a very special limited edition version) is underway, a website dedicated to audio, video and other media relating to the new album will launch in the very near future.

source: http://www.porcupinetree.com


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Saturday, December 4, 2004

CD Review : Angra "Temple of Shadows"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:06 CET

Gilles "Tarswelder" Delévacq has just reviewed the new angra.

Check his impressions here!


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Tristania new album audio samples
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:05 CET

You can find them on the band's site.

here!

(source tristania 's official site).


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Paradise Lost new album tracklist revealed
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:03 CET

PARADISE LOST have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Paradise Lost", due on February 21, 2005 release date through G.U.N. Records. A single, entitled "Grey", will precede the album on February 7, 2005.

"Paradise Lost" — named in celebration of the group's 10th studio album since their full-length debut, "Lost Paradise", was released in 1990 — was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). The follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life" is the group's first to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE).

"Paradise Lost" track listing:

01. Close Your Eyes
02. Grey
03. Red Shift
04. Sun Fading
05. Don't Belong
06. Laws of Cause
07. For All You Leave Behind
08. Accept the Pain
09. Shine
10. Spirit
11. Forever After
12. Over the Madness

The group's world tour in support of the album is expected to kick off in April.

(blabbermouth)


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Candlemass news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:02 CET

Reunited Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have entered Polar studios (ABBA, GENESIS, LED ZEPPELIN) in Stockholm to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 via an as-yet-undetermined label. Read a studio report and check out photos from the recording sessions at Candlemass.net.

CANDLEMASS have just released a compilation CD, entitled "Essential Doom", containing the group's best material plus their newly recorded and previously unreleased song "Witches". The album comes with a bonus DVD featuring video footage of the band's performance at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany in 2003.

As previously reported, CANDLEMASS have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany.



(blabbermouth)


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Vintersorg working on new material.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:00 CET

VINTERSORG mainman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) has issued the following update regarding the group's current activities:

"We're working hard on the new material. The songs feel very artistic, some progressive elements are of course there, but it's taken a more symphonic approach. The recording of the piece will take place next year and we're really looking forward to it. With so many ideas and visions, we feel that we can produce a very good album. I've also written material for a MCD that takes a look back to the past, while remaining innovative and inspiring. We plan to to record it in 2005 as well."

With regard to his FISSION project, in which he is joined by VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund, Hedlund said, "In the FISSION camp everything is great. We have four songs for the next album and are now fine-tuning our sound. So be prepared for a very energetic and thrashy album, where melody is still present. It will have some very haunting moments as well."
(source : blabbermouth)


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TCD video studio report
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:00 CET

A brand new video from the recording sessions for THE CLAN DESTINED's first official demo has been posted online at .

THE CLAN DESTINED is the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL). Joining Walkyier and Iscariah in the new formation are Lee Cassidy (guitar), Kara Sutra (vocals), Emily Dolan Davies (drums), and Tony Wildwood (guitar).

As previously reported, this very limited-edition release, which will be made available solely via the group's official homepage, will contain the following cuts:

01. Swinging Like Judas
02. More Than War
03. I Am Because We Are!
04. We’re Wolves
05. A Beautiful Start To The End Of The World
06. T.C. Lethbridge (JULIAN COPE cover)

(thanks to evenstar from the board and blabbermouth).


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Monday, November 22, 2004

Gig Review : Nightwish in Paris
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:20 CET

Review of a disappointing gig here

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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Elane confirmed for Burgfolk Festival 05
Posted by: Matze @ 11:11 CET

Burgfolk Festival 2005, 23.07.2005, Mülheim/Ruhr

44 Leningrad
Cromdale
Faun
Fiddler's Green
Potentia Anime
Elane
Corvus Corax


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Dong Open Air 05
Posted by: Matze @ 11:01 CET

Dong Open Air 2005 - "Fear of the Dong"
15.-16. July
Neukirchen-Vluyn near Krefeld

So far there's just one band confirmed: Delirious. Anyway it's rumored that the Dong crew is in negotiations with some *very interesting bands* so watch this space! :)

"Underground bands" who are interesting in playing at the D:O:A '05 see here for further informations.


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Friday, November 19, 2004

CD Review : Within Temptation "The silent force"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:16 CET

My review of the latest Within Temptation album is up so why don't you just head here?

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Dark Tranquility "character" tracklist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:45 CET

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have revealed the track listing and artwork for their new album, "Character", due in Europe on January 24 and North America on January 25 via Century Media Records. The band recently released an EP, entitled "Lost to Apathy", as a teaser for the upcoming full-length. It includes four songs, a video-clip (for the title track) and a screensaver.

"Character" track listing:

01. The New Build
02. Through Smudged Lenses
03. Out of Nothing
04. The Endless Feed
05. Lost to Apathy
06. Mind Matters
07. One Thought
08. Dry Run
09. Am I 1?
10. Senses Tied
11. My Negation

(source : blabbermouth)


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Fishbone News
Posted by: Matze @ 8:45 CET

Fishbone (line-up: Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher, Rocky George (ex-Suicidal Tendencies), John Steward, Tory Ruffin, D'Andre Gipson and Andre Holmes) are currently in the studio recording their new album.
A new song, "Date Rape" will be included on an upcoming Sublime tribute album.

Furthermore, a DVD featuring Fishbone entitled "High Times Presents: Cannabis Cup, Live in Amsterdam" is due to be released in January.

Fishbone Tour Dates December '04:

02 @ Lee's Palace - Toronto (Ontario - Canada) -confirmed-
03 @ Barrymore's - Ottawa (Ontario - Canada) -confirmed-
07 @ The Middle East Club - Cambridge (Massachusetts - USA) -confirmed-
08 @ Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park (New Jersey - USA) -confirmed-
09 @ Lion's Den - New York (New York - USA)

source: http://www.fishbone.net http://www.fishbonelive.org


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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Lacuna Coil to enter studio
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:03 CET

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

(source : blabbermouth)


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Gig Review : Therion+Tristania in Paris -15/11/04
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:01 CET

Review here!

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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Equilibrium: new album delayed
Posted by: Matze @ 9:27 CET

Equilibrium's first full length album "Turis Fratyr" will be released on february 1st 2005.

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Einherjer former members in a new band
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:15 CET

EINHERJER members Frode Glesnes (a.k.a. Grimar, vocals/guitar), Aksel Herløe (guitar) and Gerhard Storesund (a.k.a. Vivar, drums) have announced the formation of a new band entitled BATTERED. Joining them is bassist Ole Moldesæther.

Often cited as the leading "viking metal" act, Haugesund-based EINHERJER released several albums and EPs (1994's "Aurora Borealis" EP, 1995's "Leve Vikingånden", 1996's "Dragons of the North", 1997's "Far Far North" EP, 1998's "Odin Owns Ye All", 2000's "Norwegian Native Art" and 2003's "Blot") before folding in May of 2004.

(source : blabbermouth)


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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Candlemass Re-reunite
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:03 CET

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have reconsidered their decision to split up and are headed into the studio to record a new album, tentatively due next summer. The band — vocalist Messiah Marcolin, bassist/founder Leif Edling, guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh — are scheduled to begin recording the album at Stockholm's Polar studios on November 26 and mix the effort in January — just in time for their 20-year anniversary.

Commented Leif: "I had a bunch of pretty cool songs, talked to Mappe quite a lot during the summer and we both agreed it would be stupid not to do anything with it. At Mappe's wedding in August we all went up on a small stage and performed 'Samarithan' and 'Solitude' with pink guitars plus a really shitty sound. We were all absolutely drunk and we had suits and everything on us, but it was great fun!! I think it was that occasion that made us reconsider.

"Shortly after, I started to roughly demo some new tracks. I think I like did five tracks in a couple of weeks with a friend helping out. Then we had a meeting and decided to resurrect CANDLEMASS, book the studio, and send out a three-song demo to the record companies a.s.a.p. So we recorded 'Black Dwarf' and 'Spellbreaker' and put 'Witches' from the previous demo on it and I think the demo is on the way to the labels right now actually.

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

As previously reported, GMR Music has set a November 22 release date for CANDLEMASS' "Essential Doom" CD, a collection of the group's best material plus their newly recorded and previously unreleased song "Witches". The album will come with a bonus DVD featuring video footage of the band's performance at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany in 2003.

(source : blabbermouth)


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CD Review : Chris Caffery : "faces/god damn war"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:22 CET

New review by duke dubeau.
Read it here!


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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Satan @ Keep-It-True Festival?
Posted by: Matze @ 18:04 CET

"Reunited British heavy metal legends SATAN, AGENT STEEL and TORCH are among the bands confirmed for Keep It True IV festival, set to be held April 2, 2005 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany. The compelte list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows:

AGENT STEEL (USA)
SATAN (UK)
DEADLY BLESSING (USA)
MAJESTY (GER)
OVERLORDE (USA)
TORCH (SWE)
THUNDER RIDER (CAN)
PARAGON (GER)
VORTEX (NL)

A warm-up show featuring the Ducth metal act MARTYR will take place on April 1.

Tickets for Keep It True IV can already be ordered at bestellung@keep-it-true.de for 15 euros plus postage. You can also get them at www.hellionrecords.de and www.elses-metal-mail-order.com. For the same price you can also get DVDs of Keep It True I and II, each containing four hours of "pure metal.""

source: blabbermouth.net


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Burgfolk Festival 2005
Posted by: Matze @ 8:43 CET

Burgfolk Festival 2005, 23.07.2005, Mülheim/Ruhr

44 Leningrad
Cromdale
Faun
Fiddler's Green
Potentia Anime


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Jon Oliva's Pain: Greece Tour
Posted by: Matze @ 7:35 CET

Jon Oliva's Pain will tour in Greece in December:

"Ticket and venue information for the Christmas Greek run, December 18-20, is detailed below. Wheelrunner (our greek legion friends) are scheduled to open the show. There is a possibility of a second support act. That will be confirmed soon.

It is important to note that the all-acoustic show (Dec 20) will a completely different performance from the (2) electric shows. Fans can expect to hear most of the new album, 'Tage Mahal, as well as feast of old-school Savatage. Expect lot's of surprises!

For those people that are traveling from the US and Europe, the promoter has been kind enough to allow you to reserve your tickets by emailing him at this address harry_katinakis@hotmail.com

We strongly suggest that you do not show up in Greece without a ticket...you may be left standing outside with the others!


Dates/Venues/Ticket prices

Saturday 18 December 2004 - Thessaloniki - venue: Hydrogios - Ticket price: 25 Euro (including taxes, etc).

Sunday 19 December 2004 - Athens - venue: Rodon Live! - Ticket price: 25 Euro (including taxes, etc).

Monday 20 December 2004 - Athens - venue: AN club (for the special acoustic show) - Ticket price: 18 Euro . THERE ARE ONLY 600 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW!

'Tage Mahal was released in Europe and the UK on October 25th. A US release date is scheduled for early 2005."

source: www.jonoliva.net Newsletter


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Flogging Molly News
Posted by: Matze @ 7:29 CET

...from the FM Newsletter:

"We're finishing up the SideOneDummy/Punk Voter tour right now and will be heading to Europe at the beginning of November for a month of shows there! If you're on that side of the pond, please check out the website (www.floggingmolly.com) for tour dates.

We wanted to let you know that the brand new video for "Seven Deadly Sins" (from our new album, "Within A Mile Of Home") is up and running at Launch. Check it out here: http://launch.yahoo.com/artist/default.asp?artistID=1043663

You can also download an MP3 of "Seven Deadly Sins" at MTV.com here: http://www.mtv.com/music/downloads/

We've also been confirmed for a special interview and performance with XM Radio's FUNGUS 53 as part of the "You're Not Invited" concert series! We'll be playing songs from the new album along with some of your old faves as well as chatting with Fungus 53's Lou Brutus. We're also going to be performing an FM styled take on the "You're Not Invited" theme song. The interview and performance will be broadcast Monday, October 25th at 8 PM EST, Wednesday, October 27th at 3 PM EST and Friday night, October 29th at 12 Midnight EST.

Thanks for the support and for coming out to see us the last couple of months on the road. If you haven't yet, don't forget to go out and pick up our new CD, "Within A Mile Of Home"!

Slainte!"


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Krabathor
Posted by: Matze @ 7:27 CET

The legendary Czech Death Metal stars KRABATHOR are celebrating 20 years of their existence this year. So the label Lava Productions will produce 2CD pack that will include all 5 demo tapes recorded in the past eighties and early nineties. KRABATHOR has a creative pause now and the leader of the band Christopher (guitar, vocals) lives in the USA and Czech Republic alternately and starts to prepare the songs for the new album...

Info: www.krabathor.tk, www.pure-death.wz.cz


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Saturday, November 6, 2004

RIP Robert Heaton
Posted by: Pax @ 5:41 CET

Rest in Peace, Robert Heaton, drummer and songwriter for New Model Army. One of the best musicians out there, gone to walk the long road...

From www.newmodelarmy.org

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden and unexpected death of Robert Heaton on Thursday November 4th. A multi-talented instrumentalist and song-writer, Robert joined the band in 1982 and for the next fifteen years co-wrote many of the band’s greatest songs, including being responsible for all the music to the anthem “Green & Grey”. A consummate professional when it came to recording and performing, in public Robert was the powerhouse behind the rhythm driven sound of New Model Army. In the media and in private, he was always the perfect gentleman.

Robert left NMA in 1998 having recovered from surgery to remove a brain tumour and since then has worked tirelessly to promote live music and original talent in his home town of Bradford in Yorkshire. His latest project, Fresh Milk, is such a scheme, encouraging young bands playing wholly original music, onto the live circuit by producing low cost, high quality, live recordings for them. He had also been working composing film scores for independent films as well as working on his own new material under the guise of Gardeners of Eden.

A post mortem has determined that Robert had been suffering with pancreatic cancer and it was almost certainly this that was the cause of his sudden and unexpected death.

Robert’s passing will be mourned by family, friends and fans around the world. He leaves a wife, Robin, and young son, Marlon.


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Friday, November 5, 2004

TCD audio sample
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:43 CET

THE CLAN DESTINED, the new project featuring vocalist Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD, SABBAT) and bassist Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL), have posted an audio sample of a new demo track, entitled "I Am Because We Are!", at their official web site. Download it at this location.

As previously reported, this very limited-edition release, which will be made available solely via the group's official homepage, will contain the following cuts:

01. Swinging Like Judas
02. More Than War
03. I Am Because We Are!
04. We’re Wolves
05. A Beautiful Start To The End Of The World
06. T.C. Lethbridge (JULIAN COPE cover)

With regards to the band's sound, Walkyier had previously said in a posting on the band's web site: "'Will it be folk or black metal?' I hear you cry. The answer at present is neither, and yet our sound will perhaps eventually incorporate some slight elements of both? Who knows as yet? The initial secret we believe is to first write you all some great songs, and to create something brand-new. How we should finally mix and produce them is something we'll leave open to discussion on the [THE CLAN DESTINED] forum."

Joining Walkyier and Iscariah in the new formation are Lee Cassidy (guitar), Kara Sutra (vocals), Emily Dolan Davies (drums), and Tony Wildwood (guitar). The band's upcoming demo "will eventually become the culmination of several years painstaking lyric-writing and musical composition," according to a press release. "THE CLAN DESTINED has at this moment neither management or record-company backing — preferring to rely entirely on the support of our many loyal fans and friends until an efficient and trustworthy (!) manager and label present themselves."

source: blabbermouth.net


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Dead Can Dance reunite for a tour!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:16 CET

Unbelievable but true.
check www.deadcandance.com for the details!


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Kari Rueslatten news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:15 CET

Former THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL "goddess of beauty" Kari Rueslåtten (presently known simply as Kari) will release her fourth solo album, "Other People's Stories", in January via GMR/Peach Music. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Other People's Stories
02. Sorrow To My Door
03. Cry
04. Dogstar
05. When Lilies Bloom On Winter Days
06. Push
07. Ride
08. Fishing
09. Carved In Stone
10. Life
11. Orlando

As previously reported, the follow-up to 2002's "Pilot" is said to be "filled with [Kari's] best songs to date as well as wonderfully produced." A live video was recently shot for the album's title track.

With regards to the album's title, Kari had previously stated, "The idea behind this title is that all the songs tell somebody's story, but their story could also be my own. People make choices that sometimes is beyond our understanding. But if we were to be in their position we might have done exactly the same."

(source : blabbermouth)


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Tarja Turunen solo album news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:14 CET

NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen's upcoming solo single will be called "Yhden Enkelin Unelma" ("One Angel's Dream"). It will include two Christmas traditional Finnish songs with the production of Esa Nieminen at Finnvox studios:

01. En Etsi Valtaa, Loistoa (Melody: Jean Sibelius / Lyrics: Z. Topelius; translator unknown)
02. Kun Joulu On (Melody: Otto Kotilainen / Lyrics: Alpo Noponen)

As previously reported, Turunen recently completed a video shoot for her collaboration with German "Star Search" winner Martin Kesici on his song "Leaving You for Me", which is due to appear on Kesici's second album. The "Leaving You for Me" single is scheduled for release on January 31, 2005 and will include the promotional video for the song.

(source : blabbermouth)


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Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Elane's first video
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:17 CET

Elane has just done their first video clip.
Enjoy!

Elane's first video


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Sunday, October 31, 2004

NORTHER Singer Named Permanent Member Of ENSIFERUM
Posted by: Matze @ 16:41 CET

NORTHER's Petri Lindroos has been named a permanent member of the Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM. Lindroos will handle the vocals and guitar in the group, who parted ways with singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää earlier in the year.

ENSIFERUM's sophomore album, "Iron", was released last spring through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum" was recorded last summer at Sweet Silence studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, ARTILLERY).

source: Blabbermouth.net


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DANZIG to Team Up With DOYLE For Two Shows In December
Posted by: Matze @ 16:37 CET

DANZIG will be teaming up with DOYLE (featuring ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle) for two shows in December. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Dec. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Casino)
Dec. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre

Glenn Danzig and Doyle are expected to perform a special MISFITS set at the shows, which will mark their first joint appearance in 20 years. "It's the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion anyone is ever going to see!" Danzig had previously said.

In other news, DANZIG's latest album, "Circle of Snakes" has just been released in Europe on limited-edition 12-inch vinyl and picture disc via Evilive/Regain Records. Also, the DANZIG "Archive De La Morte" DVD has been released in Europe by Evilive/Regain and features a bonus live track of "Left Hand Black". View photos of the releases at this location.

Glenn Danzig will enter the studio in November to start recording his "Black Aria 2" project, the material for which has apparently been written for five years.

source: Blabbermouth.net


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THIN LIZZY: U.K./Irish Tour Dates Announced
Posted by: Matze @ 16:36 CET

THIN LIZZY have lined up the following European dates during February:

Feb. 01 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Academy
Feb. 03 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester University
Feb. 05 - Sheffield, UK @ Octagon
Feb. 06 - Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy
Feb. 07 - Bristol, UK @ Carling Academy
Feb. 08 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Feb. 10 - Waterford, IRE @ Forum
Feb. 11 - Castlebar, IRE @ Royal Theatre
Feb. 12 - Killarney, IRE @ Gleaneagle Hotel
Feb. 13 - Cork, IRE @ Everyman Palace
Feb. 15 - Dublin, IRE @ Vicar Street
Feb. 17 - Belfast, IRE @ Waterfront
Feb. 18 - Galway, IRE @ Leisureland
Feb. 19 - Limerick, IRE @ University Concert Hall

source: Blabbermouth.net


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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: New Studio CD To Come Out After 'Return To Venice' Compilation
Posted by: Matze @ 16:35 CET

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have issued the following statement in an effort to clear up possible misunderstandings with regards to their new studio album:

"'Return to Venice' will be released before the real new SUICIDAL TENDENCIES album. Because of [singer] Mike Muir's back status, the band decided to release the compilation first. Obviously this album will have different artwork than the 'new-cover-photo-idea', which has just been sent out to the guy who's gonna finalize the cover concept. Also, 'Return to Venice' will feature a compilation of bands attached to Suicidal Records and/or Venice and will contain no re-recordings of the classic 1985 'Welcome To Venice'."

source: Blabbermouth.net


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Friday, October 29, 2004

CD Review: Skiltron - Gathering The Clans
Posted by: Matze @ 17:00 CET

CD Review: Skiltron - Gathering The Clans.

Great. Folk. Metal. :D


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Sentenced to enter studio next week
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:36 CET

Finnish metallers SENTENCED will enter the studio next week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, THE 69 EYES) to record their as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due in April 2005 via Century Media Records. 14 songs have been composed for the effort, the recordings for which are expected to be completed by Christmas.

SENTENCED's last studio album, "The Cold White Light", was released in 2002. The group's frontman, Ville Laihiala, recently completed work on the sophomore album from his POISONBLACK side-project, tentatively due in erly 2005 through Century Media.

(source blabbermouth)


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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Korpiklaani: Snippet-Mix from "Voice of Wilderness" available for download
Posted by: Matze @ 19:00 CET

... here:

http://personal.inet.fi/koti/hittavainen/klaani/Korpiklaani_voice_of_wilderness_album_sample.mp3


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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Accept reunite, headline Rock Hard Festival 05
Posted by: Matze @ 22:36 CET

After three years of hard work :D Rock Hard managed to get ACCEPT to reunite for a headliner gig at the ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2005! Other bands confirmed include Children Of Bodom, Overkill, Amon Amarth, The Haunted, Masterplan, Unleashed, Ensiferum and Heaven Shall Burn.

The Open Air is set to take place on 13.-15. may 2005 at the Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen.

For further information check the festival website http://www.rockhardfestival.de


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NMA's 51st State to be featured in a children's karaoke machine?
Posted by: Matze @ 16:12 CET

According to BBC/Black Country, Justin Sullivan recently announced that New Model Army's '51st State' has been requested for a children's karaoke machine.

See here for details.


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Annihilator's Jeff Waters knows how to get attention :D
Posted by: Matze @ 8:42 CET

ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters has posted several audio clips backing up his claim that he is the fastest/tightest-picking guitarist in the world. Check out the clips at this location.

Commented Waters: "I was sitting here yesterday thinking of how I could stir up a bit of poop in the good ole USA; we don't get any coverage there, remember, and our 10th studio CD 'All For You' is due out today in the USA on The End Records. So i figured I would make up a silly statement like that (fastest/tightest picking guitarist in the world!), well-hidden in my answers to some fan questions, but knowing, very well, that my two favorite metal web sites would immediately seize that one short sentence and headline it! hehe! They did.

"Now thousands of USA metal kids are all talking about me; most not very nicely, but talking all the same! Funny thing how quick people immediately respond 'no he ain't' and they either haven't heard me before OR have only heard the 'All For You' clip OR have only heard 'Alice'/'Neverland'!

"And by the way, I couldn't care less about who can play fast... all you fans here know that this is the furthest thing from my mind. But I am the fastest, if you factor in tightest picking; they just don't know it so they react aggresively! Pretty interesting human nature. I think I will still run with that statement because it is getting us a lot of talk in the USA right now and, more importantly, I can also back it up!"

source: Blabbermouth.net


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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

RIP John Peel
Posted by: Matze @ 16:03 CET

Jaxtraw just sent in the following message:

The British Radio 1 DJ John Peel died today and, like many British music lovers, I am in shock and deeply saddened. I'm not qualified enough to write an obituary for this great man, so all I can do is express my sadness and condolences to his family.

John Peel was 65 when he died suddenly in Peru from a heart attack. He had become an institution, a hugely respected man for his tireless work promoting and nuturing talented young artists and bands and helping them to get heard through the wall of noise produced by the commercial mainstream. Just about every band you've heard of, from the 70s onwards did a "Peel Session" and many of these are classics.

Perhaps his most daring move was his decision to champion Punk back in the days when it was seen as a terrifying revolution, and this on his show on the conservative BBC. He supported reggae before that was commercial, and ska, and all manner of alternative and sometimes downright weird minority music.

He created a platform for music to get heard that never would otherwise.

John Peel's contribution to music was immeasurable, and the world is today a poorer place.


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Monday, October 25, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:28 CET

With 7 new tracks.

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Sunday, October 24, 2004

CD Review : Various Artists "Lightwaves"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:01 CET

Here's the kalinkaland records's heavenly/gothic/dark folk compilation
Read my review here!


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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

GOREFEST Reform, Begin Work On New Material
Posted by: Matze @ 17:52 CET

Veteran Dutch metallers GOREFEST have reunited and are currently writing material for a new album. "They have rehearsed a few times now the first day they played a few old songs but the second day they already started to write new songs!" reads a posting on the group's official web site, Gorefest.nl. "Three songs are already recorded and the guys are listening to them at home and playing around with them. [Bassist/vocalist Jan-Chris de Koeijer] said that at least one of the new songs is faster than everything they ever did. He assures us that the next record will be a hard and dark album, and he means very hard! When we will see this new album.... well, no hurries. In October they are going into the studio again to record some more but they don't follow deadlines anymore. They do it when they want to and don't want to feel that pressure anymore."

GOREFEST released several CDs through the Nuclear Blast label in the early 1990s before switching to SPV for their last album, 1998's "Chapter 13".

source: blabbermouth.net


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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

CD Review : Elane : "The Fire of Glenvore"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:40 CET

The second release from Elane is reviewed on penny first, of course!
Review can be read here!


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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Live Review: Blood-Junkies
Posted by: Pax @ 8:16 CET

After much absence, the Ed returns with a review:

Live Review: The Blood-Junkies


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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Gig Review : Ultreia - Museum of middle age - Paris
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:43 CET

Review can be read here :
Ultreia's gig


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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Levellers news
Posted by: Matze @ 11:45 CET

FLYERING FOR TICKETS
Two free tickets are available for flyering in your area in record shops, bars cafes, etc for the winter acoustic tour. If you live in one of the areas the band are playing on the tour and fancy it then email otf@levellers.co.uk to apply.

LEVELLERS ACOUSTIC
Touring to some of the most beautiful theatres in the country this autumn with support from Dan Donnelly. Barnstaple has almost sold out already. Be the first to hear new songs – the band will be recording in the studio during October.

Tues 23 Nov Queens Theatre, Burslem, Stoke on Trent 08700 600 100 / www.seetickets.com
Wed 24 Nov Oakengates Theatre, Telford 01952 619020 / www.oakengates.ws
Thurs 25 Nov Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe 01394 282126 / www.getlive.co.uk
Fri 26 Nov Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 0870 6077 533 / www.getlive.co.uk
Sun 28 Nov Lighthouse Poole 01202 685222 / www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Mon 29 Nov Grand Opera House, York 0870 606 3595 / www.getlive.co.uk
Tues 30 Nov White Rock Theatre, Hastings 0870 169 0108 / www.getlive.co.uk
Wed 1 Dec Queens Theatre Barnstaple 01271 324242 / www.northdevontheatres.org.uk
Thurs 2 Dec Assembly Halls, Edinburgh 0131 2281155 www.usherhall.co.uk / www.seetickets.com
Fri 3 Dec Tameside Hippodrome, Aston-Under-Lyme (nr Manchester) 0161 308 3223 / www.getlive.co.uk


LEVELLERS ELECTRIC
On New Years Eve the band will play at the Highland Gathering (See www.highland-gathering.com for further details and updates on the line-up) followed by a handful of special intimate club dates early in 2005.

ON THE FIDDLE
If you join On The Fiddle, the Levellers fan club, you will receive a DVD with 4 videos from past Levellers singles, Levellers footage from the last year, Beautiful Days 2003 footage and more. Magazine #22, which will include lots of Beautiful Days Festival 2004 Pictures, questions from you lot answered by the band, and a cartoon drawn by Jeremy Leveller.
The magazine & DVD will be sent out in November.
You will also receive a membership card, a biography, (also a CD Rom featuring 5 acoustic tracks if you join in October) and approximately 15% discount on Levellers merchandise.
Best of all you will be the first to be offered tickets for Beautiful Days 2005 and you will get a members discount.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

NEW MERCHANDISE
Don't forget to keep checking the brand new section of our merchandise for new items.
You can now order last years OTF freebie 'Waking The world' on DVD!

METWAY STUDIOS
The Metway Recording Studios is the home of the Levellers. We are equipped to a high professional standard and our engineers have worked with top bands, including the Levellers (who have recorded a number one and two gold albums here) Asian Dub Foundation, Joe Strummer, The Electric Soft Parade, Clearlake, Gary Moore and Orbital to name but a few.
Go onto our website for further details.
VISIT www.metwaystudios.co.uk for more details or contact lois@levellers.co.uk

LEVELLERS, P.O Box 2600, Brighton, BN2 0DX
PHONE 01273 608887 or Fax 01273 624884
EMAIL: otf@levellers.co.uk
WEB www.levellers.co.uk

source: Levellers Newsletter


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Flogging Molly
Posted by: Matze @ 8:56 CET

Just surfed over to MTV.com to look for the new Megadeth video... well, in the download section I've noticed something very interesting: Flogging Molly's The Seven Deadly Sins is on the first place of the Rock Downloads list. No idea if that's a ranking or if they are the latest addition, anyway it's great to see a brilliant band like FM at MTV's website. :)

Btw, check http://www.floggingmolly.com for several clips from the new album "Within a Mile of Home" and the latest tour dates (they're touring the US right now, Europe in Noveber).


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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Dark Tranquility "Character" in january
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:29 CET

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have set "Character" as the title of their new full-length album, due on January 24 in Europe and January 25 in North America. An EP, entitled "Lost To Apathy", will precede the album on November 15. Both releases will surface through Century Media Records, who recently signed the band to a brand-new three-album deal.

Commented Leif Jensen of Century Media's European A&R department: "DARK TRANQUILLITY are the originators and innovators of the melodic death metal style and a total favourite band for Century Media's staff, so we are all extremely proud about the professional and very successful co-operation we managed to have with the band so far! And this is only the beginning because the band has signed a new worldwide contract with Century Media and we are looking forward to break new ground for them with their outstanding next album 'Character'. This one won't leave you unimpressed...watch out!"

The band added: "We are exceptionally satisfied to announce that we've chosen to continue our cooperation with Century Media for another three albums. After lengthy negotiations with several prolific labels, the dotted line was finally signed and we have full confidence that we've made the right choice and that there are some excellent years ahead — both for us and for Century Media. As some of you know, the new CD is already recorded and mixed, and the response for the live previews of the song 'One Thought' has been truly great throughout the summer festivals, so we're eagerly anticipating the release of the album."

DARK TRANQUILLITY will be supporting thrash metal icons KREATOR all over Europe on the lengthy "Enemy Of God" tour beginning on February 2. Two additional support acts will be announced soon. Prior to the KREATOR tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY will play a special Metal Hammer-sponsored U.K. one-off gig with labelmates ARCH ENEMY and THE HAUNTED on December 17 at the Forum in London.





source : blabbermouth.


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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Working On New Album
Posted by: Matze @ 18:32 CET

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are currently working on a new project called "Return to Venice", according to a posting on the group's web site. No further information is currently available.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' last full-length album, "Free Your Soul . . . And Save My Mind", was released in 2000.

source: Blabbermouth.net


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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Elane's new album in november
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:49 CET

Elane's new album will be released on the 5th november on kalinkaland records.

(source: elane)


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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Within Temptations new album details
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:30 CET

Holland's WITHIN TEMPTATION made their U.K. live debut Wednesday night (Sept. 29) at The Scala in London. A full report and photos can be found at RockersDigest.com.

The band, who only released their "Mother Earth" album earlier this month in the U.K., previewed four tracks from forthcoming album, "The Silent Force", which will be released in three formats: a limited digibook version with a DVD bonus, a regular jewel case version, and a version without the booklet, at a special price.

WITHIN TEMPTATION will introduce their new album with a special performace at Le Batlaclan in Paris, France on November 8, 2004. This show will be filmed and will be broadcasted live in several theatres all around Europe.

(source blabbermouth)


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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Louisa John Krol recording her 5th album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:44 CET

Louisa is recording her 5th album with Brett Taylor & Harry Williamson. Guest artists include Jenni Heinrich & Bronwyn Lloyd,Belgian harpist Keltia and German experimentalist Mathias Grassow. She recently recorded guest vocals for gothic/darkwave band Ikonand Stella Maris / Das Zeichen and began working with Sydney ambient artist Ashera. Her recital of Saaroth’s poetry appears on his newly released album:“Asphodele” by Legousia Hybrida on his new label Ekishnugal. Production on albums with Daemonia Nymphe, Gor, Stoa and Oophoi continues.

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Ataraxia's vittorio vandelli to do solo project based on S.T.Coleridge
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:39 CET

Vittorio Vandelli
' A Day of warm Rain in Heaven '

"Alone, alone on a wide wide sea ! and never a saint
took pity on my soul in agony.
I looked to heaven and tried to pray but or even a prayer had gusht,
a wicked whisper came and made my heart as dry as dust.
Since then, at an uncertain hour, that agony returns and till
my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns."
S.T. Coleridge

CD digipack available from September 20th 2004 by Equilibrium Music - Portugal
Vittorio Vandelli's first soloist album, 'A Day of warm Rain in Heaven', transposes
into music the romantic opus of S.T. Coleridge, 'The rhyme of the ancient mariner',
an odissey through sin, death and re-birth until the achievement of wisdom.
The trip of the protagonist reflects Vittorio's existential experience, a spiritual
experience that each of us could be called to live. The ability to sublimate all of this
into music seems to be the only way to fight the tempest and survive the storming
sea. Ambient tunes alternate with timeless ballads; short industrial moments
precede ethereal compositions; soft-electronic episodes follow hypnotic lullabies
and atmospheric airs introduce moving sonatas in his unique style.
Vittorio felt the urge to follow the creative processus from the beginning to the end
starting from the musical idea, passing through execution and finally reaching
recording and mixing. This album features Francesca Nicoli on vocals who has
been able to confer even more pathos and strenght to the music. Her vocal work is
the result of a sudden enlightenment after the very first listening of the tracks.



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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Lacuna coil in studio early next year
Posted by: Stéphane @ 7:06 CET

LACUNA COIL frontwoman Cristina Scabbia and guitarist Cristiano Migliore have spoken to Billboard.com about their burgeoning success in the wake of the group's appearance at this year's Ozzfest festival. The group's latest Century Media album, "Comalies" (2002), has sold 147,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the label's first release to break the 100,000 barrier.

"We're really proud to be considered a breakout band, but I'm really scared about those names, because it's kind of like a bad luck thing," Scabbia told Billboard.com. "We try not to think about it. We're really easy-going people, so we don't want to act like rock stars, stuff like that. [We] just want to be satisfied with our music, we just want to enjoy what we do."

Migliore says the band's post-Ozzfest plans include a return to Milan and some time off before beginning a new album. "We'll start working on the new stuff and hopefully we'll start [recording] in January or February so the album can be out by May," he says.


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Saturday, September 11, 2004

CD Review : Tangerine Dream "phaedra"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:00 CET

Review by nebulae architect
check it here!


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Thursday, September 9, 2004

Korpiklaani: new album [updated]
Posted by: Matze @ 9:14 CET

Korpiklaani - incl. new guitarist Cane - have started recording their second album "Voice Of Wilderness" in early August at Fantom studios in Tampere (Fin) with producer/recording engineer Samu Oittinen. As of today most of the recordings seem to be complete with just a few "details" left to do.

Known song titles are:

* Old tale
* Journey man
* Hunting song
* Native land
* Kädet siipinä / Hands as the wings
* Cottages & Saunas
* Beer song
* Spirit of the forest
* Pine woods
* Fields in flames
* Ryyppäjäiset / Drunkparty


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Saturday, September 4, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:48 CET

Check radioactivy board.

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CD Review : Philip Glass "Glassworks"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:25 CET

Minimalist neoclassical composer's art's review can be read here...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Flogging Molly: new album
Posted by: Matze @ 23:17 CET

"Within a Mile of Home", Flogging Molly's highly anticipated full-length follow-up to 2002's "Drunken Lullabies", will hit the stores on September 14.

Flogging Molly continue to breed traditional Irish influences and heavy-hearted storytelling with brazen, barn-burning punk rock. At the same time, the ballads that have become welcome staples to their live show (giving the audience a break from the frenzy) are also stronger than ever. Look for a couple surprises this time around, such as a Cajun vibe on "Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon", and a guest appearance by Lucinda Williams on "Factory Girls".


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Friday, August 27, 2004

Tristania names new album!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:59 CET

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have set "Ashes" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "World of Glass" was recorded at Toproom studios in Oslo with producer Børge Finstad and will feature artwork by Christian Ruud. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Gate", "The Cure", "Libre", "The Wretched", "Equilibrium" and "Shadowman". A comprehensive studio report and a description of the album by the band is available at this location.

In other news, TRISTANIA are currently preparing for their upcoming European tour with THERION and TRAIL OF TEARS. "It will be great to go out on the road again, and present you some of the new material," TRISTANIA write on their web site. "A couple of weeks ago, we did our first show after a long break from touring while we have worked on the new album — on the M'era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany (setlist). It was a good concert, and the audience also seemed to enjoy the 2 new songs we did. It was great for us to finally begin with the live part again. The upcoming tour will be quite long, I believe 30 shows in 31 days. We're looking forward to it!"

Source : blabbermouth.net


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The Clandestined's announcement
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:52 CET

Official Press Release from www.theclandestined.com

The Clan Has Landed!

Once upon a sweltering week in early August 2004, whilst the pavements of Central London lay gently melting beneath the Martian heat-ray of global-warming; Six extremely moist, yet undaunted minstrels did gather within the steamy confines of a practically airtight rehearsal studio. And from out this broiling cauldron, filled with sound and fury, something truly magikal was born. Over four years of careful planning & preparation, all focussed towards this most singular & destined meeting.

It is with an enormous sense of pride that The Clan Destined is finally able to announce the line-up which we’ve assembled in order to spearhead our initial musical offensive. Pictured here from left to right; Lee Cassidy - guitar, Kara Sutra - vocals, Emily Dolan Davies - drums, Martin Walkyier - vocals, Tony Wildwood - guitar and Iscariah - bass guitar. This dedicated team of musicians is currently working very hard to complete the debut, self-financed TCD demo-recordings, which will eventually become the culmination of several years painstaking lyric-writing and musical composition. The Clan Destined has at this moment neither management or record-company backing - Preferring to rely entirely on the support of our many loyal fans and friends until an efficient and trustworthy (!) manager and label present themselves.

The Clan Destined is intended to be something completely fresh and unique from the very outset. In a world obsessed with faiths and colours, trends and genres; We each desire this TCD project to become a united collective which both transcends the current boundaries and sets a whole new bench-mark within the extreme music scene. In our considered opinions there is no real purpose whatsoever in trying to copy that which has already been done before. The current objective being to create something entirely new & ground-breaking at all costs. Exactly how long this takes to achieve will depend solely upon how much help we receive from you good people out there. We simply cannot do this without your involvement. So if you want to become part of something truly special, then the time has now come to climb aboard. I Am Because We Are!

Martin Walkyier on behalf of TCD www.theclandestined.com



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Monday, August 23, 2004

Skyclad confirmed for 34.000 Ton Metal-Cruise
Posted by: Matze @ 9:10 CET

Skyclad have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Magazine's "34.000 Ton Metal-Cruise", set to take place on September 24-25 on board of Silja Line's third generation car ferry "Silja Festival".

Complete line-up: Skyclad, Hypocrisy, Tankard, Amon Amarth, Wolf and Tad Morose.

For booking information contact Silja Line at tel. (Sweden-) 08 - 22 21 40 (productcode "Metal").

source: http://www.swedenrockmagazine.com/


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TCD News
Posted by: Matze @ 9:07 CET

The current line-up of Martin Walkyier's new project The Clan Destinded is as follows:

Martin Walkyier - Vocals, etc
Kara Sultan - Vocals
Iscariah (ex-Immortal) - Bass
Emily - Drums
Lee Cassidy - Guitars
Tony - Guitars

TCD official forum: http://theclandestined.proboards20.com
TCD official homepage: http://www.theclandestined.com (to be launched soon)


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Thursday, August 19, 2004

HEADQUAKE MUSIC - online music with a soul store.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:48 CET

"Hi,

I've been a frequent Penny Dreadful visitor for some time now and have
recently set up an online outlet for my distribution company, Headquake Music. The
actual store is www.sonicempiremusic.com and I would like to know if you could
post a link to the store on your site since we stock many of the artists you
promote. Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Chris Jamele -HEADQUAKE77@aol.com
Headquake Music / Sonic Empire Music
3440 El Camino Real #312
Santa Clara, CA 95051
USA
(408)983-1174


edit BJ: they have a large skyclad cd section. check it!


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Sirenia parts ways with Kristian Gundersen
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:37 CET

SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE.

The gothic metal band, who released their sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence", in February through Austria's Napalm Records, are currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties can contact the group via their official web site.

SIRENIA's next live appearance will take place this Friday (August 20) at the Summer Breeze festival in Abtsgmünd, Germany.


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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Letzte Instanz news
Posted by: Matze @ 15:40 CET

Gernany's Letzte Instanz have written the first songs for the next album and will start rehearsing in September. More Instanz news should follow soon (maybe about a new singer?).

In related news, Benni and M. Stolz appear on three tracks of Angelzoom's debut album "Angelzoom". Other quests on the album include Apocalyptica, Inchtaboktables and Nik Page (see http://www.angelzoom.de for details).

source: http://www.letzte-instanz.de


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Monday, August 16, 2004

New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds single and album
Posted by: Matze @ 21:41 CET

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release the debut single from their new double album "Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus" on 6th September 2004. 'Nature Boy' will be available on CD and 7". It features the London Community Gospel Choir, and comes backed with 'She's Leaving You'.

"Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus" will be Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' thirteenth studio album and the follow up to 2003's "Nocturama". It was recorded by Nick Launay at Studio Ferber in Paris in Spring 2004 by The Bad Seeds line up of Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey, Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos, Warren Ellis and James Johnston. The new album is produced by Nick Launay and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and is being mixed at Astoria in London.

The tracklisting for "Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus" confirmed as follows:

Abattoir Blues

1. Get Ready For Love
2. Cannibal's Hymn
3. Hiding All Away
4. Messiah Ward
5. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
6 . Nature Boy
7 . Abattoir Blues
8 . Let The Bells Ring
9 . Fable Of The Brown Ape


The Lyre Of Orpheus

1. The Lyre Of Orpheus
2. Breathless
3. Babe, You Turn Me On
4. Easy Money
5. Supernaturally
6. Spell
7. Carry Me
8. O Children

source: http://www.nickcaveandthebadseeds.com


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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Pasi Koskinen leaves Amorphis
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:20 CET

Longtime AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen has officially left the band, according to a posting on the group's web site. Pasi's last live appearance with the band will take place at the Kontu Rock festival on August 21. "All touring plans will go ahead as scheduled and rumors of a replacement already exist," the posting reads. "We are waiting for a statement from Pasi in the near future."

As previously reported, AMORPHIS are scheduled to support TYPE O NEGATIVE on a U.S. tour beginning in early October. Confirmed dates so far include the following:

Oct. 07 – Toad's Place – New Haven, CT
Oct. 11 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Oct. 12 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Oct. 15 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 30 - Eagles Club/The Rave/Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI

AMORPHIS' most recent CD, "Far From The Sun", will receive its long-overdue North/South American release on September 7 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be packaged as a special version with three bonus songs, including an acoustic version of the title track, "Far From The Sun".

Koskinen will release the third album from his "black/dark metal" project AJATTARA, entitled "Tyhjyys" ("Emptiness"), on November 11 through Spinefarm Records. Recordings for the CD took place at Savonlinna's Sundi Coop studio, where AJATTARA recorded their earlier releases, "Itse" (2001) and "Kuolema" (2003).


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Friday, August 13, 2004

Jethro Tull tourdates
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:30 CET

In May, Tull tours Eastern Europe and transverses Western Europe between July and August. Tull then hits the USA and Canada for November 2004 dates.

Tull will play at Cropredy Festival in August as well as visit Denmark's Faroe Islands. USA/Canadian dates are planned for November and December. A "Rubbing Elbows" date is set for August 20th in Edinburgh.

Here are the confirmed dates, with the exception of the July-August listings for Western Europe. Be sure to watch for related stories on the tour and new albums on the press clipping page.



Jethro Tull in Eastern Europe - Confirmed
MAY
18 Poznan Arena
19 Prague T-Mobile Arena
20 Brno Hala Vodova
21 Polna u Jihlavy Castle Garden
23 Bratislava Incheba Hall
24 Budapest SAP Hall
25 Zagreb Dom Sportova 2
26 Belgrade Sava Centar
28 Bucharest Sala Palatului
29 Sofia National Palace of Culture
30 Istanbul Harbiye Acikhava Tiyatrosu
Ian Anderson with Orchestra - Confirmed
JULY In Italy
8 Stresa Villa Palazzola
10 Salò Stadio
11 Cesena Rocca Malatestiana
13 Roma Centrale del Tennis, Foro Italico
14 Viareggio Cittadella del Carnevale
SEPT
10 Athens, Greece Lycabetus Theatre
11 Triandria, Thessaloniki, Greece Earth Theatre
OCT
11 Paris, France Olympia
Jethro Tull in Western Europe - Confirmed
JULY
22 Siegen, Germany Schlossplatz
23 Eisenach, Germany Herzberg goes Wilhelmsthal
www.thinkprogessive.de
24 Winterbach, Germany Zeltspektakel
www.kulturinitiative-rock.de
25 Karlsruhe, Germany Karlsruhe Festival
www.dasfest-karlsruhe.de
26 Luzern, Switzerland Blue Balls Festival
www.blueballs.ch
29 Atarfe, Spain El Lago: www.ticktacticket.com
30 Lorca, Spain Castillo de Lorca
AUG
1 Malta Open Air Square, Manoel Island
Preview
4 Graz, Austria Kasemattenbuhne Graz
5 Innsbruck, Austria Hafen Veranstaltungszentrum
6 Wiesen, Austria Wiesen Festival
7 Klam, Austria Burg Clam
8 Colmar, France Colmar Festival
11 Faroe Islands
(Denmark) www.listastevnan.com
Nordic House, Torshavn
13 Oxfordshire, UK Cropredy Festival
www.faircrop.co.uk
28 Cesme (Izmir), Turkey
30 Israel Caesarea Amphitheatre
Ian Anderson "Rubbing Elbows" Concerts
AUG
20 Edinburgh Celtic Roots Festival
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Jethro Tull in United States and Canada
These dates will feature an acoustical first half, and an electric second half.
NOV
1 Des Moines, IA Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
tickets on sale 8/6 10 A.M. CST
(515) 243-1888 or TicketMaster®.
3 Madison, WI
Overture Center for the Arts
tickets on sale 8/7 10 A.M. CST
(608) 255-4646 or TicketMaster®.

4 Milwaukee, WI
Riverside Theatre
tickets on sale 8/6 10 A.M. CST
(414) 276-4545 or TicketMaster®.
5 Toldeo, OH Stranahan Theatre
6 London, Ontario John Labatt Centre
7 Erie, PA Warner Theater
8 Stamford, CT Palace Theater
10 Ottawa, Ontario National Arts Centre
11 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
12 Quebec City, Quebec Grand Theatre
13 Orono, ME Maine Center for the Arts
14 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
16 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino Resort
17 Reading, PA Sovereign Performing Arts Center
18 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
19 Albany, NY Palace Theater
20 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center
21 Indiana, PA Fisher Auditorium - IUP Campus




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Gorefest reunion?
Posted by: Matze @ 1:42 CET

"There are a lot of rumours that gorefest is coming back togheter.

This is not entirely true, it is true that they will jam togheter somewhere in a studio or so. But if there ever will be a new album or if they ever go on tour or do a show togheter again will not be sure for a long time."

source: http://members.home.nl/gorefest/


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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

King's X News
Posted by: Matze @ 18:16 CET

KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick has issued the following update on his recent activities:

"The project with [PEARL JAM bassist] Jeff [Ament], Mike and [drummer] Richard [Stuverud] sort of has a southern rock classic sound, a bit of the ROLLING STONES vibe, a little jam band vibe on some songs… Some groovy funky tunes, a few beautiful ballads… about 14 songs.. Jeff on bass, Richard on drums and me on guitar on half of it… then Mike showed up and we rocked out about 7 more with him on guitar also… 15 songs... Richard and I do all the vocals… I got to play a little slide guitar also... There is one song has a stones vibe with African drums made out of tree trunks… Jeff lives on the side of a mountain overlooking a valley, it was so peaceful there and the love was awesome... We have to do a final tweak before it gets mixed… We have no name yet or a release date... Hopefully with all the [PEARL JAM] fans online, it will help promote the KING'S X stuff and get a few folks to check out the KING'S X web site... Tentatively called MONTANA maybe... It's all good!

"Reb Beach (WINGER) and I were asked to make a CD of '80s-type music for a European label (Frontiers Records). So far we have 6 songs… They sound like BON JOVI, DOKKEN, WHITESNAKE, sort of. But with my twist for vocals... Reb wrote the songs and they are really good songs... We hope to get it finished after Reb comes back of tour with WHITESNAKE… Tentative title of the project? DEVIL'S CHILDREN.

"Jerry moved to New Jersey to be with his love... We miss him but we understand... And it wont change anything with KING'S X.

"Ty and I have hooked up with Randall amps to endorse their new product. MTS series... Free gear! Yeas!!!!

"My POUNDHOUND? Well, I am going to just call it ... working title… 'Emotional Animal'. I mixed it at my studio but I just purchased some new mixing software and a new compressor. So I am waiting for it to be sent to me (FedEx)… Then I should have it finished before we head out for the next tour.

"I am planning 2 videos, Hal Sparks committed to do one and I have a new video guy who wants to do another one for free!

"The live KING'S X is done! Working title? 'King's X
Live All Over The Place'. It's a double CD. No overdubs, so at times is really rough but has lots of vibe.. Most all live CDs are mostly overdubbed. That's why they sound so perfect… After I learned this, I didn't feel so bad about my performance on this live one... This CD shows our flaws and magic... Hopefully y'all will like it....I dug out about 200 live pics for the CD also… Many candid shots... So hopefully there will be a big booklet in the CD packaging...

"I am writing tunes (demos) for the next CD also to add to the 4 songs we have already, which are 'Allison', 'Fly', 'Open My Eyes' and 'If'… We are doing it like we used to in the early days, some old demos and lots of new stuff... Hopefully this is what you die-hards are waiting for.... [Producer] Michael Wagener has been awesome working with... The next tour.... We hope to do the 4 new songs on tour.... A sort of sneak peek...

"We are talking to Atlantic about re mastering and re releasing the first 4 CDs in a box set with an extra CD of a rehearsal… the first one before the last tour... It's funny and will be a treat for the fans we hope... This project is in just the talking phase right now..."


In related news, KING'S X guitarist Ty Tabor will release the new THE JELLY JAM album, entitled "2", on September 14 through InsideOut Music. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.

"The Jelly Jam 2" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Not Today (3:22)
02. Coming Round (3:37)
03. Empty (5:24)
04. Drop The Gun (3:04)
05. Allison (5:32)
06. Maybe (4:45)
07. She Was Alone (4:34)
08. Angel Or Devil (4:50)
09. You Don't Need Me Anymore (2:40)
10. Runaway (3:15)
11. War Is... (3:27)
12. Message (0:36)

source: Blabbermouth.net


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Sunday, August 8, 2004

Bassist leaves Tapping the Vein
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:28 CET

Bassist Joe Rolland has left Philadelphia's TAPPING THE VEIN due to personal reasons. "This was a very difficult decision for me to make," Joe said in a statement. "I would like to sincerely thank Nuclear Blast, World Entertainment, and all the fans and friends over the years for all your continued support. I hope TAPPING THE VEIN has extended success and wish them all the best in the future... Thanks again."

TAPPING THE VEIN's last CD, "The Damage", was released in April 2002 via Revolution Entertainment/Nuclear Blast Records.

(source blabbermouth)


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Saturday, August 7, 2004

SATAN Perform Live For First Time In 20 Years: Photos Available
Posted by: Matze @ 9:31 CET

A bunch of photos from legendary NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band SATAN's one-off reunion show Friday (August 6) at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival have been posted online at this location (courtesy of Germany's Bright-Eyes.de).

SATAN's classic "Court In The Act" lineup (including BLITZKRIEG singer Brian Ross and SKYCLAD's Graeme English and Steve Ramsey) performed together at Wacken for the first time since 1984. A live recording from the group's early days, entitled "Live in the Act", is tentatively scheduled to be released later in the year.

In related news, BLIND FURY's only album, "Out of Reach" (1985), was re-released by Majestic Rock in early June. BLIND FURY was essentially SATAN with a different singer (Lou Taylor - vocals, Steve Ramsey - guitar, Russ Tippins - guitar, Graeme English - bass, Sean Taylor - drums).

source: PennyDreadful.de via Blabbermouth.net :D


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Monday, August 2, 2004

Paradise Lost finishes recording new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:02 CET

PARADISE LOST have completed the recording process for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life", with singer Nick Holmes scheduled to fly home to England from L.A. this week after finishing up the final vocals for the album.

The upcoming CD, which is being described by Holmes as "definitely the heaviest album we have done in the last ten years," was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and is the group's first to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE).

As previously reported, Singer joined the group in May as the replacement for Lee Morris, who left the band in March due to "personal and musical differences." "Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Fulber and was released in the U.S. through Koch Entertainment.

Working songtitles set to appear on PARADISE LOST's upcoming CD include:

01. Through The Silence
02. Shine
03. Sun Fading
04. Sanctimonious You
05. Redshift
06. Forever After
07. Getting Over The Madness
08. Accept The Pain
09. Close Your Eyes
10. The Laws Of Cause

(source blabbermouth)


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Anathema seeks new record deal
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:06 CET

ANATHEMA are officially free agents as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group). The band are currently considering new offers. Any companies wishing to contact the band about their current situation can reach them at management@anathema.ws.

As previously reported, ANATHEMA will be playing a special acoustic show at London's Mean Fiddler as special guests to BLACKFIELD, a new project featuring Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE and Aviv Geffen. The show will take place on September 10. Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster.

ANATHEMA are continuing to tour in support of their seventh studio album, "A Natural Disaster", which was released in the U.S. in February through KOCH Records/Music For Nations. The follow-up to 2001's "A Fine Day to Exit" was recorded and mixed at Parkgate Studios near Hastings, U.K. (except for two songs, which were mixed in Nottingham at Electric Mayhem) and was produced and engineered by Dan Turner. Cover artwork was handled by artist extraordinaire Travis Smith.

(source blabbermouth)



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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:18 CET

Radio playlist updated again with 4 new tracks. Check out radio activity board.

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Monday, July 26, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:33 CET

check radio activity board.

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CD Review : Midnight Syndicate "Realm of shadows"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:44 CET

Review by nebulae architect. Read it here!

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

CD Review : Rama and Reza "Two worlds"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:40 CET

Review here!

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Sunday, July 18, 2004

CD Review : Arcana "Inner pale sun"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:01 CET

My review can be read here!

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Friday, July 16, 2004

Angra complete work on new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:25 CET

Brazil's ANGRA have completed work on their follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this fall through SPV Records (NTS Records in France). The band have posted the following message regarding the as-yet-untitled effort: "First of all, the songs are awesome! Really, really good! The production is perfect too, the sound of instruments is even heavier and clearer than in our previous albums. The band sounds more powerful and tighter as well.

"This is a very complex record, truly sophisticated. It's not just another metal album, it’s much more than that. The richness of the songs can be felt in the concept, the versatility, the spontaneity, the technique, the feeling and the emotions that flow throughout the whole record. It's easy to figure out our emotions in the tracks. It's a special thing, totally unconventional.

"The story is about the saga of a crusader knight that ends up disputing the expansionist ideals of the Catholic Church in the eleventh century. He is known as The Shadow Hunter. His way of thinking changes step by step until he gets to the point of beginning a new reforming order. There's a lot of things happening in his life and each song is a chapter of the story. It's amazing to follow the lyrics as you listen to the songs. Each situation is totally different from the other.

"Overall, this album is a bit longer than the others ANGRA has made so far. We tried to do something new and didn’t think twice about the possibility of experimenting. After all, we always focus in the artistic side and in what has been ANGRA's most striking mark since day one: ORIGINALITY!

"Today is July 14th and we are leaving for Japan. We'll meet Kiko there (he's going from Brazil) and the three of us are gonna promote the album. We're doing a couple of acoustic gigs, plus interviews, photo sessions and so on. However, we look forward to coming back to Brazil and showing to the fans what we achieved in the new album, ANGRA's very best in our opinion."


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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

New Band of the month : Ashtar
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:57 CET

By blue horse : Read it here!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Interview : Bleeding black
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:54 CET

by Nebulae Architect. Read it here!

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Monday, July 12, 2004

CD Review : Diamanda Galas "Plague mass"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:16 CET

Review by Nebulae Architect. Read it here!

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Interview with Eric Adams (Manowar)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:15 CET

Interview by Max "nu-zeland" Thrasher. Read it here!

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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Tristania Update
Posted by: Matze @ 14:45 CET

From www.tristania.com

5th July 2004 - New album close to finished
Tristania has returned from 9 weeks in the TopRoom studio and report great confidence in the new-recorded material. Only minor elements remain before everything is completed. The final title has not yet been decided, but the planned release date is 18th of October. The band is anxious to release this album and show their fans what they have been up to these last few years. They are also looking forward to get back on tour and present the new material live.
Anders' summary of the new album is "heavy and organic". They are working on a comprehensive studio report, which we will post here on the site in the next few days.

5th July 2004 - New record contract with SPV
Tristania is about to sign with SPV. The band is very happy with the contract, which is being finalized now. They are satisfied with SPV as their future collaborator. Several companies were interested, but SPV made the strongest offer and seemed to be the ones who would best support the band's efforts.
SPV is a strong contender that will promote and distribute Tristania worldwide. SPV has previously acted as a distributor for Tristania, which the band regards as an advantage. They are looking forward to the cooperation with SPV in the coming years.

5th July 2004 - Tour in planning
The next few days will reveal the dates for the first tour after the release of the new album. It will be an extensive European tour. Tristania is looking forward to getting back on the road and back on stage after this long break from touring, due in large to work on the new album. The last European tour the band had was almost three years back - it's about time they headed back out!

Thanks, Ed! :)


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Friday, July 9, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:03 CET

Another update.

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Monday, July 5, 2004

Nick Menza rejoins megadeth?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:10 CET

A rumor i've found on many boards. Seems to be confirmed.

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CD Review : Northaunt "the ominous silence"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:42 CET

Review by Nebulae Architect.
Read it here


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Sunday, July 4, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:27 CET

Two new songs :
arcana "the cold sea"
gothica : "the cliff of suicide"


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Thursday, July 1, 2004

Tom Fischer (Celtic Frost) to release a solo album
Posted by: Matze @ 18:30 CET

Yes, I am working on a solo album, and I am aiming at releasing it next year. This will in no way negatively affect or delay work on the new CF album. Quite the opposite - I began work on my own album because of my frustration over the extremely long gestation period of the CF album and my inability (in spite of a number of efforts) to speed up its completion. I am, after all, only one factor of many that influence the pace and the ultimate result of a new CF album recording.

I never seriously pursued the idea of a "solo album" (and I actually find that term ridiculous). But a little over a year ago, I began to complete music for an album of my own. I felt (and feel) barely able to contain my impatience and frustration over the slow progress of the CF album, no matter how happy I was/am about the music we have written for it.

The CF album has become extremely heavy over the past year, and I have written virtually all of that music, together with Erol. It is amazing and intoxicating to see and hear the band like this. But it is as important to me that a CF album also contains the typical ingredient of material that is different and that no other band would dare to include - just as we have done on our first three albums. But a key member of the band disagreed. There were numerous songs I submitted for inclusion on the CF album that were turned down; it was felt that these songs did not have a place on a CF album because they were too experimental. The rejected music is very closely related to my personal life and emotions, and there was no way I was just going to throw it away.

The delays and the above scenario are the two reasons why I am working on my first album of my own. I have the music for eight songs completed and will begin vocal recordings this summer. The album will not sound like Apollyon Sun. It is much more somber and utterly dark, as has been my life in recent years. The music can perhaps be described as dark wave, electronica... or, much better, as my innermost feelings and emotions turned into soundscapes, aural paintings. Since I was no longer bound by the identity of CF when working on this material, the songs have become far more electronic than how I imagined them played by CF. On the other hand, when I showcased some material to my close friends, they all said it sounds exactly like Frost. They were also rather taken aback by the darkness of it all.

Musically, I am very happy right now, as I have the opportunity to complete two different but related works side-by-side. As much as I hate that it takes so long, the CF album will leave no questions unanswered. Of that I am sure. And my own album is very important to me personally. The parallel existence of CF allows me to focus solely on my own needs and to not be bound by sales or sound expectations. I am doing this just for me, and if only a handful of people out there will understand the emotions contained therein, these people and me will share something very special and very personal.

With much love and gratitude

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Zurich, Switzerland
http://www.celticfrost.com


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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:20 CET

Check the radioactivity message board to see the changes

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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Ron Marks (ex-Celtic Frost) Signs With SONIC WAVE INTERNATIONAL
Posted by: Matze @ 16:12 CET

SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks, will be issuing its sophomore album, "No Such Soul", this fall through Sonic Wave America. The follow-up to 2002's "Super-Vel" (Outlaw Entertainment) will be available worldwide at such stores as Best Buy, Tower, Borders, Wherehouse, FYE, Sam Goody, Amazon.com, CD NOW, Music Boulevard, CD Universe, Sonic Wave America online stores, and many regional and independent retail chains.

Anand Bhatt, President of Sonic Wave International, says: "I'm really excited to release the new SUBSONIC project! CELTIC FROST and Ron Marks fans will be VERY pleased. We have always been a strong independent force in heavy music, and it's an honor that Ron chose us to put out the new release."

Ron Marks had the following to say about the songwriting on his latest effort: "When I think about the music and the CD title, thoughts of independence and not selling your mind or soul to anyone are the prevailing visions. Yes, I'm writing about american society because that's where I live. But the lyrics go beyond that into what humanity has done throughout history and continues to do. And more so, how we never learn from our mistakes. For instance, the latest track is called 'Delilahs' and is about human betrayal on a global and perpetual scale with a little of the middle eastern war thrown around the edges."

Ron is a resident of Hermitage, PA and has performed in several music related projects as well as recording as SUBSONIC for the last 5 years. In his youth he and friend Dan Laudo (drummer for PRONG) played in a band with none other than Trent Reznor. Ron Marks has been called "an unusual and almost heavier version of Frank Zappa."

source: blabbermouth.net


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KING'S X Music Featured In Upcoming Movie
Posted by: Matze @ 16:10 CET

"The KING'S X track "Static", off their "Manic Moonlight" release (2001), appears on the trailer (and in the flick) for the movie "GhostWatcher". The movie is slated to be released by Artisan/Lion's Gate in October. The trailer should hit world theaters in August.

In other news, KING'S X are planning on doing some recording this summer with veteran hard rock/metal producer Michael Wagener (WARRANT, SKID ROW, ACCEPT, HAMMERFALL). "We're gonna try out a few songs with him that could or maybe not end up on our next studio record," stated guitarist Ty Tabor. A live album, recorded at various shows on the band's current North American tour, is expected in October. The double-CD affair is set to include all of the group's classics as well as an acoustic portion featuring songs rarely performed by the band.

Upcoming KING'S X shows:

Sep. 25 - Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
Sep. 27 - Nashville, TN @ The Exit/In
Sep. 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
Sep. 30 - Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
Oct. 01 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
Oct. 02 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 03 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown
Oct. 05 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theatre / Underground
Oct. 06 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
Oct. 21 - San Francisco, CA @ The DNA Lounge
Oct. 22 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
Oct. 23 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Mason Jar
Oct. 24 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club"

source: blabbermouth.net


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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Record label Castle von Buhler is now closed :(
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:19 CET

Castle von Buhler Records is now closed. Thank you for a wonderful decade!

Please direct any further inquiries to julian@drawbridge.com

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It was the label for The Moors and it saddens me much. :(


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Monday, June 21, 2004

CD Review : Star One "Space metal"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:14 CET

Review can be found here!

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Sunday, June 20, 2004

New Dark Muse mp3s
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:53 CET

New Dark Muse MP3's available on the Eyescream site for a listen... as well 3 New DM tracks found at SongPlanet.com
Follow the link to the DM sounds page:
http://www.eyescreamjewelry.com/generic44.html


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Saturday, June 12, 2004

CD Review : Nightwish "Once"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:25 CET

Read the review here !

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Ray Charles
Posted by: Matze @ 10:36 CET

Legendary pianist Ray Charles died yesterday. Blind from age 7, he overcame adversity to become an incredible pianist and performer, known worldwide for his music. He was 73, and his loss saddens us all.

(sent in by Pax who can't access the site right now)


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Friday, June 11, 2004

Evanescence working on new songs
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:44 CET

EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee has told Billboard.com that the writing process for the group's sophomore album is going well. "I've had the chance to really write [this year]," she said. "I bought a house — I'd been homeless forever. I've been playing my piano in the middle of the night, whenever, lighting candles and writing. It's so gratifying. I just feel complete again.

"The songs aren't ready yet," she continued. "They're all little skeletons of songs and structures. I don't want to blow the secret before they've had time to grow."

(source : blabbermouth)


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Rage guitarist temporaily replaced cause of illness
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:19 CET

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski fell "seriously ill" following the group's performance at the Gods of Metal festival last weekend. Smolski is now "in the hospital" and "he will not take part at the 24h race at the Nürburgring, and he also can't play the Helfenstein concert in Geislingen [Germany on June 19]," reads a post on the group's web site. Replacing Victor at the Helfenstein festival will be former RAGE guitarist Manni Schmidt. However, the group point out that Manni's appearance with RAGE in Geislingen will be a one-time-only event and no additional joint live appearances are currently planned. Smolski is expected to fully recover in time for the band's performance at the Raismesfest in Raismem, France on September 11.

Source : blabbermouth


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Bruce Dickinson's new solo album is done
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:41 CET

And that's it for the news.

(Source : obskure.com)


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Blackmore's Night goes romantic
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:39 CET

"All Because Of You - The Romantic Collection" will be the next release of Blackmore's night.
This romantic love songs album will feature a bonus dvd too.

Source : Obskure.com


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Edenbridge live album in July
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:22 CET

Endenbridge will release "A Livetime In Eden" in july. There will be a bonus dvb.

(source : vampster)


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End of Music For Nations
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:15 CET

Sad News - Legendary U.K. record label Music For Nations current home of OPETH and ANATHEMA and past home of METALLICA, CRADLE OF FILTH, TESTAMENT and countless other metal bands has officially closed its doors. The company's catalogue which has previously included titles from artists as varied as LOST HORIZON and FRANK ZAPPA will be folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group).

Launched in 1983 by Martin Hooker, Music For Nations established itself as a European leader in the rock and metal world, with early signings like METALLICA (who had three gold albums while on MFN), SLAYER and MEGADETH paving the way. As Music For Nations grew, the company expanded its operation to include not just licensed acts from the USA, but its own signings.


(source pm boards)


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Wednesday, June 9, 2004

New Nick Cave album in september
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:04 CET

Nick Cave will release a new album "Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus" in september

Source : Obskure.com


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BATHORY Mastermind QUORTHON Dead At 39
Posted by: Matze @ 0:06 CET

BATHORY mastermind Tomas "Quorthon" Forsberg was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, June 7, informed sources have confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The 39-year-old son of Black Mark Records owner Börje Forsberg, long considered one of black metal's founders, died of an apparent heart failure. More information as it becomes available.(source: blabbermouth)

R.I.P.


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Monday, June 7, 2004

CD Review : NMA "Lost songs"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:54 CET

here

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CD Review : NMA "Big guitars in little Europe"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:54 CET

here

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CD Review : NMA "Tales of the road"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:53 CET

here

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Sunday, June 6, 2004

CD Review : Therion "Sirius B" and "Lemuria"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:10 CET

Review of the double digipack here!

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Saturday, June 5, 2004

Theatre of tragedy have announced new singer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:19 CET

Norway's THEATRE OF TRAGEDY have announced the addition of THE CREST singer Nell to the group's ranks. Nell joins THEATRE OF TRAGEDY as the replacement for Liv Kristine, who was acrimoniously fired from the band last August. The following is THEATRE OF TRAGEDY's official statement on the latest lineup change:

"After the announcement of THEATRE OF TRAGEDY parting ways with lead singer Liv Kristine in late August 2003, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY decided to withdraw and keep a low profile.

"All the while, the songwriting activity was kept steady, and at the same time started the search for a new singer. The search had not lasted very long until a strong candidate emerged, and very soon found a natural position within the band, even before an actual decision was made. The new singer, Nell (origin: Norway), quickly proved a refreshing addition to the group, being honest and outspoken, enthusiastic, and with a general working attitude that further strengthened the band's internal bonding.

"With a strong and temperamental voice, she fit well into the current style of the band, aiming more for a darker atmospheric, brooding and simplified style, rather than the efficient rock/pop song with dense layers of electronics. And although largely lacking the 'Beauty and the Beast' contrast of the band's early recordings, there is still a complementary tension between Nell's and Raymond's vocals.



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Monday, May 24, 2004

Falconer parts ways with bassist and guitarist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:27 CET

Sweden's FALCONER have parted ways with second guitarist Anders Johansson and bassist Peder Johansson. "A big discussion took place after the gig in Motala (Swe) as we started to talk about the future of FALCONER," mainman Stefan Weinerhall writes in an official press release. "Two camps quickly formed about the issue. The talk started to get more and more aggressive until it took an ugly turn as Peder started to let his hands do the talking, but luckily Kristoffer stepped in and stopped it from getting really bad.

"Although our intoxicated state of mind probably made the argument worse, it has left deep scars. After this incident the contacts has been very chilly with especially Peder but also Anders.

"Karsten, Kristoffer and I believe that the tension will undermine the future atmosphere of the band if they were to stay. It's better to go our separate ways and let them follow their ideas with their other band GUINEAPIGS.

"We don't think nor hope that Peder and Anders have a different opinion about the decision we have taken."

FALCONER released their third album, "The Sceptre Of Deception", last October through Metal Blade Records.


(blabbermouth)


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Skyclad new album delayed but available on their site
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:25 CET

Headlines - The Latest News

23rd May 2004 - Important announcement;

Release of 'A Semblance Of Normality' delayed.



We are sorry to announce that the release of the band's latest album 'A Semblance of Normality' has been put back until September. This is due to restructuring taking place at Dreamcatcher, who are to promote and distribute the album along with Demolition records. While, in the short-term, this may appear to be bad news for all the Skyclad fans eager to get their hands on said album, it is hoped that, in the long-term, the changes being made will be extremely beneficial to the band in terms of overall promotion and distribution (which should also include the US and Japanese releases). We will, of course, inform everyone as to the new release date and other promotional plans in the very near future.

However, it is not all bad news. While the 'official' release date may be several months away, the band have managed to secure a 'limited number' of 'A Semblance Of Normality' which may be ordered via the official website from Monday 24th of May - a kind of a 'limited release' especially for our fans. To order the new album from our web shop click here :
www.skyclad.co.uk/html/Me...ndise.html


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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Rhapsody names new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:28 CET

Italian symphonic metal band RHAPSODY have set "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands Part 2 - The Dark Secret" as the title of their forthcoming full-length album, due in September through Magic Circle Music/SPV.

As previously reported, the upcoming CD will feature a very special appearance by acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"). Mr. Lee is no stranger to music and recording studios as he is a classically trained opera singer himself. He will be providing a powerful narration on the forthcoming self-produced CD of the Italy-based group.

Among other well-known narrators and London actors, Lee will guide the listeners in the role of a king through a unique saga invented by RHAPSODY's founding members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli. As a special surprise, Mr. Lee's daughter Christina Lee will also appear in the part of a warrior princess. Incidentally this will mark the first time father and daughter will work together.

RHAPSODY's new CD is being recorded in four different studios in Europe with appearances by more than a dozen international guest soloists. Also appearing on the album will be the entire Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra from the Czech Republic as well as a 50-piece choir.

RHAPSODY are scheduled to release a new mini-CD, entitled "The Dark Secret", on May 29 through Magic Circle Music/SPV. The mini-CD will be packaged with a limited edition bonus DVD containing "Making of" footage for the new album (incl. interview sequences with Christopher Lee) and a 5.1 Mix of "Unholy Warcry" (short version).

(blabbermouth)


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Saturday, May 22, 2004

CD Review : In Flames "soundtrack to your escape"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:49 CET

Review can be read here!

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KING'S X: DVD Plans Scrapped
Posted by: Matze @ 9:53 CET

KING'S X have abandoned plans to film their May 23 performance at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California for an upcoming DVD. No reason was given for the change of plans. The band are still planning on recording various shows on the upcoming North American tour for a live album — a double-CD affair containing "lots of songs," according to an online posting from guitarist Ty Tabor. In addition to all of the group's classics, the live album is expected to include an acoustic portion featuring songs rarely performed by the band.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Friday, May 21, 2004

Pagan Metal Festival, Giessen/Germany
Posted by: Matze @ 10:10 CET

Pagan Metal Festival

20.11.04, Jokus, Giessen

CRUACHAN
SUIDAKRA
XIV DARK CENTURIES
HEOL TELWEN

http://www.shadowsmile.de


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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Amon Amarth news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:42 CET

AMON AMARTH


Johann Hegg on the follow-up to the highly successful "Versus The World": "Finally, after long consideration, we have decided the title of the new album. The title will be 'FATE OF NORNS', referring to the three Norns - or 'godesses of fate' - Urd, Skuld and Verdandi, who in Scandinavian mythology sit at the root of Yggdrasil - the world tree - weaving the fate of every man."

Some of the song titles are:

a.. An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm
b.. The Fate of Norns
c.. Arson
d.. Sealed in blood
e.. The Valkyries Ride
More titles to be released soon.

AMON AMARTH will be entering Berno Studios in Malmo on Monday, 17 th of May to record the new album. "FATE OF NORNS" will be released September 6, 2004. The release will be celebrated with two headlining shows, with support from labelamates FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING:

04.09.04 GER Bochum Matrix

05.09.04 GER Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik

Tickets for these shows are available from the Metal Blade Website. Afterwards, the band will tour Scandinavia with CANNIBAL CORPSE, followed by a headlining tour of Europe, with support from IMPIOUS. Check tour dates for details!


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Elane signed to kalinkaland records!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:30 CET

As reported by the band on the board, Elane has been signed to Kalinkaland records!
New album on its way!


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Lacuna Coil 'swamped' video posted online
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:22 CET

LACUNA COIL's video for the track "Swamped" has been posted online at Launch.com. Check it out there

The "Swamped" clip was directed by Revolver Film Company's Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EVERGREY, TIAMAT, PASSENGER) and was shot in Sweden in a castle and on the Revolver Ranch. Pick-up shots were made in a Spanish desert.

LACUNA COIL will be releasing "Swamped" as the second single from their highly acclaimed album, "Comalies", on June 7 through Century Media Records. The single release will be complemented by the "Swamped" video. A limited two-CD edition of "Comalies" will surface in late June for the price of a single CD.

LACUNA COIL are in the middle of a national U.S. theater tour alongside P.O.D., BLINDSIDE and HAZEN ST.. A second-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest will follow in the summer.

(blabbermouth)


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Annihilator audio clips
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:21 CET

AFM Records has posted a couple of audio clips from ANNIHILATOR's forthcoming CD, "All For You", at This location!

"All For You", due out on May 24, marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) last June. The album was produced, mixed and engineered by ANNIHILATOR mastermind Jeff Waters at Watersound Studios in Canada. Mastering duties were handled by John Vestman. A five-song EP, entitled "The One", was recently issued containing two bonus video clips.

The "All For You" CD will be available in two different formats: standard jewel case format and limited digibook (the digibook contains 20 extraordinary booklet pages, including rare bonus material, six video clips and multimedia extras).

As previously reported, ANNIHILATOR will be opening for JUDAS PRIEST at select dates on the British heavy metal legends' upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jun. 02 – Leipzig, GER @ Haus Auensee
Jun. 06 - Frauenfeld, SWI @ Festhalle Rüegerholz
Jun. 08 – Berlin, GER @ Arena Berlin
Jun. 13 – Oberhausen, GER @ König-Pilsener-Arena
Jun. 14 – Prague, CZR @ T-Mobile Arena

(blabbermouth)


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Former Blaze drummer joins Paradise Lost
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:19 CET

PARADISE LOST have announced the addition of drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE, KILL II THIS) to the group's ranks. Singer joins the group as the replacement for Lee Morris, who left the band in March due to "personal and musical differences." More information on Singer is available at his official web site.

As previously reported, PARADISE LOST will once again be working with producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "Symbol Of Life", tentatively due before the end of the year through G.U.N./BMG Records (in Europe). "Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Fulber and was released in the U.S. through Koch Entertainment.

(blabbermouth)


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The end of Candlemass...
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:19 CET

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have officially split up — seemingly for the last time.

"We are truly sorry to inform you that CANDLEMASS have disbanded!" reads a posting on the group's web site. "This is sad news for us and everybody else that love this fantastic band. There will be no more gigs, no new album, no more doom! This is it... finished... zero... nada... out!!!

"Despite the tremendous success of the reunion, everything hasn’t been perfect. Tiny cracks in the façade could be seen during the first round in the summer of 2002 because members of the band do not share the same vision of [CANDLEMASS], the gigs, an eventual new album, democracy etc, and last year it became clear that the differences were too large to overcome. A demo was recorded but the internal problems overshadowed the fun of playing. The gig at Klubben (Stockholm) Nov. 29 came to be the last and final [one] for CANDLEMASS.

"The band have tried to save the situation. There have been meetings and discussions, but unfortunately it hasn’t been possible for the five members to agree on how CANDLEMASS could work in the future. The members would have loved to continue but the chemistry is just not there anymore. The magic is gone..."

(source : blabbermouth)


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Monday, May 17, 2004

Gig Review : New Model Army (San Diego)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:41 CET

Another NMA US tour report by pax eternum.
Check it here!


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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Milù : Mila mar's singer's solo project
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:21 CET

Anke, female singer of Mila Mar is setting up a solo project named Milù. Actually she's working on her first album.

More news on the official site : http://www.milù-cat.com/


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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Primordial signed to metal blade records
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:00 CET

Metal Blade announced the signing of PRIMORDIAL. This is what A.A. Nemtheanga - singer in PRIMORDIAL - had to say:
"We are proud to announce we have signed a world wide deal with Metal Blade Records.After thirteen years in existence this will be our fourth record label and hopefully our last. Some may find Primordial and Metal Blade a strange combination as we have musically relatively little in common with many of the bands on the roster but that's what makes it such an interesting and challenging combination on so many levels. We had other offers and interest from various labels and it was clear to us we had to step things up with a bigger label. When we looked at things in the cold light the Metal Blade offer was by the far the best and it became clear to us that we were dealing with a genuine label run by Metal fans for Metal fans with a vast Metal legacy over three decades and not with one eye always on the profit margin. We hope to record our next (fifth) album during the Summer/Autumn with famed engineer/producer Billy Anderson here in Ireland for an early Winter release. We have a few European shows here and there before then so until then.vae victis


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Gig review : New Model Army (long beach)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:16 CET

Gig review here!

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Interview with The Great Kat
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:15 CET

here

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Sunday, May 9, 2004

After Forever replaces keyboardist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:00 CET

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have parted ways with keyboardist Lando van Gils and have replaced him with Joost v.d. Broek, formerly of SUN CAGED. "Lando has decided to leave AFTER FOREVER because of personal reasons," according to a posting on the band's web site. "He left in good friendship and will put up his own statement later on this week. The gig in De Bosuil (May 14 in Weert) will be Lando's farewell gig."

(source : blabbermouth)


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Friday, May 7, 2004

New Within Temptation in september
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:21 CET

According to "The Official International Within Temptation Fanclub", Deep Within, WITHIN TEMPTATION's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "Mother Earth" will be released in September through BMG. No further information is currently available

Source : blabbermouth


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German Album Charts
Posted by: Matze @ 11:56 CET

(11) GUNS N´ROSES - Greatest Hits
(13) SCHANDMAUL - Wie Pech & Schwefel (NEU)
(47) HAGGARD - Eppur Si Muove (NEU)
(49) EVANESCENCE - Fallen (Platin + Gold)
(50) FEAR FACTORY - Archetype
(74) DIE ÄRZTE - Geräusch (Platin)
(84) RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Greatest Hits
(85) SOULFLY - Prophecy
(97) NIRVANA - Nirvana (Platin)

Schandmaul entered the charts at #13, not bad :D

source: RockHard.de


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Sunday, May 2, 2004

Cruachan: first show in Germany
Posted by: Matze @ 17:08 CET

"On the 20.11.04 the first Pagan Metal Festival wil happen at the Jokus in Gießen. As Headliner CRUACHAN are alreay confirmed, who will play there exclusiv very first Germany Show."

source: http://www.shadowsmile.de


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Gary Moore news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:52 CET

Legendary guitarist Gary Moore has set "Power of the Blues" as the title of his new studio album, due on June 7 through Sanctuary Records. The new album is a continuation of the rock/blues tradition that Moore started on in the early 1990s.

"Power of the Blues" features Gary Moore on vocals and guitar, Bob Daisley (ex-RAINBOW, OZZY OSBOURNE) on bass, and Darrin Mooney on drums. Daisley last played with Gary on the "Still Got the Blues" album in 1990 after being a regular band member live and on record throughout the 1980s. Mooney joined Gary for the "A Different Beat" tour in 1999, and has been the regular drummer on the past three albums. "Power of the Blues" is produced by Gary Moore and Chris Tsangarides (credits include THIN LIZZY and JUDAS PRIEST).

"Power of the Blues" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Power Of The Blues (G. Moore/B. Daisley/D. Mooney)
02. There's A Hole (G. Moore)
03. Tell Me Woman (G. Moore)
04. I Can't Quit You Baby (Willie Dixon)
05. That's Why I Play The Blues (G. Moore)
06. Evil (Willie Dixon)
07. Getaway Blues (G. Moore/B. Daisley/D. Mooney)
08. Memory Pain (P. Mayfield)
09. Can't Find My Baby (G. Moore)
10. Torn Inside (G. Moore)

"Power of the Blues" is Moore's 23rd solo album. His second album, "Back On the Streets" (1978), which included his evocative single "Parisienne Walkways" (Top Ten in April 1979) with Phil Lynott on guest vocals, launched his solo career in earnest. In the 1990s he formed BBM with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker before continuing with his solo career. In 2002 he formed and released an album with SCARS, featuring ex-SKUNK ANANSIE bassist Cass Lewis and drummer Darrin Mooney. Moore toured with WHITESNAKE in 2003 on the Monsters of Rock Tour and subsequently released a live album in September 2003.

(source : blabbermouth)


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Memory Garden in studio
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:51 CET

As previously reported, MEMORY GARDEN have commenced the recording sessions for their new album, "Carnage Carnival", for a late 2004 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. The follow-up to 2000's "Mirage", "Carnage Carnival" will mark MEMORY GARDEN's first release since their split with Metal Blade Records in early 2002.

(source blabbermouth)


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Saturday, May 1, 2004

CD Review : Penumbra "seclusion"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:44 CET

Here!

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CD Review : Aina "days of rising doom"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:44 CET

here!

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Yearning negociating new record deal
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:54 CET

The record deal with the French Holy Records has expired, so the band is on the free market looking for a new deal. Currently Yearning is preparing the channels for future releases and negotiations with a few record labels are on the way.

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CD Review : Darkthrone "Sardonic Wrath"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:29 CET

This review is in the review board. Here !

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Cocteau Twins reunion rumors denied
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:50 CET

Cocteau Twins STILL Broken Up
In case anyone doesn't know yet—as widespread as this information is—Cocteau Twins broke up several years ago while recording the follow-up LP to the 1996 album Milk & Kisses. They no longer live near one another, and do not make music together as a band anymore. They are each pursuing separate careers at this point. As of this writing, there are no plans for a reunion, nor are there any plans for the unfinished album to ever be released.

To keep track of what the individual former band members are doing, bookmark this page and/or visit www.cocteautwinsforums.com.

source : cocteautwins.com


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Friday, April 16, 2004

The Mission, Flowing Tears confirmed for M´era Luna 2004
Posted by: Matze @ 9:35 CET

M´era Luna 2004
07./08. August
Hildesheim (Germany) - Flugplatz Drispenstedt

WOLFSHEIM
LACRIMOSA
OOMPH!
WITHIN TEMPTATION

COVENANT * IN EXTREMO * THE MISSION
L'AME IMMORTELLE * ANNE CLARK
BLUTENGEL * FAITH & THE MUSE * THERION

FUNKER VOGT * DE/VISION * TRISTANIA
SUICIDE COMMANDO * DULCE LIQUIDO
SAMSAS TRAUM * WELLE ERDBALL * GOTHMINISTER

CLAN OF XYMOX * FIDDLERS GREEN * ICON OF COIL
SCHANDMAUL * THE FAIR SEX * ASP * DECODED FEEDBACK
PINK TURNS BLUE * SALTATIO MORTIS * CHAMBER * ROTER SAND
THE ETERNAL AFFLICT * COLD * EPICA * SOMAN * FLOWING TEARS


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After Forever confirmed for Dynamo Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 9:33 CET

Dynamo Open Air 2004
5. June
The Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Holland

Slayer
Dimmu Borgir
Nightwish
Children of Bodom
Life of Agony
Soulfly
Mastodon
Ill Nino
Deicide
After Forever


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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Edenbridge news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:47 CET

Austrian "angelic bombast metal" act EDENBRIDGE have set "Shine" as the title of their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in October through Germany's Massacre Records.

The follow-up to 2003's "Aphelion" will be recorded between May and July. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include:

01. October Sky
02. Centennial Legend
03. Shine
04. The Canterville Ghost
05. What You Leave Behind
06. On Sacred Ground
07. On Top Of The World
08. Flame Of Passion
09. And The Road Goes On
10. The Wild Chase
11. Elsewhere
12. Move Along Home

In other news, EDENBRIDGE will play a warm-up show at a small club in Nottingham, England on September 2 prior to their appearance at the Bloodstock Festival. Tickets are extremely limited. For more information, contact vince@bloodstock.uk.com.

EDENBRIDGE reportedly recorded a live DVD on March 20 at the Building a Force Festival at Stadthalle Widdern near Heilbronn, Germany. More information about the DVD's contents and release date will be made available soon.

source: Blabbermouth.net


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Saturday, April 10, 2004

Radio playlist major update part II
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:48 CET

Some more 20 songs changed

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The world's biggest subwoofer
Posted by: Matze @ 13:08 CET

For all the HiFi Freaks out there:

The Biggest SUBWOOFER of the WORLD

:D


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Thursday, April 8, 2004

Dong Open Air: complete billing
Posted by: Matze @ 16:02 CET

Dong Open Air
16.07.-17.07 2004
Neukirchen-Vluyn near Krefeld, Germany

VINTERSORG (SWE)
SUIDAKRA
MY DARKEST HATE
DELIRIOUS
FINAL BREATH
ASTERIUS
CHAINHEART
CRIKEY
DISILLUSION
EQUILIBRIUM
HUMANITY (GB)
INSIGNIUM
JACK SLATER
JESTER'S FUNERAL
LANFEAR
SERAPHIM (TW)
THE RULES
TOMORROW'S EVE

http://www.dongopenair.de


Tickets - advance booking:
one-day ticket Friday 8,- €
one-day ticket Saturday 10,- €
weekend ticket 14,- €

Tickets - at the festival:
one-day ticket Friday 10,- €
one-day ticket Saturday 12,- €
weekend ticket 18,- €

Beer: 0,5l 1€, (Diebels, Kölsch, Warsteiner).

Ticket contact:

tickets.1.2004@dongopenair.de

source: The German Skyclad Forum


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Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Radio playlist major updates
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:05 CET

Check the modifications in the radio activity board.

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Monday, April 5, 2004

MOSTLY AUTUMN Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement
Posted by: Matze @ 21:57 CET

"British Celtic-influenced progressive rock band MOSTLY AUTUMN have parted ways with drummer Jonathan Blackmore.

"There is a great deal to do if the band is to achieve all we hope to do over the coming years and Jonathan felt unable to make the extra commitment which we need in terms of time and effort," the band write on their web site.

"We fully understand and respect this decision and wish Jonathan every success in his musical career outside of MOSTLY AUTUMN. We would also like to thank Jonathan for all of his hard work to date.

"Andrew Jennings will be taking over from Jonathan with immediate effect

"Andrew is the brother of keyboard player Iain and as a fully trained classical percussionist brings an impeccable musical pedigree to the band. The first performance by MOSTLY AUTUMN with Andrew Jennings on drums [took place] at the Y Theatre Leicester on April 3rd."

MOSTLY AUTUMN's fourth full-length album, "Passengers", was released last May though the Classic Rock Legends label."

source: blabbermouth.net


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Candlemass guitarist and drummer forming new band
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:07 CET

CANDLEMASS lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh have formed a new band with vocalist Michael Storck (X-PLODE) and bassist Tobbe Moen (ex-REDFUN, OZ). The project, which goes by the name CREOZOTH, is currently in the studio recording a full-length album. More information will be made available soon.

(source blabbermouth)


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Thursday, April 1, 2004

RAM-ZET Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement
Posted by: Matze @ 23:27 CET

"Bassist Solem has left Norwegian "black psychotic power metal" act RAM-ZET due to "private" reasons. "This is a great loss and the band wishes him all the best in the future," the group write on their web site. "He will be replaced by Jon 'Daniel', a local talent who blew all sceptics aside in Hønefoss last month..."

As previously reported, RAM-ZET have made available four MP3 clips from their recently completed demo at their official web site.

The tracks available for download are as follows (all clips approximately one minute each in length):

01. …And Innocence (mp3)
02. Asylum (mp3)
03. Damnation Dance (mp3)
04. Unresistable (mp3)

In addition, you can check out a video for the track "Queen" at this location. "Queen" comes off RAM-ZAT's sophomore album, "Escape", which was released in 2002 through Century Media Records.

Upcoming RAM-ZET shows:

Apr. 16 – Gjøvik, NOR @ Ampfield
May 08 – Hamar, NOR @ Espern"

source: blabbermouth.net


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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Skyclad's new album on Music with a soul radio!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:58 CET

Penny dreadful webzine and radio've been created by myself and matze on the 1st april 2001. Each anniversary we do something special, such as contests and so on. This year will be a bit different. Our radio will take away her clothes if you see what i mean
Stay tuned (yep "stay tuned" are the right words).


---------update----------
We have put the whole cd (full songs) on our playlist. Tune in there www.live365.com/stations/264188
13 new clad songs among 300 tracks from different artists.
People willing to hunt the new songs are awaited there


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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Skyclad new album mp3 trailer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:38 CET

It follows the album order of the songs. Does not show how heavy the album is. Have avoided major spoilers.

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/bombjour/Ezine/asontrailer.mp3

enjoy.


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Rhapsody mini cd in may
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:44 CET

RHAPSODY will be issuing a new mini-CD, entitled "The Dark Secret", on May 29 through Magic Circle Music/SPV. The group's as-yet-untitled new full-length album will follow in September.

"The Dark Secret" track listing:

01. Unholy Warcry (short version)*
02. Thunder Mighty Roar*
03. Sacred Power Of Raging Winds
04. Guardians Of Destiny (English version)*
05. (T.B.C.)

* Titles will not appear on the upcoming studio album

The mini-CD will be packaged with a limited edition bonus DVD containing "Making of" footage for the new album (incl. interview sequences with Christopher Lee) and a 5.1 Mix of "Unholy Warcry" (short version).

As previously reported, RHAPSODY's new album will feature a very special appearance by acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"). Mr. Lee is no stranger to music and recording studios as he is a classically trained opera singer himself. He will be providing a powerful narration on the forthcoming self-produced CD of the Italy-based group.

Among other well-known narrators and London actors, Lee will guide the listeners in the role of a king through a unique saga invented by RHAPSODY's founding members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli. As a special surprise, Mr. Lee's daughter Christina Lee will also appear in the part of a warrior princess. Incidentally this will mark the first time father and daughter will work together.

RHAPSODY's new CD is being recorded in four different studios in Europe with appearances by more than a dozen international guest soloists. Also appearing on the album will be the entire Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra from the Czech Republic as well as a 50-piece choir.

source : blabbermouth


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Crematory new cd in may
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:43 CET

German melodic gothic metal band CREMATORY have set a May 3 release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their much-anticipated comeback album, "Revolution".

"Revolution" (view cover here) will contain 12 songs and will include a video for the title track. A limited-edition digipack will be released in addition to the regular CD version.

CREMATORY recently issued a single, "Greed", featuring the title track, a cover version of METALLICA's "One", a ballad named "Farewell Letter", and the video for "Greed".

source : blabbermouth


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Monday, March 29, 2004

CD Review : After Forever "Prison of desire"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:48 CET

The review can be read here

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Australian record industry has just had its best year ever
Posted by: Matze @ 12:18 CET

"Music industry way off track with song and dance about falling sales

Figures show that we're buying albums in record numbers, despite the internet 'freeloaders', writes Steve Cannane.

The Australian record industry has just had its best year ever. But it doesn't want you to know about it. This month ARIA announced its sales figures for last year. In its press release, it talked about Delta, it talked about falling CD singles sales, it talked about the rise in DVD sales, but at no stage did it tell us it was the industry's best year ever. Why bury the good news?

Record industry types aren't usually shy about success. But this time their success is a little embarrassing. For the past few years the industry has argued that file-sharing and CD burning is having a negative impact on sales. But, unfortunately, their own sales figures don't back up their arguments.

ARIA's press release was slugged with a bizarre headline: "Music DVD continues its rise whilst CD singles slide further". A mixed year, you might think. Not so. It took a canny finance reporter, SBS's Peter Martin, to decode the spin. He had access to ARIA sales figures going back to the early 1980s. He worked out what ARIA knew but decided not to share: when sales cracked 50 million albums for the year it was the first time this had happened. And combined sales of all formats for last year climbed to more than 65 million for the first time.

But that's just one year, I hear the record companies say. OK, let's go back to 1998. The year before an 18-year-old college dropout named Shawn Fanning wrote a file-sharing program called Napster, the software that kick-started the downloading boom. In that year Australian record companies sold 39.6 million CD albums. Five years later the figure had gone up to 50.5 million. That makes it hard to argue that downloading and CD copying has been killing sales."

Follow this link to read more.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Andrea Nebel 's "Laguz within the lake" to be released in April/May
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:16 CET

The new album "Laguz Within The Lake" will be released in April/May. For further infos and pre-orders please ask at info@plastichead.com
Andrea is currently proof-reading the Norwegian translation of Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible...

"My new album Laguz – Within The Lake:

I’m not sure how I would describe my new songs. I feel a lot of Hagalaz’
Runedance is kept in the new songs, but I also think there are a lot of
gothic influences, since 80’s gothic, industrial and synth pop inspired me
very much. As a tribute to this era I have made a cover song of Lene Lovich’
s Bird Song, my most influential song. I was just a child when I saw Lene
Lovich sing this song on TV. The ghostly song and her gothic appearance….and
I was mesmerized.

Samples of my new songs can be listened to on mp3 and the new lyrics can be
found in the lyric section…

I aimed to combine my music with my other artistic expressions and the
photos and paintings are images and atmospheres that speak for the songs.
The two drawings are taken from two graphic stories I am working on, I hope
to display samples of them soon in this site…"





Source : http://www.nebelhexe.com/


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Monday, March 22, 2004

Hawkwind's new album is ready
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:39 CET

"Our new album, titled "Take me to your Leader" is now finished and is currently being pressed. A single, 'Spirit of the age', will also be coming out soon and will be promoted on radio etc. anytime now, so keep your ears open! We are currently finalising a promo video for the album and single, which is set in a laboratory in space! We will release more details about all of the above releases as soon as all systems are GO......."

Hawkwind are touring the UK throughout April.

source : Hawkwind.


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Sunday, March 21, 2004

Satan confirmed for Wacken 2004
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:32 CET

Legendary NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band SATAN will reunite in their original "Court In The Act" lineup (including BLITZKRIEG singer Brian Ross and SKYCLAD's Graeme English and Steve Ramsey) for a one-off performance at the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany.



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CD Review : Edguy "Hellfire club"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:39 CET

Review by Tarswelder here :
check it!


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Saturday, March 20, 2004

CD Review : Leash Law "Dogface"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:52 CET

Rockavlon signs this excellent review. Check it here

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Friday, March 19, 2004

CD Review : Finntroll "Trollhammaren"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:08 CET

Review by Max Thrasher
here


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CD Review : Edguy "King of fools"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:08 CET

Review by M.T.
here


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CD Review : Alice Cooper "The eye of Alice"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:07 CET

Review by Max Thrasher

here


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CD Review : Primal Fear "Devil's ground"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:07 CET

Review by Max Thrasher
here


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CD Review : The Great Kat "Wagner's war"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:06 CET

by Max Thrasher from New Zeland

The review


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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Skyclad's new album official release date
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:20 CET

Tadam.. (drum rolls)
"A semblance of normality" will be released on monday 24th may 2004.
Source : direct from Kevin Ridley who got live confirmation in the clad chatroom from the label.


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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Louisa John-Krol working on new album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:02 CET

Louisa is working on her 5th album which will evoke the themes of pentacle and the myth of Persephone. To be released by Prikosnovénie. A tour will follow.

Source : obskure.com


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CD Review : Skyclad "A semblance of normality"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:48 CET

Check it there. No joke. But big spoilers inside.

A semblance of normality


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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

CD Review : Dream Theater "Train of thought"
Posted by: Pax @ 8:02 CET

Dream Theatre: Train of Thought

Click here


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Gig Review : Dream Theater in LA
Posted by: Pax @ 8:01 CET

Dream Theatre: Live in LA

Click here


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Savatage News
Posted by: Pax @ 8:00 CET

Hail the Duke for giving us this Savatage related news:

Savatage will headline the Prog Power V festival in Atlanta, this September. (I think it is two nights. Sept. 16 and 17) Savatage wants to do something special for this show, so for this ONE TIME ONLY, Savatage will bring back Zak Stevens (vocalist) and Steve Wacholz (the original drummer) to play with them. THIS IS NOT A BAND CHANGE! IT IS FOR ONE TIME ONLY! Also, Johnny Lee Middleton (bass) will not be present at this show, for some reason (probably due to prior commitments), so Kevin Rothney (Circle II Circle; JOP) will be playing bass that night. If anyone lives in Atlanta, GO TO THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

MORE SAVA-RELATED NEWS: The following is a direct quotation. I think it is from the Drummer of "Tage Mahal" :

"Jon Oliva's -Tage Mahal" is now the official name for the solo project of Savatage mastermind, Jon Oliva.

"Tage Mahal" will be performing a "sneak preview" of the new record at Prog-Power V in Atlanta, GA. on September 16 & 17. This is the premier metal festival in the US. Make your plans to be there and remember that this show sold out in under 2 weeks last year. Tickets go on sale May 1. Further information can be found at: www.progpowerusa.com

"Tage Mahal" is currently in week 2 of recording. Jon is joined, both in the studio and on tour, by the former members of Circle II Circle: Chris Kinder, Kevin Rothney, Matt LaPorte and John Zahner. The album is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release.

Further information regarding Jon Oliva's "Tage Mahal" can be found at the official site: www.jonoliva.net

Duke sez: Isn't that a cool name for a Jon Oliva solo project? "Tage Mahal" as in "Taj Mahal" and "Tage" as in "Savatage"

MORE SAVA-RELATED NEWS- Chris Caffery (guitarist from Savatage) is now working on a solo album. Unless plans change, it will be out this year, and it will have 2 discs (30 songs total). For more info, go to www.chriscaffery.com

MORE SAVA-RELATED NEWS- New TSO album out this Christmas (supposedly).

SAVATAGE NEWS: According to a recent interview with Jon Oliva, there will be a new Savatage album out in 2005. There will also be a DVD, and a huge tour and maybe other surprises as well. (it will be the 25th anniversary of the band, and they want to do something special).There was supposed to be a new Sava album out more recently (probably 2003). Jon had written a whole bunch of songs, but then he threw them away at the last minute. He said that the songs he had written were good, but that they sounded exactly like stuff he's written before. He does not want to give the fans a "Dead Winter Dead" part II, or a "Poets And Madmen" part II. He wants the new Sava-album to be fresh and different and amazing. I, for one, am happy that he is doing this. It will take more time for the album to come out, but it will be worth it in the end. If he had been a stupid sell-out artist, he would've said, "whatever, just put the album out, whatever gets me money." But he isn't doing that, he wants to give the band and the fans a great album!

(note: apart from the Tage Mahal news, none of these are direct quotes)


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Monday, March 15, 2004

Carol Tatum/Angels of Venice News
Posted by: Pax @ 11:24 CET

Carol Tatum is hard at work writing the new Angels of Venice album. No song titles yet, but you'll be sure to see them here first.

Also, Carol just finished shooting on the new Lenny Wolf video "Silhouette Paintings" from Lenny's forthcoming album, where Carol will also be playing harp. Lenny Wolf is the singer from the great 80's Metal band Kingdom Come, and this promises to be a stellar contribution to the world of Metal.


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Sunday, March 14, 2004

Mediaeval baebes news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:34 CET

Medieval Baebes are working on their new album to be recorded in April and to be released in November 2004.

(source : MB's official site)


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Inkubus Sukkubus working on remixes
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:31 CET

Inkubus Sukkubus have begun work on an album of re-mixes for release later in the year. They will be re-recording some of the tracks and using different sounds.

(source : inkubus sukkubus's official site)


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Ataraxia 'Saphir' concept album scheduled for a spring release.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:23 CET

CD foreseen for springtime 2004 by Cruel Moon International / Cold Meat Industry - Sweden.
Two years after the release of our last full-lenght Cd we are proud to announce 'SAPHIR'
the new concept album.
It will be inspired by the magical, symbolic and mystic nature of gardens.
Gardens of all ages linked to different geographic areas (as the hanging gardens of Babylon,
the Arabian gardens, the medieval hortus conclusum, the zen garden and the English romantic
gardens) have been the starting point of our musical research. The garden has been often
represented as an universal door to cross this dimension to enter the one of myth and dream.
The harmony governing the elements composing a garden is the same governing the elements
composing music and all of this creates beauty.
In 'SAPHIR', nature and art are mixed together to contrast an environment and life-style mainly
based on what is functional and productive; we focus our attention on the most precious gift the
human being should never be obliged to renounce to, i.e. the freedom to dream and an aesthetic
taste for life.
Music will be rich and nuanced. Classic and flamenco guitars, romantic pianos, pads of atmospheric
keyboards, noble sonatas, epic tunes, rich back vocals, Francesca's vocal broderies and a great
use of eastern and classic percussions from darbouka, to bendhir, frame-drums, timpani, udu,
cymbals and bells played by our new talented percussionist Riccardo Spaggiari.
The precious booklet will contain numerous photos, the lyrics and some interesting
writings about gardens.
Songs : Azar, Outremer, Jardin de lune, The gentle sleep, Rue bleue, D'arc et d'harpe,
De pourpre et d'argent, A green for her voice, Blood of cherries, Of asphodel.
...



(Source ataraxia site)


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Sonata Arctica working on new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:19 CET

Finland's melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have started recording their
new album.
The yet untitled follow-up to "Winterheart's Guild" shall be released
later this year.

(source NB newsletter).


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Thy Majestie writing new stuff
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:04 CET

Italy's THY MAJESTIE have completed the songwriting sessions for their new album and are currently putting the finishing touches to the lyrics and the arrangements, according to a post on the band's web site. The group, who were previously signed to the Italian label Scarlet Records, are still looking for a new record deal. "We are finishing [the recording of] some demo versions [of our new songs] and we'll send them to some labels," the band write.

THY MAJESTIE's last studio album, "Hastings 1066", was released in 2002.

(source blabbermouth)


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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Therion news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:17 CET

Sweden's THERION will be issuing two albums, "Sirius B" and "Lemuria", on May 24 through Nuclear Blast Records. The CDs will be released separately to start with, but will be made available in a single double-CD package within a couple of months of the original album release.

According to a post on the band's web site, "This release will be pressed as much as people buy it during these two months and after that what ever left in stores and distribution channels can continue to sell as long as it lasts. You can consider this special offer as a present from THERION to the fans."

With regards to how THERION came to record so much material this time around, a posting on the group's web site states, "After the touring was finished the band started to work on the album that [mainman Christofer Johnsson] was having in mind to make before the idea of a Nordic album had come up. Meanwhile there had been a lot of new songs written, so the 7 songs on the shelf had grown to a huge number of songs, which increased even more as time went by and also Kristian [Niemann, lead guitar] and Johan [Niemann, bass] contributed with several compositions to the pot. When the time felt right to start putting all the ideas and songs together to an album, they discovered that they had 55 (!) songs some of them being not entirely finished though. Discussions were made on how to do things with such a huge source of song material and they ended up deciding that they had enough good material for 3 (!) albums. They decided to record and release two of them simultaneously to catch up with their creativity (else there would probably be 55 more songs written by the time they get to record the third album in this trilogy).

"The recording sessions started in Modern Art and besides instruments like drums, bass, guitars, balalaikas, domras and mandolines, the lead vocals and most of the opera soloist singers were recorded there. Then a huge symphonic orchestra, grand piano, harpsichord, some opera soloists and a 32 people strong choir were recorded in Prague. A real church organ was recorded at the oldest church of Copenhagen and finally they entered the Sun Studio with Denmark's finest producer Lars Nissen to make some additional recordings of Hammond organ and mellotrone before finally mixing this huge mass of songs there.

"The results of 171 people involved with playing/singing and over 9 months of recording and mixing were finally put together and were named 'Lemuria' and 'Sirius B'. Scheduled to be released the 24th of May (2004), these twin records will hopefully convince people that THERION is a band that just have begun their musical odyssey and that the journey will both surprise, tease and astonish both their long time loyal fans as well as new listeners for many years to come.

"As drummer Richard suddenly decided he didn't want to be a permanent member and had him self tied up with other projects, THERION decided to use a session drummer for the upcoming tours."

"Sirius B" track listing:

01. Blood of Kingu
02. Son of the Sun
03. The Khlysti Evangelist
04. Dark Venus Persephone
05. Kali Yuga Part 1
06. Kali Yuga Part 2
07. The Wonderous World of Punt
08. Melek Taus
09. Call of Dagon
10. Sirius B
11. The Voyage of Gurdjieff

"Lemuria" track listing:

01. Typhon
02. Uthark Runa
03. Three Ships of Berik, Part 1: Calling to Arms and Fighting the Battle
04. Three Ships of Berik, Part 2: Victory!
05. Lemuria
06. Quetzalcoatl
07. The Dreams of Swedenborg
08. An Arrow From the Sun
09. Abraxas
10. Feuer Overtüre/Prometheus Entfesselt

THERION's last studio CD, "Secret of the Runes", was released in 2001.


(source : perpetual motion board)


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Friday, March 12, 2004

Lee Morris leaves Paradise Lost
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:49 CET

PARADISE LOST have parted ways with drummer Lee Morris due to "personal and musical differences." No replacement has been named as yet, although the new album will continue to be recorded as previously planned. "We are sorry to see Lee go, and wish him all the best for the future," the band said in a statement. Morris added, "I think it was always going to be difficult integrating myself into an already established set-up, and although we have always had a varying degree of opinions, attitude and ethics on things over the last nine years, we have usually always managed to find a happy medium. However, I think that over the last year, the divide has really grown to a point where compromise is no longer really an option for any of us to maintain a healthy working relationship. I have complete respect for the band on this decision at this stage in their career, and I want to wish them every success on the forthcoming album and thank them for the good times. As for me, I'm not sure what the future has in store yet, but I do believe that all things in life happen for a reason and as one door closes another opens, so here's to new beginnings."

Lee Morris can still be contacted by emailing: lee@paradiselost.co.uk

As previously reported, PARADISE LOST are tentatively scheduled to enter the studio in April with producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Symbol Of Life", tentatively due before the end of the year through G.U.N./BMG Records (in Europe). "Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Fulber and was released in the U.S. through Koch Entertainment.

Source : blabbermouth


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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Bay Area's Heavy Metal HEATHEN Back For More
Posted by: Matze @ 9:10 CET

HEATHEN - www.heatheninc.com

Now RECOVERED - Bay Area's Heavy Metal HEATHEN Back For More...
San Francisco, CA, March 8, 2004 - Long awaited third recording from the Bay Area's heavy metal band HEATHEN scheduled for release on March 31, 2004. Titled RECOVERED, the band began this project in 1992, but tracks remained archived and unfinished until 2003 when, with the help of engineer and co-producer Rob Beaton, the salvaged early recordings were completed for the new 9 song disc.
Covers of Death on Two Legs by Queen, Holy War by Thin Lizzy, Hellbound by Tigers of Pan Tang, Eye of the Storm by Sweet Savage are clear indicators why this band was one of - if not the - best bands to come out of the 80's thrash metal days. The newest original track, In memory of?.written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and his girlfriend, as well as lead vocal David White's brother Jeffrey whose untimely losses occurred in 1991 has deep personal meaning to the band members. The remaining songs that make up this full-length album are tracks from Heathen's Opiate of the Masses demo, the pre-production to their 1991 release Victims of Deception. These include Hypnotized, Opiate of the Masses, Timeless Cell of Prophecy and Mercy is No Virtue.The band wanted to include these tracks to preserve and to share with the hardcore fans around the world. Recovered is just a taste of what is to come, the band is currently writing what will soon be a collection of all new and all original songs for its up coming release in the near future!
The bands first release Breaking the Silence debuted in 1987 to great reviews and garnered heavy airplay followed by a US tour. The video for single Set me Free debuted on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, giving the band greater exposure and is found now in rotation on VH-1's Metal Mania. Followed up by 1991's critically acclaimed second release Victims of Deception the bands sound was noticeably heavier and more intelligent. After reforming in 2001 for benefit concert Thrash of the Titans in San Francisco, the band was invited to attend Wacken 2002 open air concert in Hamburg, Germany. Re-energized after their return, the band went back into the studio to pick up where they left off resulting in the upcoming release of Recovered.
Limited Edition signed Digipacks available on Heathen's website www.heatheninc.com
"This is the chance to get a glimpse of Heathen of yesterday, today and tomorrow," said lead singer Dave White about Heathen Uncovered, an extended play DVD to closely follow the CD release. It features a new music video, behind the scenes rehearsal footage, in-depth interviews, photo gallery and lots of Heathen uncovered. Pre-orders are available from www.heatheninc.com mid-March.
The band would like to thank you all for your support, and would like to hear from you, visit Heathen at www.heatheninc.com, or email at heatheninfo@astound.net or write to us at Heathen 1860 Cannon dr. Walnut Creek Ca 94597 thank you again!!!!

source: email :)


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Tuesday, March 9, 2004

More Schandmaul mp3 clips
Posted by: Matze @ 22:29 CET

http://www.fame-recordings.de/sounds/schandmaul/snippet_tyrann.mp3
http://www.fame-recordings.de/sounds/schandmaul/snippet_kalte_spuren.mp3
http://www.fame-recordings.de/sounds/schandmaul/snippet_die_flucht.mp3


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Suidakra: looking for guitarist/vocalist
Posted by: Matze @ 8:21 CET

"We are currently looking for a new additional guitar player and singer -> Read more (German language only). But don't worry, the current line-up will not be changing anytime soon."

source: http://www.suidakra.com


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Sunday, March 7, 2004

Fiddler's Green, Therion, Tristania, Within Temptaion confirmed for M´era Luna 2004
Posted by: Matze @ 11:04 CET

M´era Luna 2004
07./08. August
Hildesheim (Germany) - Flugplatz Drispenstedt

WOLFSHEIM
LACRIMOSA
WITHIN TEMPTATION

COVENANT * IN EXTREMO
L'AME IMMORTELLE * ANNE CLARK
FAITH & THE MUSE * THERION

FUNKER VOGT * DE/VISION * TRISTANIA
SUICIDE COMMANDO * DULCE LIQUIDO
SAMSAS TRAUM * WELLE ERDBALL * GOTHMINISTER

CLAN OF XYMOX * FIDDLERS GREEN * ICON OF COIL
SCHANDMAUL * THE FAIR SEX * ASP * DECODED FEEDBACK
SALTATIO MORTIS * CHAMBER * ROTER SAND * COLD * SOMAN


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Saturday, March 6, 2004

Schandmaul: new mp3 clips
Posted by: Matze @ 22:57 CET

Thanks to Turismo for sending in the following news:

Schandmaul posted 2 snippets of their upcoming Album "Wie Pech und
Schwefel" on their website www.schandmaul.de. So go and check their
download section!


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CD Review: The Gathering - Sleepy buildings
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:32 CET

Review can be read here

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Annihilator set release date for new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:14 CET

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have set a May 24 European release date through Germany's AFM Records for their new album, "All For You". A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips.

As previously reported, "All For You" (view cover here) marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI) following the departure of Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) in early October.

"All For You" track listing (not final sequence):

01. All For You
02. Weapon X
03. The Nightmare Factory
04. The One
05. Demon Dance
06. Rage Absolute
07. Both Of Me
08. Bled
09. Dr. Psycho
10. Holding On
11. The Sound Of Horror

Commented mainman Jeff Waters in a recent online posting: "[The song 'Weapon X'] is probably the most brutal ANNIHILATOR song EVER written. I honestly would compare it to 'Battery' by METALLICA ? and I would NEVER ever try to compare something I did with a classic tune like that unless I could back I up. Dave, Mike and I can!

"The song 'All For You' will 'probably' be the single as it is one of those darn tootin' tunes that you will hear once and NOT be able to forget the chorus!"

With regards to the songwriting process for the new album, Waters said, "I demoed 18 songs [using a drum machine]. Weeded out the weakest ones and then got Dave/Mike to do their stuff over the 11 I picked. It was [actually] 12, but one was noticeably weak ? could [have] made it on any other CD, but not this one."

Source : blabbermouth


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Chuck Schuldiner's "zero tolerance" release
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:12 CET

Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records) has set "Zero Tolerance" (view cover here) as the title of the upcoming collection of unfinished recordings made by late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, due in Europe on March 22.

As previously reported, Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, began work on the sophomore CONTROL DENIED album (under the working title "When Machine and Man Collide") but never managed to complete the effort before his health quickly deteriorated in the months leading up to his tragic death. The remaining members of the group ? bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy ? subsequently announced their desire to complete the CD and release it in Chuck's memory, but legal hassles between Schuldiner's family and Hammerheart Records (to whom Chuck was signed at the time of his death) put the entire project on hold. Schuldiner's mother Jane has issued several statements over the course of the last few months denouncing the label's plans to release the incomplete recordings without the family's consent, going so far as to threaten to make any recordings released by Karmageddon available as a free download on Chuck's official web site, EmptyWords.org.

Source : blabbermouth


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Thursday, March 4, 2004

Pop band foils Car Thief
Posted by: Pax @ 21:29 CET

The back up band of pop singer Beyonce foiled an attempted mugging and car theft yesterday.

For the full story:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/03/04/people.beyonce.ap/index.html

And no, it's not really music with soul, but I thought it was a cool story.

edit stephane : it's not really music with soul. It's not really about music. And it's not really something that has its place in the news section of the zine. Move it to tsking board please.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Ayreon confirm release date for new album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:48 CET

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will release their latest CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", in Europe on May 24 through InsideOut Music. The U.S. will receive the album one day later (May 25). Release dates for other countries will follow shortly. A single (view cover here) containing the radio edit of the song "Day Eleven: Love" plus the full album track "Day Two: Isolation" will precede the album.

According to AYREON's official newsletter, "with the exception of 'Actual Fantasy', AYREON albums have never before featured bonus tracks because Arjen always felt that extra songs would ruin the flow of his stories that always have a clear beginning and end.

"While working with singers in the studio however, Arjen suddenly had the idea to ask some of the vocalists participating on 'Ayreon: The Human Equation' if they would like to sing on an extra track. And they did... sang these vocals on the spot ? with amazing results! That left Arjen with one problem... These songs should be released somehow!

"Therefore, included on the single will be two cover versions as extra tracks. One is a stunning rendition of LED ZEPPELIN's 'No Quarter' sung by Devon Graves, Magnus Ekwall, Eric Clayton and James LaBrie. And the other is a very powerful and moving version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Space Oddity' sung by Eric Clayton. The single will go on sale April 19, 2004 in Europe ONLY."


Source : blabbermouth


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Tuesday, March 2, 2004

LACUNA COIL: very successful in the US
Posted by: Matze @ 23:07 CET

"Before embarking on this summer's Ozzfest, the ethereal Italian six-piece LACUNA COIL will complete a national U.S. theatre tour alongside P.O.D., BLINDSIDE and HAZEN ST. The major market trek will kick off on May 1 and run though mid-June, hitting over 40 cities. With sales of their new album "Comalies" already surpassing the 60,000 Nielsen SoundScan mark and the P.O.D. tour preceding Ozzfest, LACUNA COIL should soon be well-known as a leading force in modern rock.

The commercial radio support surrounding "Heaven's A Lie" has been nothing short of phenomenal. The hit single is currently being played at over 70 active rock stations throughout the U.S., while the group's sales continue to climb each week. The track's video has achieved similar success as "Heaven's A Lie" was not only the first "metal" video to be featured on Fuse's "Oven Fresh" program (a weekly viewer's choice competition), but also the first to win beating out such acclaimed mainstream acts as BRITNEY SPEARS, MAROON 5 and PINK.

LACUNA COIL w/ P.O.D., BLINDSIDE and HAZEN ST. tour dates:

May 01 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
May 03 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
May 04 - Dallas, TX - NextStage
May 05 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre
May 07 - St. Louis, MO - The Pagaent
May 08 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagle's Ballroom
May 09 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
May 11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
May 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rock Jungle
May 15 - Columbus, OH - Promo West Pavilion
May 16 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
May 19 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
May 20 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
May 22 - Washington, DC - TBA
May 23 - Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Center @ ODU
May 25 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
May 27 - Detroit, MI - State Theatre
May 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
May 30 - Boston, MA - TBA
Jun. 01 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Jun. 02 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
Jun. 04 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Jun. 05 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
Jun. 06 - Minneapolis, MN - Quest
Jun. 08 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Jun. 09 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center / Reds
Jun. 11 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Jun. 12 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
Jun. 13 - Portland, OR - Roseland
Jun. 15 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
Jun. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
Jun. 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Joint
Jun. 19 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
Jun. 20 - San Diego, CA - Soma"

source: blabbermouth.net


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Sunday, February 29, 2004

German music industry wants to cut artist royalties
Posted by: Matze @ 9:46 CET

Acording to this article the german music industry has plans to cut down artist royalties from 9,009% to 5,6% of the price of a sold CD.

:(


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Saturday, February 28, 2004

CD Review : Alan Stivell "Compilation master serie"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:52 CET

Review by Mighty Salamander :)
Check it there


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Friday, February 27, 2004

Bloodjunkies- New Shows and Downloads
Posted by: Pax @ 4:03 CET

LA's the Blood Junkies have 3 new live video clips up for download at www.blood-junkies.com
Go check them out!


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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:03 CET

Added :
haggard awaking the centuries
napalm death suffer the children
coalminer's beat land of green


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Gary Moore new album in may
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:44 CET

Legendary guitarist Gary Moore is scheduled to release a new studio album in late May through Sanctuary Records. The as-yet-untitled 10-track set will feature some blues standards, together with plenty of blues rock originals, which have been recorded over the past three months. The complete track listing is still undecided at this time, but hopefully will be finalized in the next week or so. Joining Gary on the album is regular drummer Darrin Mooney and an ex-band member, Bob Daisley (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) on bass, who was last heard on the "Still Got the Blues" CD in 1990.

In other news, BBC Radio 2 will be airing the program "Breaking the Barricades - The Story of Ulster Rock" on Saturday, February 28at 9:00 p.m. GMT. In the show Gary can be heard talking about his early playing days in Ireland and the various bands he was associated with during that time. The show is presented by former UNDERTONES frontman, Fergal Sharkey, who provides an insight into the rock and roll side of music from Northern Ireland. The show can be heard over the Internet at this location.

Also on the Moore-related front, the May edition of Guitar Player magazine will feature an article on the U.S. release of the "Monsters of Rock" live CD and DVD (featuring Moore), along with an interview with Gary.

Source : blabbermouth


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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Celtic Frost: possible CF/HH "Anthology" release
Posted by: Matze @ 23:04 CET

Celtic Frost and Sanctuary Records might start working on a two-CD slipcase "Anthology", covering both Celtic Frost's and Hellhammer's career, soon.

For details check out the news section at http://www.celticfrost.com


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CD Review : Haggard "awaking the centuries"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:10 CET

A review from the year 2000 release of Haggard.
Check it here


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APARTMENT 26: New Music Available For Listening
Posted by: Matze @ 9:31 CET

"Two new tracks from APARTMENT 26's new album "Music For The Massive", have been posted online for listening. You can check out the tracks "Kick To Head" and "Book (Be My Friend)", along with the group's current single, "Give Me More", at this location.

"Music For The Massive" was produced by Tchad Blake and APARTMENT 26 at Real World Studios - Peter Gabriel's state-of-the-art recording studios in Wiltshire near Bath, England. It is the follow-up to 2000's "Hallucinating", which was issued through Hollywood Records.

APARTMENT 26 feature in their ranks singer Biff Butler - son of former BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler."

source: blabbermouth.net

"Music For The Massive" was released yesterday trough Atlantic Records.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Radio Playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:42 CET

Two new tracks added :
Emerald the little elf in the forest
emerald The eyes of shadow


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CD Review : Emerald "Emerald"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:49 CET

An outstanding medieval new act. Their first album is reviewed here

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The Gathering, Within Temptation confirmed for Zillo Festival
Posted by: Matze @ 17:38 CET

ZILLO FESTIVAL 2004

16./17./18. Juli 2004
LORELEY FREILICHTBÜHNE in St. Goarshausen

WITHIN TEMPTATION
SKINNY PUPPY (excl. @Zillo)
ALIEN SEX FIEND (excl. @Zillo)
BLUTENGEL
DAS ICH
DEATHSTARS
FAUN
IN EXTREMO
LAIBACH
LACUNA COIL
SUICIDE COMMANDO
SCHANDMAUL
:SITD:
SEROTONINE
THE GATHERING
UMBRA ET IMAGO

http://www.zillo.de


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BLAZE Set Release Date For 'Blood and Belief'
Posted by: Matze @ 8:47 CET

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have set an April 26 European release date through SPV Records for their third album, "Blood and Belief" (view cover here).

BLAZE utilized the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension", which took place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group was bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, MESSIAH'S KISS), who has fulfilled most of last year's touring commitments with the band following the departure of Rob Naylor last April.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Monday, February 23, 2004

Delirious confirmed for Dong Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 16:12 CET

Dong Open Air
16.07.-17.07 2004
Neukirchen-Vluyn near Krefeld, Germany

Vintersorg
Suidakra
Delirious
My Darkest Hate
Insignium
Seraphim
Disillusion
Equilibrium
Asterius
The Rules
Humanity
Crikey
Chainheart

http://www.dongopenair.de


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Nightwish confirmed for Dynamo Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 15:13 CET

Dynamo Open Air 2004
5. June
The Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Holland

Slayer
Life of Agony
Dimmu Borgir
Nightwish
Children of Bodom


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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Interview with Lief Sorbye (Tempest)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:55 CET

Interview by blue horse. You can read it here

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Daniel Conca passes away
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:40 CET

The following message was posted by JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody:

"It is with great sadness that I announce that Daniel Conca has passed away.

"Daniel sang for JAG PANZER during the 'Dissident Alliance' era. This included the album 'Dissident Alliance' and the subsequent tour with OVERKILL in Europe.

"Daniel and I remained close friends after he left the band. He was always a good friend and very supportive of my music.

"Daniel leaves behind his wife Becky and children Madonna and Tristen."

Daniel Conca was 39 years old at the time of his death.

Source : blabbermouth


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Letzte Instanz split [updated]
Posted by: Matze @ 15:28 CET

Letzte Instanz' vocalist Robin has left the band to concentrate on his career as an actor, and guitarist Tin and bassist Fx are no longer with the Instanz, too. It seems like Fx needs more time for his booking agency and his kid(s) and Tin, being frustrated by Robin's departure, has not only quit the band but music business in general. Remaining members Holly D., Das O., Benni Cellini, Muttis Stolz and Specki T.D are looking for new musicians at the moment.

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Finntroll album pushed back a week
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:54 CET

FINNTROLL's new full-length album, "Nattfödd", will be released in Europe (excluding Finland) on April 26 ? one week later than originally announced. A Finnish release is expected on April 13. The band will still be issuing a five-song EP, "Trollhammaren", on March 15 through Century Media Records. Both records were recorded and mixed at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland in November 2003 by Tuomo Valtonen and were produced by keyboardist Trollhorn. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. As on their previous records, the band successfully combines black metal with very melodic folk elements and humppa, a kind of polka, in such a powerful and highly entertaining way that even the hardest of metalheads are pleased to join the dance.

"Nattfödd" track listing:

01. Vindfärd / Människopesten
02. Eliytres
03. Fiskarens Fiende
04. Trollhammaren
05. Nattfödd
06. Ursvamp
07. Marknadsvisan
08. Det Iskalla Trollblod
09. Grottans Barn
10. Routas Vaggvisa

"Trollhammaren" track listing:

01. Trollhammaren
02. Hemkomst
03. Skog
04. Försvinn Du Som Lyser
05. Helvete

Upcoming FINNTROLL shows:

Feb. 28 - Piorno Rock - Granada, SPA
Mar. 27 - Axefeast in Kåren - Göteborg, SWE
Apr. 14 ? London - Underworld, UK
Apr. 15 ? Weert - Bosuil, NETH
Apr. 16 - Den Bosch - Willem II, NETH
Apr. 17 ? Vosselaar - Biebob, BEL
Apr. 18 ? Amsterdam - Melkweg, NETH
Apr. 19 ? Essen - Zeche Carl, GER
Apr. 20 ? Munster (Breitefeld) - Live Arena, GER
Apr. 21 ? Hamburg - Marx, GER
Apr. 22 ? Berlin - Halford, GER
Apr. 23 ? Glauchau - Alte Spinerei, GER
Apr. 24 ? Wien - Planete Music, AUT
Apr. 25 ? Salzburg - Rockhouse, A
Apr. 26 ? Innsbruck - Hafen, AUT
Apr. 27 ? Budapest - Megaclub, HUN
Apr. 28 ? Ljubljana - Orto Club, SLO
Apr. 29 ? Milano - Transilvania, ITA
Apr. 30 ? Zofingen - Ox, SWI
May 01 ? Aalen - Rock it, GER
Jun. 19 ? Waldrock - Burgum, NETH
Jul. 31 - Gates Of Metal ? Hultsfred, SWE

source : blabbermouth


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Saturday, February 21, 2004

Waltari: Tour with Subway to Sally, mp3 Download
Posted by: Matze @ 10:53 CET

An mp3 clip from the upcoming Waltari album "Rare Species" is available for downloaded at this location.

Tour Dates:

07. - 15. April zusammen mit / together with Subway To Sally

Wed 07.04. D-Hameln - Sumpfblume
Thu 08.04. D-Kiel - Halle 101
Sat 10.04. D-Münster - Jovel Music Hall
Sun 11.04. D-Krefeld - Kulturfabrik
Mon 12.04. CH-Pratteln - Z7
Tue 13.04. D-Ingolstadt - Ohrakel
Wed 14.04. D-Stuttgart - LKA
Thu 15.04. D-Darmstadt - Centralstation

Support 17. - 29. April: Remember Twilight

Sat 17.04. CZ-Prague - Palac Akropolis
Sun 18.04. D-Berlin - Knaack
Mon 19.04. D-Aschaffenburg - Colossaal
Tue 20.04. D-Hannover - Faust
Wed 21.04. D-Giessen - Muk
Thu 22.04. D-Heidelberg - Schwimmbad
Fri 23.04. D-Duisburg - Pulp
Sat 24.04. D-Köln - Underground
Sun 25.04. D-Hamburg - Knust
Tue 27.04. D-Regensburg - Alte Mälzerei
Wed 28.04. D-Konstanz - Kulturladen
Thu 29.04. CH-Winterthur - Endstation


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Gig Review : Schandmaul
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:33 CET

By turismo.
Read it there


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Thursday, February 19, 2004

New After Forever release date
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:05 CET

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have set a March 25 release date through Transmission Records for their new album, "Invisible Circles". The group's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.

AFTER FOREVER have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Pinkpop festival, set to be held May 29-31 in Landgraaf, Holland. Also scheduled to appear are PIXIES and STARSAILOR, with more acts to be announced soon.

Source : blabbermouth


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Dynamo Open Air is back!
Posted by: Matze @ 16:28 CET

"DYNAMO OPEN AIR IS ON!!!

Yes, there will be a Dynamo Open Air this year. The festival will be held for the seventeenth time on SATURDAY JUNE 5th. in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen. Main act at this year's Dynamo will be no other than the mighty

SLAYER!!

There will be a total of fourteen bands, appearing on two stages, pretty much in the same set-up as in the year 2000, when Dynamo was held at the same location. Four bands have been confirmed at this time. Besides Slayer we are proud to announce

LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM.

More names will be added soon. This is just the beginning!. Tickets are 50 euros. The gates will open at 12.00 hours (noon) and the first band goes on at 13.00 hours (1 PM).

More news to follow shortly!!!"

source: http://www.dynamo.nl


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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Einherjer call it a day
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:52 CET

Norway's EINHERJER have officially called it a day. The following is the group's statement on the matter:

"After 11 years, 4 albums and 2 mini-albums, we've decided to split up EINHERJER. We feel that we've made the album we wanted with 'Blot' and therefore a journey of 11 years has come to an end. We would like to thank everybody who has supported us through the years.

"For us, it is time to move on. We are definitively not retiring as musicians, so you haven't heard the last from us yet?

"Regards, Frode, Aksel & Gerhard"


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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

The Jinxs: new album in March
Posted by: Matze @ 10:22 CET

The Jinxs have completed the recordings for their new album. "Infected" is scheduled for release on March 4th through NuTurn Music.

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Monday, February 16, 2004

FAITH & THE MUSE confirmed for M´era Luna 2004
Posted by: Matze @ 8:41 CET

M´era Luna 2004
07./08. August
Hildesheim (Germany) - Flugplatz Drispenstedt

LACRIMOSA
WOLFSHEIM
ANNE CLARK
COVENANT
IN EXTREMO
L'AME IMMORTELLE
FAITH & THE MUSE
DE/VISION
SUICIDE COMMANDO
DULCE LIQUIDO
SAMSAS TRAUM
WELLE ERDBALL
GOTHMINISTER
ICON OF COIL
SCHANDMAUL
FUNKER VOGT
ASP
DECODED FEEDBACK


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Sunday, February 15, 2004

Radio Playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:43 CET

Added : Hans Zimmer "the battle" Gladiator O.S.T.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

More King's X related news
Posted by: Matze @ 13:25 CET

Jerry [Gaskill]'s solo album "Come Somewhere" is to be released by Insideout records on April 27, 2004!! Here's what Doug had to say about the CD:
"Jerrys solo? its finished!!! Its like a good beatles album.. John and George should be proud. its so good it hurts... Ty and Jerry without me..hahah!!! Ty produced and played electric guitar and bass...."
Furthermore someone recently quoted Doug as saying "this is the best release from our camp since Ear Candy."

News from Doug [Pinnick] about Poundhound 3:
"I have gotten 7 songs mixed for PH and will get the rest done in a few weeks."

source: http://www.kingsxonline.com - http://www.kramerskorner.com/kingsx/


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LEMMY, DEE SNIDER, PAGE HAMILTON Among Musicians Contributing To KISS Tribute CD
Posted by: Matze @ 13:21 CET

MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider, [KING'S X Doug Pinnick,] and former HELMET leader Page Hamilton are among the hard rock musicians that have recorded KISS covers for the upcoming tribute album "Spin the Bottle", according to Billboard.com. Due April 27 via Koch, the 11-track set was executive produced by longtime KISS associate Bob Kulick and features appearances by one-time KISS members Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer.

The first pressing of the album will include a 40-minute DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage, performances and interviews with many of the album's participants.

"Spin the Bottle" track listing:

01. DEE SNIDER - "Detroit Rock City"
02. TOMMY SHAW - "Love Gun"
03. MARK SLAUGHTER - "Cold Gin"
04. CHRIS JERICHO - "King of the Night Time World"
05. KIP WINGER - "I Want You"
06. BUZZ OSBORNE - "God of Thunder"
07. PAGE HAMILTON - "Calling Doctor Love"
08. LEMMY KILMISTER - "Shout It Out Loud"
09. DOUG PINNICK - "Parasite"
10. PHIL LEWIS - "Strutter"
11. ROBIN MCAULEY - "I Stole Your Love"

source: blabbermouth.net


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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Haggard: new album
Posted by: Matze @ 23:57 CET

The new Haggard album "Eppur Si Muove" will be released on 22.03.04.

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AC-DC writing new material
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:54 CET

AC/DC have started writing material for their next album, tentatively due before the end of the year.

Fifa Riccobono, the chief executive of Albert Productions, AC/DC's Australian record label and international publisher, has confirmed to Undercover that songs have been written for the next record but the band are yet to start recording.

One thing that AC/DC have no plans to release anytime soon is a "best of" collection, according to Fifa. "They guys aren't interested in a best of. They never have been," she said, as reported by Undercover. "They have had a wonderful philosophy. They don't like compilation albums and have always turned them down."

The band have generally shied away from putting their music to advertising although they have agreed to certain products that fit with their audience. In Australia, Holden has used versions of AC/DC songs "Are You Ready", "Thunderstruck" and "Back In Black" as recorded by a cover band.

AC/DC have also allowed their music to be included in various movies, although they have never endorsed the films. Most recently, "It's A Long Way To The Top" was used in Jack Black's "School of Rock". YOU AM I and TEX PERKINS recorded a version of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" for the Brian Brown/John Goodman film "Dirty Deeds", and the songs of AC/DC will also feature in the upcoming movie "Thunderstruck". The movie is about five friends who decide to visit the grave of Bon Scott after a near-death experience.


source : blabbermouth


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Friday, February 6, 2004

CD Review : Circle II Circle "Watching in silence"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:53 CET

Review by Duke Dubeau, check it here

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Elane about to release a new cd!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:24 CET

Elane is about to release a new cd. 52 min and 13 tracks.
Penny Dreadful team will soon review it (soon means as soon as i get my copy hehe :) )

Edit Stephane : note to our readers : remember who told you first about them. They'll end famous. This is only a beginning.


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Thursday, February 5, 2004

New Dreaditorial
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:51 CET

"Train of consequences - metal is not underground" can be read here!

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WITHIN TEMPTATION: 'Running Up That Hill' Video Posted Online
Posted by: Matze @ 18:42 CET

WITHIN TEMPTATION's video for their cover version of KATE BUSH's "Running Up That Hill" has been posted online at this location. "Running Up That Hill" will be released as a single in Germany on February 16

As previously reported, WITHIN TEMPTATION have just been awarded the "Conamus Export Award" in the category "Best Dutch Band" (an award they also collected in 2002). This prize, which is awarded to Dutch artists who have been successful outside their native country, was made possible through two Top 20 singles and one gold-certified Top Ten album in Germany.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Ensiferum: new mp3 clip
Posted by: Matze @ 18:18 CET

A one minute mp3 sample from the new Ensiferum single "Tale Of Revenge" is available for download at this location.

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Nightwish reveal new album name
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:17 CET

Finland's NIGHTWISH have set "Once" as the title of their forthcoming album, tentatively due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. A release date for the U.S. has yet to be confirmed.

As previously reported, NIGHTWISH will be working with renowned director Antti Jokinen on the video clip for "Nemo", the first single off the upcoming CD. Jokinen has directed music videos for such international artists as CELINE DION, EMINEM and SHANIA TWAIN and is currently in Rome working as an assistant director on Renny Harlin's new film, "Exorcist: The Beginning". The album's second single, "I Wish I Had An Angel", is expected follow a later in the year.

NIGHTWISH will kick off a three-week North American tour on August 16 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


source : blabbermouth


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Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Interview with Phil Smillie (the tannahill weavers)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:27 CET

This interview by blue horse can be read here!

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Rhapsody to release a best of
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:29 CET

Italian symphonic metal band RHAPSODY will have a "best of" CD released via their former label, Limb Music. Titled "Tales From The Emerald Sword Saga", the compilation comprises selected songs from all of their releases beginning with 1997's "Legendary Tales" and ending with 2002's "Power Of The Dragonflame".

"Tales From The Emerald Sword Saga" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Warrior of Ice
02. Rage of the Winter
03. Forest of Unicorns
04. Land of Immortals
05. Emerald Sword
06. Wisdom of the Kings
07. Wings of Destiny
08. Riding the Winds Of Eternity (edit)
09. Dawn of Victory
10. Holy Thunderforce
11. The Village of Dwarves
12. Rain of a Thousand Flames
13. Knightrider of Doom
14. March of the Swordmaster
15. Power of the Dragonflame
16. Lamento Eroico

A special-edition box, featuring a different cover, photo cards, video, poster and a sticker will also be available. This version comes with the "Holy Thunderforce" video clip as a bonus track.

RHAPSODY are currently in the studio recording their new album for a May release through Magic Circle Music/SPV Records.


Source : blabbermouth


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Cradle of filth recording new album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:28 CET

CRADLE OF FILTH will enter the studio on Friday, February 13 to begin recording their Roadrunner Records debut, tentatively titled "Nymphetamine".

The follow-up to last year's "Damnation and a Day" will be produced by ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano, who has previously worked with the group during the mixing stage for "Damnation?".

"Nymphetamine" (roughly translated as the druggish beast-like addiction to beautiful, classical women) will tentatively feature the following tracks:

01. Medusa And Hemlock
02. Nemesis
03. Prey
04. Gilded Cunt
05. Absinthe With Faust
06. Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette
07. Coffin Fodder
08. Filthy Little Secret
09. Gabrielle
10. Swansong For A Raven

CRADLE OF FILTH bassist David Pybus had previously described the new material as an "eclectic mix between the group's 'Damnation..' and 'Cruelty...' albums with a renewed vigor for melody, songmanship and plain fucking weirdness spat into the smelting bowl."

"Nymphetamine" is tentatively set for an early June release.


Source : Blabbermouth


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Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Skyclad @ Celtic Warriors 11th Birthday Bash
Posted by: Matze @ 19:03 CET

According to this site, Skyclad will appear at the Celtic Warriors 11th Birthday Bash:

Celtic Warriors 11th Birthday Bash
Fri 16 - Sun 18 April 2004

Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, nr. Huntingdon, Cambs

Line-up:

Friday Night:
Shamus Oblivion
Dumpy's Rusty Nuts
Tygers of Pang Tang
Robin BB Band

Saturday Afternoon:
Sacred Hearts
Untamed

Saturday night:
Skyclad
Saxon
A Surprise Headline Band
Barefoot

For more information check out the contact details at celticwarriors.org.


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RockHarz Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 14:02 CET

RockHarz Open Air
Osterode / Dorste, Germany
18. + 19. June '04

Four bands have been confirmed and four bands have cancelled their gigs at the RockHarz. Here's the current line-up:

SUBWAY TO SALLY
U.D.O.
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
TANKARD
SACRED STEEL
BURDEN OF GRIEF
MAJESTY
EDGE OF THORNS
DISBELIEF
CIRCLE II CIRCLE
THE ATMOSFEAR
FEAR OF THE DAWN


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Monday, February 2, 2004

Patrick Rondat news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:55 CET

Patrick Rondat has inked a new solo deal with the French label Nothing To Say (NTS) Records and is in the process of recording his fifth solo album, "Ephemeral World".

The self-produced album will contain 10 new songs, including an adaptation of a piece by Bach, and will feature as-yet-undisclosed "bonus" material. Drums for the CD were recorded in Germany at Bazement Studios with Dirk Bruinenburg. Bass duties were handled by Patrice Guers.

The album is scheduled for release in March/April and will be followed by promotional showcases, demos and "hopefully a tour," according to a posting on Rondat's web site.

Source : blabbermouth


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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Vintersorg "the focusing blur" release date
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:01 CET

Release date for the upcoming album is set to 16 February '04!
details :

Prologue Dialogue- the reason
The essence
The Thesis's seasons
Matrix odyssey
Star puzzled
A sphere in a sphere? (to infinity)
A microscopical macrocosm
Blindsight complexity
Dark Matter mystery (blackbody spectrum)
Curtains
Artifacts of Chaos (instrumental)
Epilogue Metalogue-sharpen your mind tools


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Tristania to record new cd in april and may 04
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:59 CET

Tristania has booked Toproom Studio with Børge Finstad as producer for the recording of the upcoming album. The recording will occur in April and May 2004

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Thy Majestie change of singer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:56 CET

We are proud to announce the new singer, Gabriele Grilli. He is known with the monicker "Nightcomer" when he recorded the debut album of the epic metallers Doomsword. Gabriele is a great talent, with a powerful voice , melodic and theatrical that sometime can remember the best performace of Bruce Dickinson but with is own incredible personality. Special thanks to Alessandro Del Vecchio, from Fury N Grace, the other Gabriele's band.
We can't wait to begin to work with him to create an unforgettable new album !

If you are just curious about his voice you can download 3 samples, one is the extracted from Doomsword's debut album, the song is entitled "One Eyed God" , the second one is taken from the trial he did to become Thy Majestie's singer and the third is a little surprise that Gabriele did for us , an acoustic version of a piece of "Through the Bridge of Spears" , it 's an home-recording but it's worth a listen !
1- Gabriele-Doomsword : http://www.thymajestie.com/mp3/Doomsword-Lele.mp3

2-Gabriele-Echoes : http://www.thymajestie.com/mp3/Echoes-Lele.mp3

3- Acoustic-Bridge : http://www.thymajestie.com/mp3/acoustic-bridge.wav


18th November 2003
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Dario Grillo left ! Due to personal reasons Dario is no more the singer of Thy Majestie and he'll follow his soloist career. New singer will be announced soon , stay tuned!

On November 24th Scarlet Records will release a mini-CD entitled "Echoes of War" . The mini will contain the song "Echoes of War", "Hywelbane", a very short guitar intro, and two songs featured as bonus tracks in Thy Majestie's japanese and brazilian previous release : "Facing the beast" and a cover of Stryper's "In God We Trust".



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Mediaeval Baebes working on new songs
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:49 CET

We are now hard at work writing and rehearsing our new album which we hope will be released in the Autumn. You will be pleased to know that our Christmas completion album Mistletoe & Wine is our fastest selling album in the US to date.



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New Loreena Mc Kennitt cd in september 2005?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:48 CET

That's actually what was written in her new year's messsage on her official site.
Damn... Having to wait till sept 05???!!! argh...
:(


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Dark Sanctuary's new cd to be released in February
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:32 CET

2004-01-23 - The new album is ready ! It's called "les Mémoires Blessées", and will be release in Feb - March 2004. A limited edition will be available. Some concerts are also planned in France, Italy Spain and Germany. More info soon

(source : Dark Sanctuary's official site).


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New Megadeth mp3!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:27 CET

Megadeth.com is currently hosting a clip of "new MEGADETH music" along with an audio message from Dave Mustaine. Check it out here!

Mustaine is currently collaborating with one-time MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland on new MEGADETH material which he plans to release later in the year through the Sanctuary label. Bassist Jimmy Sloas and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta have also contributed to the album, which Mustaine expects to have done by the end of March.

(Source : blabbermouth)


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CD Review : Franck Gambale "Coming to your senses"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:24 CET

Wanna some fusion guitar virtuoso stuff? Check this Review!

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CD Review : Believer "Dimensions"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:23 CET

Second part of DeSade's delicacy (special Believer).
Check it here!


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CD Review : Nokturnal Mortum "the taste of victory"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:22 CET

By our very own hobbit from New Zeland : here!

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CD Review : Believer "Sanity"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:21 CET

First Armand DeSade's delicacy : here!

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Monday, January 26, 2004

B L A Z E - "Blood and Belief" tracklist
Posted by: Matze @ 8:44 CET

Planetblaze.com can today officially announce the tracklisting for the forthcoming B L A Z E studio album, "Blood and Belief".

01. Alive
02. Ten Seconds
03. Blood and Belief
04. Life and Death
05. Tearing Yourself to Pieces
06. Hollow Head
07. Will to Win
08. Regret
09. The Path and the Way
10. Soundtrack of my Life

This ten track CD is set for release in late March. We are also expecting to release the album artwork shortly so keep visiting planetblaze.com for the exclusive!

source: planetblaze.com


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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Zillo Festival 2004
Posted by: Matze @ 18:10 CET

ZILLO FESTIVAL 2004

16./17./18. Juli 2004
LORELEY FREILICHTBÜHNE in St. Goarshausen

Dimmu Borgir
In Extremo
L'ame Immortelle
Laibach
Blutengel
Das Ich
Schandmaul
Lacuna Coil

http://www.zillo.de


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Friday, January 23, 2004

M´era Luna 2004: more bands confirmed
Posted by: Matze @ 13:20 CET

M´era Luna 2004
07./08. August
Hildesheim (Germany) - Flugplatz Drispenstedt

LACRIMOSA
IN EXTREMO
SCHANDMAUL
FUNKER VOGT
WOLFSHEIM
COVENANT
WELLE ERDBALL
ICON OF COIL
DULCE LIQUIDO
SAMSAS TRAUM
GOTHMINISTER
DECODED FEEDBACK


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Tristania Update
Posted by: Pax @ 6:03 CET

From www.tristania.com

22nd January 2004 - Recording new album
Tristania has booked Toproom Studio with Børge Finstad as producer for the recording of the upcoming album. The recording will occur in April and May 2004.


22nd January 2004 - Booking & Management
Tristania is delighted to announce that they have signed with Continental Concerts for booking and management. All inquiries regarding the band (not fanmail) should be directed to Continental Concerts. See the contact info section for more information.


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Thursday, January 22, 2004

Edguy new cd details
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:47 CET

"King of Fools" is the title cut of EDGUY's new EP, due on February 2 through Nuclear Blast Records. In addition to "King of Fools", the five-song effort will contain a 15-minute "making of" video clip (for Macintosh & PC) plus several exclusive cuts that will not appear on the band's forthcoming full-length album, "Hellfire Club", due on March 15.

The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake", "Hellfire Club" was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, with additional assistance from Sascha Paeth (RHAPSODY, ANGRA), who was responsible for the drum sound on the album. The final mix took place at the famous Finnvox Studios (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) in Helsinki, Finland.

As previously reported, EDGUY's "secret" gig at Cologne's Underground club on January 21 was recorded for broadcast on the WDR "Rockaplast" show the night of March 21/22. The group's complete set list for the concert was as follows:

01. Tears of a Mandrake
02. Fallen Angels
03. Lavatory Lovemachine
04. Painting On The Wall
05. Land of a Miracle
06. King of Fools
07. Save Us Now
08. Scarlet Rose
09. Avantasia
10. Out Of Control


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Tempest: new Line-up, 15th Anniversary Celebration
Posted by: Matze @ 16:25 CET

"We're sure you'll be pleased to join us in welcoming back our original fiddler, Michael Mullen, as well as a newcomer -- bassist Ariane Cap from Austria. We bid a fond farewell to Sue and Mark and wish them all the best in their continuing adventures. The 2004 Tempest line-up will have its official debut at the big 15th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion show at The Veteran's Memorial Theatre, on Saturday, January 24th. We encourage you to reserve tickets early, as this is going to be a huge event!"

source: http://www.tempestmusic.com/


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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Evergrey working on new album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:19 CET

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY are back in the studio working on songs for their fifth CD, tentatively titled "The Inner Circle". The new album will be produced by singer Tom Englund and guitarist Henrik Danhage and engineered by Arnold Lindberg. A spring release through Inside Out Music is expected. In the meantime look for EVERGREY's new video, "I'm Sorry", to hit "Headbanger's Ball" and "Uranium" soon.

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Subway to Sally, Burden of Grief confirmed for RockHarz Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 14:17 CET

RockHarz Open Air
Osterode / Dorste, Germany
18. + 19. June '04

BURDEN OF GRIEF
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
EPICA
GRAVEWORM
MAJESTY
MALEVOLENT CREATION
SACRED STEEL
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TANKARD
U.D.O.


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Bathory: new album
Posted by: Matze @ 9:33 CET

"[...] In addition to that, bathory.se can reveal that the working title for the next BATHORY album apparently is "Dra Ballen i Gruset Grabbar". Whether that will also be its proper title eventually, we leave to anybody to decide for themselves.

It appears though, that album cover artwork and layout ideas have taken shape and all that remains now is for BATHORY's 12th album to actually be recorded. The plan is for BATHORY to enter the studio in early spring."

source: http://www.bathory.se


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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Obituary reunion
Posted by: Matze @ 10:12 CET

Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY are in the process of reforming with a view towards releasing a new CD in late 2004 or early 2005. "[Drummer] Donald [Tardy], [guitarist] Allen [West] and I have been working on some new stuff and are thinking about a new album," singer John Tardy told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "We are just getting started and I know [Donald] has talked to [ex-OBITUARY guitarist] Trevor [Peres] about it, too. Right now we have no timeline or record deal set up, but we are writing songs. If all goes well, [the reunion] would be with all 'original' members [John, Donald, Allen, Trevor and bassist Frank Watkins]."

Although the reformed OBITUARY would likely perform select live shows before and after the recording of a new studio album, there is no truth to the reports that the band will make an appearance at the Sun N' Steel festival in Tampa in early March. "I don't know anything about a Sun N' Steel show...never heard of it," John said.

Formed in 1984 as EXECUTIONER (later shortened to XECUTIONER), OBITUARY are widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre. After releasing several successful albums in the late Eighties/early Nineties (including the classic 1989 debut "Slowly We Rot" and its equally punishing 1990 follow-up, "Cause of Death"), the band announced their breakup, with John Tardy's disinterest in touring apparently a major factor, according to the Internet heavy metal encyclopedia BNR Metal Pages. Trevor Peres has since started CATASTROPHIC, while Donald Tardy joined Andrew W.K.'s band some time ago.

souce: blabbermouth.net


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Saturday, January 17, 2004

Sinergy in studio in spring
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:21 CET

Finland's SINERGY will enter the studio in the spring to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.

"We actually have the majority of [the new album] written now, but we haven't actually been able to rehearse most of the songs yet with the whole line-up due to everyone's different schedules," singer Kimberly Goss said in an online posting. "I can tell you as of now myself, [guitarist] Alexi [Laiho], and [guitarist] Roope [Latvala] have written about 3 songs each. Some of them still have to be worked on, so perhaps the end result will be that more riffs are contributed from and/or changed by other members, therefore not making the song 100% mine, or Alexi's, or Roope's. This is the way we've always written. If you look at the songwriting credits on our previous albums, you'll see many songs that were written by more than one band member, and others that were written solely by just one of us. I just got off the phone with all the guys and we'll be starting some hardcore rehearsal sessions this week and continue until all the song arrangements are completed. The album will be recorded in the spring. Exact dates are not confirmed, but we should know very soon."


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Friday, January 16, 2004

Skyclad, Wayne Hussey confirmed for Burgfolk!
Posted by: Matze @ 9:02 CET

Burgfolk, 24.07.2004, Mülheim/Ruhr (Germany):

Schandmaul
Skyclad
Wayne Hussey
Schelmish
Bardic
Osiris Taurus
Connemara Stone Company


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Thursday, January 15, 2004

Miss K is stratovarius's new singer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:34 CET

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have announced the addition of a new singer and drummer to the group's ranks.

The following is the band's official statement on the matter:

"New vocalist for STRATOVARIUS is called 'Miss K' -K for Katerina-(http://www.stratovarius.com/index2.php?section=vocalist_missk) = photos).

"The vocal talents of this sultry Finnish lady vary from raunchy rock to classical operatic. Her voice range is over 3 octaves and she is capable of transforming STRATOVARIUS sound to something unique, something that has never been heard in Metal before.

"She is 30 years old and has a background in gymnastics, where she has twice become a Finnish Champion, and in acting.

"She has until now been singing in some local bands and has done over 200 gigs.

"Drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson, the brother of [keyboardist] Jens Johansson.

"After selling over 1 500 000 copies of their previous records, STRATOVARIUS is now ready to take the next step in their career.

"The band will enter the studio, a secret place, in May to record 11th studio album, which has a working title 'PopKiller'.

"The album is due February 2005 followed up by massive World Tour.

"In legal news, Sanctuary Records is asking Timo Tolkki to pay back 1 Million Euros from the recording agreement advance. Tolkki refuses to pay it, and comments: 'They have sent me a notification and are asking me to pay that amount back. Their position is that the agreement was for the old line up. My legal staff doesn't interpret the agreement this way, and have advised me not to agree to this demand. It means that we might be going to court in Berlin, but I am confident I will win this case and that justice will prevail.'


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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Finntroll new cd details
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:47 CET

Finnish folk-inspired black metalers FINNTROLL will be issuing a five-song EP, "Trollhammaren", on March 15 through Century Media Records, to be followed by the group's new full-length album, "Nattfödd", on April 19. Both records were recorded and mixed at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland in November 2003 by Tuomo Valtonen and were produced by keyboardist Trollhorn. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. As on their previous records, the band successfully combines black metal with very melodic folk elements and humppa, a kind of polka, in such a powerful and highly entertaining way that even the hardest of metalheads are pleased to join the dance. And this time around, just about the album's release date, the band will hit the European roads again to kick some serious ass in the clubs together with fellow Finns ENSIFERUM and THE WAKE.

"Nattfödd" track listing:

01. Vindfärd / Människopesten
02. Eliytres
03. Fiskarens Fiende
04. Trollhammaren
05. Nattfödd
06. Ursvamp
07. Marknadsvisan
08. Det Iskalla Trollblod
09. Grottans Barn
10. Routas Vaggvisa

"Trollhammaren" track listing:

01. Trollhammaren
02. Hemkomst
03. Skog
04. Försvinn Du Som Lyser
05. Helvete


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The Levellers: more tour dates
Posted by: Matze @ 13:26 CET

LEVELLERS ACOUSTIC GIG

Feb 7th 2004 Buxton Opera House nearly sold out!
Tickets for this event are nearly sold out so hurry, hurry, hurry!
Nick Harper and Rev Hammer will be among the guests. The gig will be filmed and recorded for possible use in the future.

Tickets Can be ordered from http://www.buxton-opera.co.uk/more.php?id=843 or telephone 0845 1272 190

ANTI-APATHY TOUR, SPRING 2004

UK DATES:
24/03/2004 Weds Dudley JB'S 01384 253597
25/03/2004 Thurs Salisbury City Hall 01722 327676
26/03/2004 Fri Reading Hexagon 0118 9606060
27/03/2004 Sat London Forum 0207 3440044
29/03/2004 Mon Hull City Hall 01482 226655
30/03/2004 Tues Carlisle Sands Centre 01228 625222
31/03/2004 Weds Bradford Pennington's 01274 224488
01/04/2004 Thurs Stoke Victoria Hall 01782 213800
02/04/2004 Fri Middlesborough Town Hall 01624 242561
03/04/2004 Sat Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864
05/04/2004 Mon Cheltenham Town Hall 01242 227979
06/04/2004 Tues St Albans Arena 01727 844488
07/04/2004 Weds Aylesbury Civic Hall 01296 486009
08/04/2004 Thurs Margate Winter Gardens 01843 292795

EUROPEAN DATES
17/04 BELGIUM, Rock Waregem
18/04 GERMANY, Cologne, Live Music Hall
19/04 GERMANY, Bochum, Zeche (TBC)
20/04 GERMANY, Osnabruck, Hyde Park (TBC)
21/04 GERMANY, Bremen, Schlachthof (TBC)
23/04 NETHERLANDS, Rotterdam, Nighttown
24/04 NETHERLANDS, Ultrecht, Tivoli
25/05 NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Melkweg
27/04 BELGIUM, Antwerp, Hofferlo
28/04 BELGIUM, Tongeron, Velinx

Tickets are available at www.wayahead.com or 0871-22-00-260 and www.wegottickets.com


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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Angra in recording process
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:38 CET

Brazilian melodic metallers ANGRA have commenced the recording process for the follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this summer through SPV Records.

The initial recording sessions for the CD are taking place at Mosh Studios in São Paulo, Brazil under the guidance of producer Dennis Ward (SILENT FORCE, PINK CREAM 69). So far, all the drums have already been completed and bass and guitar recordings will start this week.


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Annihilator news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:37 CET

Long-running Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have set "All For You" as the title of their forthcoming CD, tentatively due this spring through AFM Records.

"All For You" track listing, according to ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters (not in correct sequence):

01. All For You
02. Weapon X
03. The Nightmare Factory
04. The One
05. Demon Dance
06. Rage Absolute
07. Both Of Me
08. Bled
09. Dr. Psycho
10. Holding On
11. The Sound Of Horror

The forthcoming CD marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI) following the departure of Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) in early October.


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HATESEX's SLAYER Cover Featuring CELTIC FROST Members Posted Online
Posted by: Matze @ 10:09 CET

Los Angeles-based goth/death rock band HATESEX have posted a streaming-only preview of their cover version of the SLAYER classic "Black Magic" at this location. The song, which will appear on the HATESEX debut CD, "The Spiritual Palsy EP", features Martin Ain of CELTIC FROST on vocals and Erol Unala of CELTIC FROST/APOLLYON SUN on lead guitar.

HATESEX is the brainchild of former DIVA DESTRUCTION guitarist Benn Ra. Joining Benn in the new group is newcomer vocalist Krisanna Marie, who has previously performed live with 13TH SKY and PENIS FLYTRAP.

For more information on HATESEX, visit the band's official web site at this location.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Monday, January 12, 2004

Vintersorg, My Darkest Hate confirmed for Dong Open Air
Posted by: Matze @ 23:32 CET

Dong Open Air
16.07.-17.07 2004, Neukirchen-Vluyn near Krefeld, Germany

Vintersorg
Suidakra
My Darkest Hate
Seraphim

http://www.dongopenair.de


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Sunday, January 11, 2004

Cat Stevens: comeback?
Posted by: Matze @ 11:33 CET

It's rumored that Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens is working on a musical and new (or new versions of his old) songs.

Great news imo. :)


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Saturday, January 10, 2004

Dark Tranquility writing new songs
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:45 CET

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Time for some new-year activity on the site. As you probably have noticed, updates have been somewhat scarce recently, but rest assured that we're not resting on our laurels. The songwriting for the next album is commencing with full force, and in a not-too-distant future we'll begin recording our seventh full-length album. More details regarding where, when and why will be posted here soon.

"The DVD is now available in the US as well ? finally! For a list of (worldwide) online vendors selling it, please visit Gtranquillity's site at www.dark-tranquillity.nl.

"For an upcoming project, we'd like to hear from people with DARK TRANQUILLITY tattoos, so if you're one of the lucky few, please get in touch via info@darktranquillity.com.

"The mini-tour in Italy about a month ago was a huge success, and we'd like to thank all of you that made it such a great experience. Photos from some of the shows will be uploaded in the near future.


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New BOTM : Poison Black
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:19 CET

Definitely kicks serious ass! check their details : Band of the month : Poison Black

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New Dreaditorial
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:53 CET

Check it here!

Basically it's about roadies.


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Gig Review : Lacuna Coil+Moonspell - Paris
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:44 CET

Lacuna Coil + Moonspell + Passenger + Poison black - Elysée Montmartre, Paris - 6/1/04

Gig review can be read here!


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Jani Lane leaves Warrant
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:02 CET

Vocalist Jani Lane has officially left WARRANT to pursue a solo career.

"This comes to us as no surprise," stated WARRANT bassist Jerry Dixon in an official press release. "We always figured someday he would want to go after a solo career and today is that day."

The remaining members of the band will continue to compose, play and tour under the name WARRANT.

"We wish [Jani] the very best in all aspects of his life," said guitarist Erik Turner. "The band is very excited about new possibilities and some fresh blood. Maybe even a new record."

"We have always wanted to get back to what got us here in the first place," explained Dixon. "That includes putting the moves back on stage, playing the old songs people beg us to play and putting some much needed TLC back into the band. We are now looking for a new party-host, we want someone that can enhance what WARRANT already is, not change it. Again we wish Jani Lane all the best and look forward with much excitement of a new and improved WARRANT in 2004."


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Paradise Lost to enter studio in april
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:01 CET

PARADISE LOST are hoping to enter the studio in April to begin recording the follow-up to "Symbol Of Life", tentatively due in August.

"Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and was released in October 2002 through G.U.N./ BMG Records in Europe (Koch Entertainment in North America


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Friday, January 9, 2004

Cruachan's new album delayed
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:21 CET

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have pushed back the release date of their fourth full-length album, "Pagan" (Karmageddon Media), to April 5. No reason was given for the delay.

"Pagan" was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore".

The band recorded a total of 15 songs, of which 13 will end up on the final album and the remaining songs will be used as bonus-material.

Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Michael Collins", "The Gael", "The March to Cluain Tairbh", "Viking Slayer" and "1014 A.D."

Cover artwork for "Pagan" was created by John Howe, the leading JRR Tolkien illustrator and the conceptual artist from "The Lord of the Rings" movies.

Download a short MP3 preview of the upcoming CD at this location :

http://truemetal.org/metalmagick/cruachan/mp_sample/cruachan_pagan_sample.mp3


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Wednesday, January 7, 2004

CD Review : Epica "The Phantom Agony"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:27 CET

Review by my bandmate Gilles. Read it here!

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Monday, January 5, 2004

New Evanescence Video
Posted by: Pax @ 20:18 CET

Evanescence has a new video of My Immortal for download at www.evanescence.com- it's also a new mix of the song, with the full band in the second half of the song.

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Amon Amarth to begin recording in May
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:19 CET

Sweden's AMON AMARTH will enter Berno studio in Malmö in mid-May to record the follow-up to last year's "Versus The World", tentatively due in late 2004 through Metal Blade Records. No further information is available at this time.

AMON AMARTH recently teamed up with DESTRUCTION, DEICIDE, NILE, DEW-SCENTED, GRAVEWORM and MISERY INDEX for the X-Mass Festivals 2003 European tour. The trek, which kicked off on December 7 in London, England, "was really successful and that is all thanks to you fans that showed up on the shows to support the tour," AMON AMARTH write on their web site. "We couldn't ask for a better way to end this year of versus the world touring. A big thanks as well goes out to all of you others that been supporting the band during this year! It has been a hectic year and also a very rewarding one. Now we are going to rest for a week or so and then start to work on our next album."


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Saturday, January 3, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:59 CET

Added Skyclad "do they mean us?" to playlist.

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Thursday, January 1, 2004

Skyclad "A semblance of Normality" tracklist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:54 CET

Release date : march/april 2004 (?)
13 songs / 48 minutes.

1 Pipes intro

2 Do they mean us?

3 A good day to bury bad news

4 Anotherdrinkingsong

5 The song of no-involvement

6 Survival Campaign

7 Parliament of fools

8 Ten Little Kingdoms

9 Lightening the load

10 Like... a ballad for the disenchanted

11 Not the roman wall blues

12 Hybrid blues

13 Outro - the dissolution of parliament


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SIRENIA: New Music Posted Online
Posted by: Matze @ 21:54 CET

SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have posted a brand new track, titled "Voices Within", in MP3 format at this location.

"Voices Within" comes off the group's sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence" (view cover here), due on February 23, 2004 through Austria's Napalm Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "At Sixes and Sevens" reportedly contains 54 minutes of brand new music and features artwork by Joachim Luetke (Image Eye-Luetke Prod.).

source: blabbermouth.net


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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

The Levellers: Anti Apathy Tour, Spring 2004 Announced
Posted by: Matze @ 10:21 CET

The Levellers - Anti Apathy Tour, Spring 2004:

24/03/2004 Weds Dudley JB'S 01384 253597
25/03/2004 Thurs Salisbury City Hall 01722 327676
26/03/2004 Fri Reading Hexagon 0118 9606060
27/03/2004 Sat London Forum 0207 3440044
29/03/2004 Mon Hull City Hall 01482 226655
30/03/2004 Tues Carlisle Sands Centre 01228 625222
31/03/2004 Weds Bradford Pennington's 01274 224488
01/04/2004 Thurs Stoke Victoria Hall 01782 213800
02/04/2004 Fri Middlesborough Town Hall 01624 242561
03/04/2004 Sat Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864
05/04/2004 Mon Cheltenham Town Hall 01242 227979
06/04/2004 Tues St Albans Arena 01727 844488
07/04/2004 Weds Aylesbury Civic Hall 01296 486009
08/04/2004 Thurs Margate Winter Gardens 01843 292795

Tickets are available at www.wayahead.com and www.wegottickets.com from Monday 15th December.

In related news, the band will be back in the studio early next year for a forthcoming album rumoured to be an acoustic collaboration with people they have worked with over the years.


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Monday, December 29, 2003

FINNTROLL To Release New EP In March
Posted by: Matze @ 17:01 CET

Finland's FINNTROLL will be releasing an EP, titled "Trollhammaren", in March containing one song off their forthcoming album plus four bonus tracks recorded in the same session. As previously reported, the upcoming full-length CD, "Nattfödd" (Swedish for "Nightborn"), will be issued in April. The follow-up to "Visor Om Slutet" was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland and features 10 songs. The band will also be making their debut video to coincide with the release of the full-length CD.

source: blabbermouth.net


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BLAZE Name New Album
Posted by: Matze @ 13:03 CET

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have set "Blood and Belief" as the title of their third studio album, tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. The group, who finished recording the CD on December 20, performed the album's projected title track Saturday night (December 27) at the third annual BLAZE Big Bash at Dudley JB's in England.

As previously reported, BLAZE utilized the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension", which took place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire together with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group was bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, MESSIAH'S KISS), who has fulfilled most of this year's touring commitments with the band following the departure of Rob Naylor in April.

The mixing process for "Blood and Belief" is set to commence in early January.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Schandmaul, In Extremo confirmed for Feuertanz Festival
Posted by: Matze @ 9:48 CET

In Extemo, Schandmaul, Fiddler's Green and Faun are the first bands confirmed for the 2004 edition of Feuertanz Festival, set to take place June 19 at Burg Abenberg, Germany.

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Sunday, December 28, 2003

Dong Open Air: 1st band confirmed
Posted by: Matze @ 16:41 CET

According to the band's official homepage, Suidakra will appear at next year's Dong Open Air (16.07.04 near Krefeld).

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CHAOSBREED: album details
Posted by: Matze @ 16:02 CET

The cover artwork for CHAOSBREED's upcoming full-length debut, "Brutal", can be viewed at this location. In addition, CHAOSBREED drummer Nalle Österman (ex-SHAMAN, GANDALF) has provided BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the final track listing for the CD, which will surface in April 2004 in Europe and a short time later in North America through Century Media Records.

"Brutal" final track listing:

01. Wretched Life
02. Casket Ride
03. Faces Of Death
04. Moralized
05. Rotting Alive
06. Demon Skunk
07. Shitgrinder
08. Symptoms Of The Flesh
09. F/C/D/C
10. An Evil Eye

CHAOSBREED recorded three more tracks - "The Day Man Lost" (CARNAGE cover), "Slutrush" and "Sink In Hell" - for inclusion on various compilations and special, limited-edition versions of "Brutal". The CD, which was recorded at CCPC studio with producers Santeri Kallio and Niclas Etelävuori, features guest appearances by ENTOMBED guitarist Uffe Cederlund and bassist Jörgen Sandström.

CHAOSBREED's lineup is completed by bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE). The band's "Unleashed Carnage" demo/mini-CD will be issued on January 13, 2004 in North America and Europe through Crash Music Inc.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Wednesday, December 24, 2003

FINNTROLL: New Song Available For Download
Posted by: Matze @ 9:18 CET

A brand new FINNTROLL track, titled "Ursvamp", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. A remixed version of "Ursvamp" will appear on the group's forthcoming full-length album, "Nattfödd" (Swedish for "Nightborn"), due in April 2004. The follow-up to "Visor Om Slutet" was recorded at Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland and features 10 songs.

As previously reported, FINNTROLL are tentatively set to team up with ENSIFERUM and THE WAKE for a European tour in April 2004. Preliminary dates are as follows:

Apr. 15 - Weert, NETH - Bosuil
Apr. 16 - Den Bosch, NETH - Willem II
Apr. 17 - Vosselaar, BEL - Biebob
Apr. 18 - Amsterdam, NETH - Melkweg
Apr. 19 - Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
Apr. 20 - Munster (Breitefeld-Dieburg), GER - Live Arena
Apr. 21 - Hamburg, GER - Marx
Apr. 22 - Berlin, GER - Halford
Apr. 23 - Clauchau, GER - Alte Spinerei
Apr. 24 - Wien, AUT - Planet Music
Apr. 25 - Salzburg, AUT - Rockhous
Apr. 27 - Budapest, HUN - Mega Club

source: blabbermouth.net


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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Skyclad: new mp3 available
Posted by: Matze @ 22:13 CET

Bombjour has a new Skyclad mp3-clip available for download:

Skyclad feat. the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - "Do They Mean Us?"

Note: it's the version from the Demolition-Records-Xmas-Sampler, the final mix might sound slightly different.


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Saturday, December 20, 2003

The Gathering live album tracklist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:00 CET

Century Media Records has posted a full-length MP3 of the track "Saturnine" from the upcoming THE GATHERING "semi-acoustic" live album, "Sleepy Buildings", at this location.

Recorded at two exclusive gigs held at the LUX movie theatre and venue in Nijmegen, Holland on August 21-22, "Sleepy Buildings" (due on Jan. 26) features selections from the group's entire career ? from the classic debut "Always" to the commercial breakthough "Mandylion" to the trip-rock of "If_Then_Else".

The complete track listing for "Sleepy Buildings" is as follows:

01. Locked Away
02. Saturnine
03. Amity
04. The Mirror Waters
05. Red Is A Slow Colour
06. Sleepy Buildings
07. Travel
08. Shrink
09. In Motion Part II
10. Stonegarden
11. My Electricity
12. Marooned
13. Like Fountains



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Kreator in studio
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:55 CET

KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Dear friends. Just came back from Romania, very cool show, fantastic audience! This was definitely the last show of the Violent Revolution tour and I want to thank all of you for making 2003 another great year in the history of the band!

"In January we will start the rehearsals for the new record. [Producer] Andy Sneap and his studio in Nottingham/UK is booked for May.

"The new stuff sounds like a mix between 'Violent Revolution' and 'Pleasure to Kill'! Up to now, I have written 9 songs, some are already arranged and ready to go, others are still fragments. There'll be a couple of tunes that are longer than 7 minutes and have wicked parts an tempo changes, next to 4-minute songs full of hate and brutality!


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Paradise Lost composing new stuff
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:50 CET

PARADISE LOST have completed the touring cycle for their "Symbol Of Life" CD and are currently writing tracks for a new album, to be recorded sometime in 2004.

"Unfortunately we don't have any song titles for you at present, as [the band] have literally only just come off the road to begin writing," reads a post on the group's web site.

"Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and was released in October 2002 through G.U.N./BMG Records in Europe and Koch Entertainment in North America


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Friday, December 19, 2003

Gig Review : The quireboys+Skyclad
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:24 CET

Review is up there

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Thursday, December 18, 2003

CD Review: Bloodjunkies
Posted by: Pax @ 16:40 CET

CD Review: Bloodjunkies: Maladies

Click here


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CD Review: Savatage
Posted by: Pax @ 16:39 CET

Hail the Duke- and his review of Savatage: Power of the Night

Click here


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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Castle Rock Festival: Line-up complete!
Posted by: Matze @ 22:49 CET

Castle Rock, 03.07.2004, Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany:

The Cascades
Adorned Brood
Chamber
Saltatio Mortis
ASP
Diary Of Dreams
Haggard


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Monday, December 15, 2003

My Dying Bride name new cd. (+samples)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:18 CET

MY DYING BRIDE have set "Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light" as the title for their eighth studio album, due on February 16, 2004 through Peaceville Records.

The follow-up to 2001's "The Dreadful Hours" was recorded and mixed at Academy Studio in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire with producer Mags and is said to "[echo] their crowning early '90s album, 'Like Gods Of The Sun', bringing with it a light and shade writing process which has thrown up possibly their most commercial tune to date, the graceful 'My Wine In Silence'."

MY DYING BRIDE are currently working on a promotional video for the track "The Price Of Beauty" with director Andy Green, who was responsible for the artwork on the new CD. In addition, the group filmed their Nov. 2 sell-out show at the Hof ter Lo in Antwerp, Belgium for their second full-length DVD, tentatively slated for a spring 2004 release.

Two low-quality samples from "Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light" (view cover artwork here) are currently available for download from the Peaceville web site:

01. My Wine In Silence (mp3)
02. The Price Of Beauty (mp3


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Thy Majestie announce new singer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:48 CET

Italy's THY MAJESTIE have announced the addition of vocalist Gabriele Grilli to the group's ranks.

Gabriele, who went by the moniker Nightcomer when he appeared on the debut album from the epic metallers DOOMSWORD, "is a great talent, with a powerful voice, melodic and theatrical that sometime [is reminiscent of] the best performance [from] Bruce Dickinson but with is own incredible personality," the band said in an official statement. Samples of Gabriele's vocals can be downloaded from the group's official web site: Sample#1, Sample#2, Sample#3. According to the group, the first sample "is extracted from DOOMSWORD's debut album, the song is entitled 'One Eyed God', the second one is taken from the trial he did to become THY MAJESTIE's singer and the third is a little surprise that Gabriele did for us, an acoustic version of a piece of 'Through the Bridge of Spears', it 's a home-recording but it's worth a listen."

THY MAJESTIE recently announced their split with Scarlet Records, who released their last studio album, "Hastings 1066" (2002).


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Liv Kristine news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:48 CET

Former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine is currently involved with several projects. In addition to completing work on the debut album from LEAVES' EYES (which also features members of the German band ATROCITY), titled "Lovelorn" (due on May 24, 2004 through Austria's Napalm Records), she has contributed lead vocals to the second INFINITY album, the project of the Argentine musician Beto Vazquez, which will be released in Europe through Drakkar Records/BMG.

Liv will also record guest vocals at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany for two other projects: the rock opera GENIUS "Episode II" together with such names as Eric Martin (ex-MR. BIG), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Jeff Martin (RACER X), Rob Tyrant (LABYRINTH), Mark Boals (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Daniel Gildenlöw (PAIN OF SALVATION), and Edu Falaschi (ANGRA), plus a DEAD CAN DANCE tribute sampler with the Italian band HORTUS ANIMAE. Liv will sing the track "Summoning of the Muse" for the latter project.


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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Penny radio updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:07 CET

One more track on our playlist. Check the radio activity board for more details.

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Saturday, December 13, 2003

Tristania composing new songs
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:27 CET

The new songs are taking shape, and we plan to hit the studio to record the new one early 2004. We are all very excited about the new song material, and we hope that 2004 will bring a Tristania album with innovative and interesting metal music.



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Pandemonaeon news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:25 CET


09/03/03
We are currently recording our second studio album with Trance Jam Records, tentatively titled Dangerous Beauty, at El Mundo Bueno Studios. Filled with exciting new songs in Spanish, Middle-Eastern, & Celtic stylings, this will be our best offering yet & you won't want to miss it.

And fans of Sharon Knight's Celtic music will be pleased to hear that she's started on a new Celtic solo album, joined by Winter on guitars & bass; Gari Hegdus on mandocello, violin, & whistles; Todd Denman on Uilleann Pipes & whistles; & Jeff Obee on fretless bass. The album, Song of the Sea, will feature new versions of such traditional Celtic tunes as May Morning Dew & Lagan Love, as well as new originals straight from the hearts of Rivendell & the Western Seas.





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Dark Sanctuary working on new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:14 CET

This one actualy has 13 songs, and will long around 70 minutes. As for "l'être las - l'envers du miroir", the new album is recorded at Klangschmiede Studio E in Germany

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

M´era Luna 2004: five bands confirmed
Posted by: Matze @ 8:07 CET

M´era Luna 2004
07./08. August
Hildesheim - Flugplatz Drispenstedt

LACRIMOSA
IN EXTREMO
SCHANDMAUL
FUNKER VOGT
WOLFSHEIM


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Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Former PITCHSHIFTER Drummer To Appear On New BLAZE CD
Posted by: Matze @ 8:31 CET

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for their third full-length album, which are taking place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire together with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group is bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, MESSIAH'S KISS), who has fulfilled most of this year's touring commitments with the group following the departure of Rob Naylor in April.

As previously reported, tracking for the as-yet-untitled effort will be completed on December 20, with the mixing process set to commence in early January. A live appearance at the third annual BLAZE Big Bash is scheduled to take place on December 27 at Dudley JB's.

BLAZE's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" is tentatively due in early 2004 through SPV Records.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Monday, December 8, 2003

After Forever name new album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:42 CET

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have set "Invisible Circles" as the title for their new full-length album, due in late March through Transmission Records. The group's recently released EP, "Exordium", entered the Dutch Album chart at position No. 56 and has since dropped down to No. 74 (view the whole chart here). AFTER FOREVER's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.

AFTER FOREVER will be teaming up with AMARAN, DARK MOOR and NIGHTMARE for a European tour beginning in mid-January.


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Stratovarius : Kotipelto and Michael are out!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:42 CET

Finland's STRATOVARIUS have officially parted ways with vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael.

"Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have," Kotipelto said, according to the band's web site. "I will now fully concentrate on my solo album and I am convinced that this is the best way for me."

Jörg Michael says that his priorities lie elsewhere at the moment, but that the suddenly escalating trouble in the band is one of the main reasons he doesn't want to play in STRATOVARIUS anymore.

"I think this is the beginning of new era for STRATOVARIUS and that the future looks bright and promising," guitarist/leader Timo Tolkki commented. "I have composed some of my best songs during the last month. If anything good comes out of this, then I guess it will be the emotions I have managed to channel into new songs about this situation, which has been very heavy for all of us. I have been having quite bad mental problems lately, but I feel better now due to anti-depressive medication my therapist has prescribed me."

According to the group's booking agent, Continental Concerts, the current line-up is "100% certain" to fulfill all its obligations regarding festival dates next year even though there is a lot of simmering hate waiting to boil over.

Tolkki is currently talking to a German singer and a Finnish drummer about replacing Kotipelto and Michael, but he stresses that absolutely nothing is confirmed at this point. He adds that he is actively looking for replacements


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Live Review: Iron Maiden
Posted by: Pax @ 19:28 CET

Cheers N Beers to Andy Ritson for his stellar review of Metal Gods Iron Maiden!

Iron Maiden: Live at New Castle: Click here


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Sunday, December 7, 2003

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:39 CET

Two new tracks are up on our radio. Check it!

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The Jinxs: new album
Posted by: Matze @ 14:17 CET

Hannover's "Folk-flavoured-guitar-pop" act The Jinxs are working on a new album. "INFECTED" will be released next spring, a preview-mp3 is available at the band's homepage -> http://www.the-jinxs.de

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RockHarz 04: First bands announced
Posted by: Matze @ 13:35 CET

RockHarz Open Air
Osterode / Dorste, Germany
18. + 19. June '04

U.D.O.
Die Apokalypt.Reiter
Malevolent Creation
Graveworm
Majesty


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Demolition Xmas Ball: ticket information
Posted by: Matze @ 9:55 CET

Thanks to everyone out there for the overwelming response to our first "DEMOLITION XMAS BALL" featuring THE QUIREBOYS, SKYCLAD, ANTIPRODUCT, and BECAUSE WE CAN. All venues tell us ticket demand is really high...we have a few tickets available here at the Demolition offices, but if you are interested in going to the party of the year, our advice is to get to your local outlets and get your tickets now before its too late....You can get your tickets from the following outlets;

DEMOLITION RECORDS; Henry Studdy House, 139 Bede Burn Road, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, NE32 5AZ..............Make cheques or postal orders payable to ETC Distribution Limited.

LONDON; WED 17th DECEMBER THE CARLING ACADAMY ISLIGTON .............................. (Carling Academy Box Office, Ticketweb.co.uk, Bristol Academy (01179 279227), Birmingham Academy (0121 2623000), Liverpool Academy (0870 7712000), Glasgow Academy (0141 4183000), Shepherd Bush Empire (0208 3543300), Way Ahead Box Office (0115 4183000), Carling Academy Customer Information Line (0905 0203999)...............TICKETS £14.00 ADVANCE.


MILTON KEYNES; THUR 18th DECEMBER THE WOUGHTON CENTRE ................... . (Milton Keynes Box Office)............TICKETS £12.00 ADVANCE.


BRADFORD; FRI 19th DECEMBER RIO'S................ ............................................. ....... ....... . .(The Market Tavern (0113 2436743), Where Wild Things Are (01274 730311), Crash Records (0113 2436743), Jumbo Records (0113 2455570), Hellraiser (01924 201104), Jumbo On line (www.jumborecords.co.uk), Credit Card Hotline (0870 4445556), Out Of Step (0113 2451730), Bradford Rio Box Office (01274 735549), E-mail info@bradfordrio.com) .................TICKETS £10.00 ADVANCE.


NEWCASTLE; SAT 20th DECEMBER NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY (All ages show). . . ( (Northumbria University Box Office (0191 2274757), City Hall Box Office (0191 2612606), Concept Darlington, RPM Records (0191 2210201), Reflex (0191 2603246), Steel Wheels (0191 2304886), Hot Rats (0191 5672099)............TICKETS £8.00 ADVANCE.

source: demolitionrecords.com


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Tempest: 15th anniversary show
Posted by: Matze @ 9:53 CET

Dear Friends,

The TEMPEST 15th ANNIVERSARY SHOW will be held on SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2004, at the VETERANS MEMORIAL THEATRE, located at 203 East 14th street, in Davis, California. Showtime is 8pm.

This event promises to be a great Celebration of Tempest's past and present; featuring a reunion set by the original band members, appearances by both the "Serrated Edge" and the "Surfing To Mecca" line-ups, and an extensive Grand Finale featuring the past members and the current band all jammin' together, and much more! And of course the show will be recorded... and did we mention, the theatre also has a great dance floor?

Tickets are $18, and will go on sale December 10, at De Colores in Davis (530) 758-9417 and The Beat in Sacramento (916) 446-4402. You can also make ticket reservations by email: mgp@cal.net. The show is presented by MGP (209) 293-7421 Part of the proceeds will go to support The Navajo people of Big Mountain, Arizona.

We know many of you will be traveling from far away, and we suggest you check out the handy 'Places to Stay' link on the City of Davis web site for lodging in the area http://www.davisvisitor.org. For a map of the venue location, go to the 'Tour Schedule' page of our website -- there's a 'printable map' link under the '15th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion' information. We look forward to seeing you there!

-Tempest

source: tempestmusic.com


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New Model Army: European Xmas Tour
Posted by: Matze @ 9:44 CET

New Model Army - December 2003

All now confirmed - tickets from usual outlets. The Ticket Shop on this site has tickets availble for London, Bristol and Leeds.

7th - Bristol Academy
8th - Den Haag, Paard
9th - Amsterdam, Melkweg
11th - Köln, E Werk
12th - Munich, Muffathalle
13th - Berlin, Columbiahalle
14th - Hamburg, Gross Freiheit
16th - London, Astoria
17th - Nottingham, Rock City
18th - Leeds, Metropolitan University

source: newmodelarmy.org

Note: so if you're in London on Dec 16/17, you can see two great concerts in 48 hours: NMA and Skyclad!


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Wednesday, December 3, 2003

The Gathering semi acoustic cd tracklist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:34 CET

"Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic Evening" to be released on the 26.01.2004.
Tracklist :

1. Locked away
2. Saturnine
3. Amity
4. The mirror waters
5. Red is a slow colour
6. Sleepy buildings
7. Travel
8. Shrink
9. In motion Part II
10. Stonegarden
11. My electricity
12. Eleanor
13. Marooned
14. Like fountains



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Saturday, November 29, 2003

Lake of Tears name new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:30 CET

Sweden's LAKE OF TEARS have set "Black Brick Road" as the title for their sixth album, tentatively due next summer through Noise Records.

The recordings for the follow-up to 2002's "The Neonai" will "probably start in February or March next year," according to a post on the band's web site, and will be followed by several festival appearances during the summer, including an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival in early June.

LAKE OF TEARS' last CD, "The Neonai" (Black Mark), was recorded with producer Ulf Wahlberg at Stockholm's XTC studios, and featured return guest appearances by former TIAMAT/DISMEMBER guitarist Magnus Sahlgren (who also appeared on 1999's "Forever Autumn") and vocalist Jennie Tebler (who also guested on "Lady Rosenred" off 1997's "A Crimson Cosmos").


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Friday, November 28, 2003

Castle Rock, Burgfolk Open Air: first bands confirmed
Posted by: Matze @ 8:48 CET

Castle Rock, 03.07.2004:

ASP
SALTATIO MORTIS
CHAMBER
THE CASCADES
ADORNED BROOD


Burgfolk, 24.07.2004:

SCHANDMAUL (Headliner)
SCHELMISH
BARDIC
und OSIRIS TAURUS


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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Live Review: New Model Army
Posted by: Pax @ 7:22 CET

New Model Army: Live at the Galaxy

Read the review here


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CD Review: Justin Sullivan
Posted by: Pax @ 7:21 CET

Justin Sullivan: Navigating by the Stars

Read the review here


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CD Review: Angels of Venice
Posted by: Pax @ 7:20 CET

Angels of Venice: Sanctus

Read the review here


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Monday, November 24, 2003

New Waltari single: more details
Posted by: Matze @ 18:24 CET

"Yes, finally it´s true: new Waltari single "Life Without Love / One
Day" will hit the shops on Monday 15th December. It will include two new songs from the forthcoming album: a club mix of "Life Without Love" and a radio edit of "One Day" + a really weird mix of the first one designed by ex-Faith No More Billy Gould. He even played some bass of his own for this special bonus track in his home studio in San Francisco.

The mixing of the NEW ALBUM is about to be finished and mastering will happen soon so it looks like it will be available in February or March. The album will be released also in Austria, Switzerland, Finland and hopefully many other countries (still under negotiation).

Stay tuned for updates!"

source: http://www.waltarimusic.com


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Sunday, November 23, 2003

A clash in Stratovarius?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:57 CET

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"I am in the process of talking seriously with each bandmember about the future of STRATOVARIUS.

"There are lots of rumours circling around and this statement is issued to clear some of those.

"The band is in a severe crisis at the moment.

"Looking back now, it is very clear to me why the situation has catapulted into crisis.

"I have my own way to lead STRATOVARIUS and since being in this band since '84 (almost 20 years) I have had a very clear vision about the musical direction of STRATO. To put it short and simple, this is my band.

"I decide what STRATOVARIUS sounds like. Stylists might decide how STRATOVARIUS looks like. I don't give a fuck about that though, I love music and we are not some fucking BACKSTREET BOYS. We eat metal and shit chains.

"Before some of you start shouting 'dictator', I would like to tell you that we have always shared the income from the band equally. Everyone gets the same from all income. I can tell you many bands when it's not like this.

"Up until very last weeks I though things were fine, there have been arguments, but nothing fancy. At this point I feel that my vision of where to take STRATOVARIUS next is threatened. Along with many other things, which I cannot tell you due to legal reasons. Let me just say this: when the things get so heated that some people in the band enter into fistfight, then something is wrong, wouldn't you agree?

"I am talking with [singer Timo] Kotipelto and [bassist Jari] Kainulainen here in Finland at the moment and next week I fly to New York to talk to [keyboardist Jens] Johansson. Then I fly to Germany to talk to [drummer Jörg] Michael. And then I have to think.

"So you guys have to wait for some more time for some more news.

"At this point it seems 95% sure that 3 bandmembers have to leave. I really hope I can work things out with them, but if not, then they will have to go.

"And to those who say I should leave STRATOVARIUS I say, hmmm well, perhaps it's better that I don't say anything, so I just say, 'Fuck Off!' I am not leaving anywhere, we just signed this new deal and I am going to continue writing new songs and there will be more albums, no matter what the line up will be.

"Stay tuned for more..."


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Interview with Juhani Palomäki (Yearning)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:48 CET

Here's one of the few interviews I'm proud of. Juhani Palomäki has agreeded to reply to my questions so all Yearning fans down here will be happy to read his interesting comments on the latest album and Yearning's plans for the future.

The interview can be read here : Interview with Juhani


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Saturday, November 22, 2003

New Waltari single next month
Posted by: Matze @ 15:32 CET

The new Waltari single "LIFE WITHOUT LOVE" will be released on 15. December.

Tracklist:
1) Life Without Love (club mix)
2) One Day (radio mix)
3) Life Without Love (Billy Gould remix)

In related news, www.waltarimusic.com - the new official Waltari homepage - is finally online.

source: rumpelkammer.net


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Friday, November 21, 2003

Schandmaul: new album next spring
Posted by: Matze @ 8:21 CET

Schandmadmaul have entered a studio in Munich to record the follow-up to "Narrenkönig". Production is once again handled by Thomas Heimann-Trosien, release is planned for April 2004.

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New Vintersorg mp3
Posted by: Matze @ 7:57 CET

Bessi sent in the following:

"a sneak preview from the album the Focusing Blur due out in february

http://home.pi.be/~vercaua1/Preview.mp3"


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Thursday, November 20, 2003

Schandmaul @ W:O:A 04
Posted by: Matze @ 21:12 CET

SCHANDMAUL have been confirmed for next year's Wacken Open Air!

The billing so far includes:
AMON AMARTH
ANTHRAX
BAL-SAGOTH
BÖHSE ONKELZ
BRAINSTORM
CATHEDRAL
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CANNIBAL CORPSE
DESTRUCTION
EKTOMORF
GRAVE DIGGER
HYPOCRISY
MAYHEM
NEVERMORE
SAXON
SCHANDMAUL
ZODIAC MINDWARP


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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Annie Lennox "into the west" ROTK soundtrack sample
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:30 CET

Annie Lennox's song for the last part of Peter Jackson's trilogy The Return of the king is online.

"Into the west" 128k

"Into the west" 56k modem


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Grammy winning Michael Kamen dies in London
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:27 CET

Michael Kamen, the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer who fused hard-rock riffs with classical styling in albums for Pink Floyd and provided music for the "Lethal Weapon" and "Die Hard" movies," has died at age 55.


Kamen collapsed in his London home Tuesday from an apparent heart attack, according to his Los Angeles-based publicist, Jeff Sanderson.

Kamen collaborated with a wide range of artists, from the London Philharmonic to Aerosmith , Metallica and jazz saxophonist David Sanborn.

Although Kamen was classically trained and studied oboe at New York's Julliard School, the composer's distinctive long, curly hair and beard made him look more like a heavy-metal guitarist than a classical conductor.


He was known for combining those two sensibilities. Among his most famous collaborations was on the orchestral arrangements in Pink Floyd's 1979 album "The Wall." He also worked with the band on the albums "The Final Cut" and "The Division Bell."


Kamen's most recent Grammy win came in 2001, when he shared the award for best rock instrumental performance with Metallica for conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in the metal-rock band's song "The Call of Ktulu."


He also won a Grammy in 1996 for best instrumental arrangement with "An American Symphony," which he derived from his work on the Richard Dreyfuss (news) musical drama "Mr. Holland's Opus."


His first Grammy was in 1992 for best pop instrumental performance for the theme music to "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."


In "Mr. Holland's Opus," Dreyfuss portrayed a passionate teacher who sacrificed his own ambitions to engage the imagination of his students through music. Inspired by the movie, Kamen established the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation in 1997 to raise money to make musical instruments available to the nation's children.


Kamen worked with singer Bryan Adams (news) to help craft the movie theme songs "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" from "Robin Hood" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" from "Don Juan DeMarco." He received Oscar nominations for co-writing those songs.


Kamen also collaborated with such pop, jazz and rock stars as Sting, Rod Stewart (news), David Bowie (news) and Eric Clapton (news).


Kamen was born in New York City in 1948. He started learning to play the piano at age 2 and later added the guitar, clarinet and oboe. Among his parents' friends were the musicians Huddie Ledbetter and Pete Seeger, and he grew up listening to recordings of music by Bach and Gilbert and Sullivan.


Kamen played folk-blues in a jug band while simultaneously studying oboe at Julliard, and later experimented with techno, disco and rock while writing pure classical music for ballet performances.


Kamen is survived by his wife, two daughters, his father and three brothers.








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Sunday, November 16, 2003

In Flames new cd in march 04
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:38 CET

Sweden's IN FLAMES have set "Soundtrack To Your Escape" as the title for their forthcoming album, due in Europe on March 29, 2004.

The follow-up to 2002's "Reroute To Remain" was recorded at a rented house/converted studio in Denmark with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Örjan Örnkloo (ex-MISERY LOVES CO.) and is currently being mixed at Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium. Mastering will take place at the Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden.

The following is the tentative track listing for "Soundtrack To Your Escape" (in no particular order):

01. F(r)iend
02. The Quiet Place
03. Borders And Shading
04. Discover Me Like Emptiness
05. Touch Of Red
06. Bottled
07. Dead Alone
08. Superhero Of The Computer Rage
09. Like You Better Dead
10. Dial 595-Escape
11. Evil In A Closet
12. In Search For I
13. My Sweet Shadow

"Soundtrack To Your Escape" will be released in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the group have two albums remaining under the terms of their present contract. IN FLAMES are currently in negotiations with several labels about a possible North American record deal. More information will be made available soon.


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Saturday, November 15, 2003

New Model Army: New US compilation
Posted by: Matze @ 16:29 CET

"Superfecta Recordings in Hollywod have just released a new singles compilation that takes in all the New Model Army singles from 1984 to present. There are a couple missing, for reasons of space (Bittersweet and Space) but this is the first collection to include titles from all the labels."

source: newmodelarmy.org


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Fiddler's Green on tour
Posted by: Matze @ 16:25 CET

Fiddler's Green are touring Germany again:

- NU FOLK Tour 2003/2004 -

November 2003:

14.11. 95444 Bayreuth Zentrum * VVK: 0921-22022
15.11. 36433 Bad Salzungen Kalle-Werk * VVK: 0180-5055505
16.11. 50667 Köln Kantine * VVK: 0221-1679160
19.11. 33602 Bielefeld Elfenbein VVK: 0521-66100
20.11. 20095 Hamburg Fabrik * VVK: 040-391070
21.11. 48155 Münster Sputnikhalle * VVK: 0541-22596
22.11. 44787 Bochum Matrix * VVK: 0228-4039090
23.11. 60311 Frankfurt/Main Batschkapp * VVK: 069-95218410
27.11. 30159 Hannover Faust * VVK: 0511-3681562
28.11. 39104 Magdeburg Baracke * VVK: 0391-5313559
29.11. 01067 Dresden Starclub * VVK: 0371-560460

Dezember 2003:

05.12. 72070 Tübingen Sudhaus VVK: 07071-934439
06.12. 88048 Friedrichshafen Bhf. Fischbach * VVK: 07541-44226
11.12. 79098 Freiburg Jazzhaus VVK: 0761-79197814
12.12. 66679 Losheim am See Eisenbahnhalle * VVK: 06872-1616
13.12. 97422 Schweinfurt Stattbahnhof * VVK: 09721-16661
20.12. 95028 Hof t.b.a., nähere Infos in Kürze!
26.12. 89073 Ulm Roxy * VVK: 0731-968620

Januar 2004:

09.01. 91052 Erlangen E-Werk VVK: 0911-414196
10.01. 93047 Regensburg Kulturspeicher + VVK: 0941-788810
22.01. 28197 Bremen Tower VVK: 0421-596060
23.01. 26382 Wilhelmshaven Pumpwerk * VVK: 04421-913690
24.01. 24143 Kiel Halle 400 * VVK: 04392-3720
30.01. 06712 Zeitz Haus d. Jugend @ VVK: 03441-212671
31.01. 08371 Glauchau Alte Spinnerei * VVK: 0371-6945702


* Support: Gruppe3 www.gruppe3.com
+ Support: Merlons Lichter www.merlons.de
@ Support: Sally Gardens www.sallygardens.de


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Letzte Instanz: DVD
Posted by: Matze @ 16:22 CET

Letzt Instanz are recording a live show in Berlin tomorrow. This gig, as well as parts of a show recorded in the band's hometown Dreseden earlier this month, will be included on a DVD in the (near) future. No title or release date a known yet.

Letzte Instanz tour dates - fall 03:
15.11.03 Herford Kick ***
16.11.03 Berlin Kesselhaus Kulturbrauerei ***
18.11.03 A-Innsbruck Utopia
19.11.03 A-Graz Explosiv
20.11.03 A-Wien Planet Music
21.11.03 A-Traun Spinnerei
22.11.03 A-Allentsteig Avalon
23.11.03 Leipzig Werk 2 ***
04.12.03 Pirna Hanno
05.12.03 Breidenbach Kleinsporthalle
06.12.03 NL-Leeuwarden Gothic Festival
07.12.03 NL-Amsterdam Melkweg


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Folkmetal.com back online
Posted by: Matze @ 16:15 CET

Nomad's great Skyclad page is back online!

-> folkmetal.com


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Friday, November 14, 2003

Flowing Tears news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:03 CET

German goth metallers FLOWING TEARS have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Razorbliss", tentatively due in March 2004 through Century Media Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "Serpentine" was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (THE GATHERING, LACUNA COIL, SENTENCED, MOONSPELL) and is the band's first to feature new singer Helen Vogt, who replaced Stefanie Duchêne earlier in the year.

FLOWING TEARS made their U.K. live debut with Vogt on October 31 when they supported MY DYING BRIDE at the Astoria in London.

"Razorbliss" track listing, according to Century Media:

01. Razorbliss
02. Believe
03. Virago
04. Undying
05. Radium Angel
06. Firedream
07. Ballad Of A Lonely God
08. Snakes Of Grey
09. Mine Is The Ocean
10. Maladine
11. Unspoken
12. Pitch Black Water

A couple of the new songs as well as some older fan favorites will be presented in a very special semi-acoustic gig at the Rockanova party at Berlin's Kalkscheune on December 12. The show will also be recorded for some extra bonus material.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

CD Review : Clannad "An diolaim"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:44 CET

My latest review can be read here.

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Sunday, November 9, 2003

Return of the king O.S.T. samples!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:19 CET

download and enjoy

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Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Flogging Molly - News
Posted by: Matze @ 22:32 CET

For the Molly faithful on the other side of the Atlantic, "SWAGGER" and "DRUNKEN LULLABIES" were released and re-released respectively in Europe on October 27th via Burning Heart Records. Our 34 date European Tour starts on November 5th (see detailed tour schedule below) with a support band from Los Angeles called Throw Rag. These guys are incredible and its there maiden voyage across the big pond, so don't miss this tour.

As always, tour dates are subject to change so check www.floggingmolly.com or www.pollstar.com for up-to-date show information and details.

Thank for listening and we will see you all somewhere soon.

George, FM

FLOGGING MOLLY AUTUMN TOUR

Wednesday November 5 - The Zodiac - Oxford, ENGLAND
Thursday November 6 - The Garage - Glasgow, Strathclyde, SCOTLAND
Friday November 7 - Carling Islington Academy - London, ENGLAND
Saturday November 8 - Carling Academy Liverpool - Liverpool, ENGLAND
Sunday November 9 - Night and Day - Manchester, ENGLAND
Tuesday November 11 - Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, ENGLAND
Wednesday November 12 - Hofterloo - Antwerp, BELGIUM
Thursday November 13 - Mjc Abordage - Evereaux, FRANCE
Friday November 14 - Le Cat - Bordeaux, FRANCE
Saturday November 15 - Sala Caracol - Madrid, SPAIN 28012
Sunday November 16 - KGB - Barcelona, SPAIN 08025
Tuesday November 18 - Club LR - Toulouse, FRANCE
Wednesday November 19 - Estragon Club - Bologna, ITALY
Thursday November 20 - Palacisalfa - Rome, ITALY
Friday November 21 - Babylonia - Ponderano Biella, ITALY 015 541125
Saturday November 22 - La Gabbia Music Club - Bassano Del Grappa (Vicenza), ITALY
Monday November 24 - Gaswerk Winterthur - 8400 Winterthur, SWITZERLAND
Tuesday November 25 - Rockhouse Salzburg - Salzburg, AUSTRIA 5020
Wednesday November 26 - Arena - Vienna, AUSTRIA 1030
Thursday November 27 - Backstage - Bayern, München, GERMANY 80634
Friday November 28 - Schlachthof - Hamburg, GERMANY 20357
Saturday November 29 - Knaack - Berlin, GERMANY 10405
Sunday November 30 - Prime Club - Köln, GERMANY 50674
Tuesday December 2 - Loppen - Copenhagen, DENMARK
Wednesday December 3 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Thursday December 4 - Debaser - Stockholm, SWEDEN
Friday December 5 - Stella Star Club - Helsinki, FINLAND
Saturday December 6 - Kulturbolaget - Malmö, SWEDEN
Monday December 8 - Doornroosje - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS
Tuesday December 9 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
Wednesday December 10 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Thursday December 11 - Vera Groningen - Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Friday, Dec 12 - Corporation - Sheffield, ENGLAND
Saturday December 13 - Temple Bar Music Centre - Dublin, IRELAND


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Therion new cd in may 04
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:15 CET

Therion have been busy as well, the work on the successor of “Secret Of The Runes” is making good progress, the recording has already been finished. Currently, the band is taking care of the mix at Danish Sun studios together with producer Lars Nissen (Tiamat etc.). If all goes well, the album will available in May 2004 via Nuclear Blast.

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In Flames new cd has been recorded
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:54 CET

Sweden's IN FLAMES have posted the following update on the recording process for their new album:

"Hello all, now we are done with the recording of the upcoming IN FLAMES album, due out next spring. It took almost 7 weeks in total to record and the way we choose to do it was the most challenging, interesting way we've ever recorded an album.

"As you might know, we did this in Denmark, where we had found a house suitable for our purposes earlier this year. It was located just outside Fredrikshamn, so even though we were camped in the middle of nowhere, we had just a few minutes to reality.

"We took all our gear and hired our two great friends and producers Örjan Örnkloo and Daniel Bergstrand to produce the album. They brought their equipment along and the first week was spent mostly by building the two control rooms that were located in the two wings of the building. We also had two other good friends, Magnus & Magnus who took care of the cooking, driving, tuning, re-stringing and basically everything else that we had no time to do, as we were focusing on the recording. Without them we wouldn't be alive...

"Then, as the drums were recorded earlier in Dug-Out studios, we started with the guitars, and setting the sound that we needed for them.

"After another week it was time for the bass guitar, alongside the recording of the remaining guitar parts.

"When the bass was finished after 6 days, Anders started on his vocals, and it all sounded great. It was the first time we could hear the energy that we had created in a more finished form.

"We are really thrilled, as we built this 'studio' from scratch, and the sound that we achieved on this album can never be recreated 100%, this will be totally original, in a good way.

"Anyways, hope you all will enjoy it, take care.

"Anders, Peter, Daniel, Björn & Jesper"


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Edguy news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:53 CET

German melodic metallers EDGUY have announced the details of their upcoming EP, "King Of Fools", due on February 2, 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The complete track listing for "King Of Fools" is as follows:

01. King Of Fools (3:30)
02. New Age Messiah (5:58)
03. The Savage Union (4:14)
04. Holy Water (4:13)
05. Life and Times Of A Bonus Track (3:23)

Total Running Time: 21:32

According to vocalist Tobias Sammet, "There will even be two orchestra songs on the EP...it's gonna be first-class stuff and some of the material is gonna be played live as well, so there is no B-side shit at all!" Only one of the songs from the EP will appear on EDGUY's forthcoming full length album, "Hellfire Club", and according to Tobi, will be different than the version on the EP. "Hellfire Club" is due for release on March 15, 2004.

The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake", which includes a collaboration with the German film orchestra Babelsberg (THE SCORPIONS), was produced by EDGUY and Norman Meiritz, with additional assistance from Sascha Paeth (RHAPSODY, ANGRA), who was responsible for the drum sound on the album. The final mix took place at the famous Finnvox Studios (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) in Helsinki, Finland.


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Manowar: Hell on Earth Part III
Posted by: Pax @ 6:53 CET

From the Kingdom of Steel:

From arena tours to the biggest festivals in the world, MANOWAR slaughter their way through another world tour delivering what heavy metal fans crave! Pure Power!

Hell On Earth III features more than 90 minutes of ear-numbing performances private behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and pre post show rituals.

This package also features the program 'Live In Germany The Ringfest', the legendary one-hour show that dominated the city of Cologne during the PopKomm. 2002 filmed and recorded in front of 27,000 people. This performance has been completely re-edited from at least a dozen cameras and remixed in 5.1 digital surround sound.

But that’s not all! For the first time ever the bands entire video collection is included.

Beginning with "Gloves Of Metal" to the latest "I Believe" plus several never before seen documentaries about the making of these videos.

Featuring more than 60 camera angles from performances in 17 countries and 35 cities, live footage from across the world, and the wildest, craziest and heaviest metal fans in the universe.

With the release of this double DVD MANOWAR have set the standard in heavy-metal video.

Get ready you’re about to go to HELL for the third time in your life!

Check this website soon for more details and information about Hell On Earth III shirts!


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Saturday, November 1, 2003

Skyclad, The Quireboys UK Xmas Tour
Posted by: Matze @ 22:43 CET

DEMOLITION RECORDS celebrate Christmas, and the labels Fourth birthday, with a series of shows rolling under the monicker "DEMOLITION XMAS BALL".
Performing at the show's will be the cream of the Demolition label namely THE QUIREBOYS, SKYCLAD, ANTIPRODUCT (Not Milton Keynes) and new label signings BECAUSE WE CAN (Newcastle Only).
All bands have new studio releases in early 2004, and will be utalising the show's to give the fans a taste of things to come!!
The dates are;

LONDON; WED 17th DECEMBER THE CARLING ACADAMY ISLINGTON
MILTON KEYNES; THUR 18th DECEMBER THE WOUGHTON CENTRE
BRADFORD; FRI 19th DECEMBER RIO'S
NEWCASTLE; SAT 20th DECEMBER NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY (All ages show)

All show's will include label freebies, as well as the expected yuletide jollity's.

SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

source: demolitionrecords.com


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Ayreon name new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 6:31 CET

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has set "Ayreon: The Human Equation" as the title for the group's forthcoming CD, tentatively due in May 2004 through an as-yet-undetermined label.

Among the guest vocalists scheduled to appear on the album are James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Devon Graves (a.k.a. Buddy Lackey, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), Magnus Ekwall (THE QUILL), Heather Findlay (MOSTLY AUTUMN), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE) and Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY).

AYREON's last two albums, "The Universal Migrator" parts I and II were released at the same time (2000), but were made available for sale independently. Part I, "The Dream Sequencer" contained mainly features laid-back, atmospheric material with songs focusing on melody, while Part II, "Flight Of The Migrator", featured metal songs, with guest appearances by Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN, ex-PINK CREAM 69), Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR) and Ian Parry (ELEGY), among others.


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Monday, October 27, 2003

The Gathering part ways with bassist and announce replacement
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:34 CET

Holland's THE GATHERING have parted ways with bassist Hugo Prinsen Geerligs and have replaced him with Marjolein Kooijman.

"After a period of soul searching, Hugo came to the conclusion he wants to spend his time otherwise, taking on new challenges profession-wise and focus on his private life," the band said in a statement. "He and his wife just had a beautiful baby girl. This means Hugo will end the year with THE GATHERING and [will do] one last show which will be in 013 in Tilburg, Holland the 16th of November. Of course we wish him all good luck and happiness in the future!

"THE GATHERING went on a quest to find a suitable replacement for Hugo and luckily they did not have to search very far. They found a great replacement for Hugo in female bass player Marjolein Kooijman from Oss Holland, the place where most of the band come from and started their GATHERING career. Marjolein, a very nice person and a natural talent indeed, studies at the Dutch 'Rock Academy' at Tilburg. You will get a chance to meet her when THE GATHERING will tour around Europe after the release of [their new EP] 'Sleepy Buildings' end of January 2004." Check out photos of the new lineup: Photo#1, Photo#2.

THE GATHERING's new "semi-acoustic" live album, "Sleepy Buildings", is due on January 26 through Century Media Records. Recorded at two exclusive gigs held at the LUX movie theatre and venue in Nijmegen, Holland on August 21-22, the disc features selections from the group's entire career ? from the classic debut "Always" to the commercial breakthough "Mandylion" to the trip-rock of "If_Then_Else". THE GATHERING will promote the album with a special semi-acoustic tour starting February 2004. More information will be made available soon.

Source : Blabbermouth.net


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Saturday, October 25, 2003

Mantas chooses producer after listening to the new Skyclad album!
Posted by: Matze @ 21:53 CET

MANTAS....Venoms guitarist, has finally foound a producer to put the finishing touches to his new CD "ZERO TOLLERANCE". DARIO MOLLO (Skyclad,Cradle Of Filth, Anathema etc) finally got the job after Mantas heard his work on the new SKYCLAD CD. He states " Although the SKYCLAD music is a million miles from my own sound, I've worked with Kev Ridley (The bands producer and singer) for nearly 20 years now and trust his judgement in the production department. He really rates Dario as having some of the best ideas he's come across, thats why he chose to work with him on the SKYCLAD CD. Anyway, Kev played me some of the new SKYCLAD tunes and I thought they sounded great!! Unbeknown to me, Kev told our record company that he thought Dario would do a cracking job on my album, and suggested we send him a track to see what he could do. Next thing I know I get a call to the office and they play me the mix of our track"Rage". It simply blew me away!! We were taliking to people like Colin Richardson (Slayer/Machine Head) and Dave Ogalvie (Marylin Manson), but when I heard what Dario did he got the job instantly.

Recorded at the Demolition Studios, Newcastle, this CD could possibly be the Black Metal Gods finest moment. Mantas states "All tracks are recorded now, so all I've got to do is find a producer whose got the balls to put the whole thing together". He continues "These are some of the strongest most brutal tracks I've ever recorded, and I can't wait to get the damn thing released so I can tour the arse off it". Joining MANTAS on bass guitar is his Mark III Venom ally TONY DOLAN. "When the chance came to include Tony in the new MANTAS line-up I jumped at it. He's one of the finest musicians I've ever worked with, and on a live stage he's simply fucking crazy!!... Thats what I want this band to be about, its got to be brutal in all aspects. On Stage I want it to be so fucking OTT you'll have to sign a waiver for your health before you're allowed in the Venue!!". Release for the new CD is expected to be February 2004, preceeded by a single and promo video in January.

source: http://www.demolitionrecords.com


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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Skyclad news
Posted by: Matze @ 9:24 CET

SKYCLAD.... Are putting the finishing touches to their new CD "A Semblance of Normality". Production was once again handled by KEVIN RIDLEY (also the bands vocalist), with the mixing process taking place at "Damage Inc. Studios" in Italy by Kevin and DARIO MOLLO.

This CD is without doubt the bands biggest project todate, with one of the Worlds finest Orchestra's, namely London's"ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA", blending perfectly with the band on a number of recorded tracks. Conductor with the Orchestra was ROBERT TRORY consisdered by many in classical circles as one of the best in the World.

Steve Ramsey, the bands guitarist, states from the studio in Italy "We all feel that we have finally reached the home straight now of an album that has turned out to be something of an epic undertaking. We thank you all for sticking with us, you'll soon be able to hear the result of all this hard work".

Release is planned for March 2004 with a single and promo video of the track "A Good Day To Bury Bad News" preceeding it in early February.

source: demolitionrecords.com


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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

LOTR Return of the King O.S.T.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:26 CET

Will be released on the 25th november 03, composed by Howard Shore and featuring a track by Annie Lennox (ex Eurythmics).

Here's the tracklist :

- A Storm is coming
- Hope and Memory
- Minas Tirith ( Ben del Maestro)
- The White Tree
- The Steward of Gondor (Billy Boyd)
- Minas Morgul
- The Ride of the Rohirrim
- Twilight and Shadow (Renée Fleming)
- Cirith Ungol
- Andúril
- Shelob?s Lair
- Ash and Smoke
- The Fields of the Pelennor
- Hope Fails
- The Black Gate Opens (Sir James Galway)
- The End of All Things (Renée Fleming)
- The Return of the King (Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Fleming)
- The Grey Havens (Sir James Galway)
- Into the West (Annie Lennox)


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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Radio Playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:12 CET

Added two clannad tracks.


Actual Playlist


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Monday, October 13, 2003

CD Review : Rhea's Obsession 'Between Earth and Sky'
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:36 CET

Check my Review!

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Gig Review : Mushroomhead + Motograter + guests
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:47 CET

Gig review by Ericagal178. You can read it here!

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Gig Review : Slaves on dope+Ice cake, Paris
Posted by: Stéphane @ 0:22 CET

Short Review by Canadave here

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Sunday, October 12, 2003

Switchblade Symphony live cd this month!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:40 CET

On October 14, 2003, Cleopatra Records will release a live Switchblade Symphony CD called "Sweet Little Witches." It will contain the following tracks: 1. Witches
2. Doll House
3. Rampid
4. Novacaine
5. Funnel
6. Roller Coaster
7. Into the Sky
8. Invisible 9. Wicked
10. Wrecking Yard
11. Dirty Dog
12. Dissolve
13. Soldiers
14. Clown

VIDEO: Dirty Dog (live)


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Dark Sanctuary currently recording
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:30 CET

The band has entered studio, in order to record the new album. This one actualy has 13 songs, and will long around 70 minutes. As for "l'être las - l'envers du miroir", the new album will be recorded at Klangschmiede Studio E in Germany.



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T.C.S. without keyboardist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:47 CET

Xavier "Kreuv" Perrodon has left Time Curve Symmetry.
The release of the new album is delayed and the band will use samples unless they find the adequate replacement.


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Medwyn Goodall news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:47 CET

NEW RELEASE !!

CHRONICLES -CD NEW ALBUM RELEASED!

Yes its here, in stock and may I add ONLY available here or at OREADE stockists. This is NOT a New World product.

One of the very best albums I have yet produced. Some fans are calling it my "Best album ever", which is high praise indeed and most flattering. Certainly this album breaks new ground in many directions, not only musically, but also in terms of artwork and graphics. The CD cover comes in the form of small booklet which describes and illustrates the story behind CHRONICLES.

So what is CHRONICLES? In a nutshell its my own "Middle Earth", my own "Lord of the Rings". Lovers of magic and fantasy are going to love the unfolding story that has been written and dramatised within the music.

For more information and an in-depth look and listen click on NEW RELEASES, found under SHOP.


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Inkubus Sukkubus 's new cd in October
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:44 CET

The new album is being pressed now, There were a few problems , but there have now been sorted out and the pressing should be in the possesion of Resurrection Records by Wednesday 15th, all orders will then be sent out and the release date of October 20th will happen as planned.

Cd's title is "the beast with two backs".


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The Changelings debut CD reissued
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:42 CET

The Changelings Self-Titled debut CD is back.
Re-issue of the long out of print debut album .. digitally re-mastered and featuring all brand new digipak artwork and lyrics.


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Cruachan mp3 preview
Posted by: Matze @ 9:26 CET

"PAGAN sound sample now up...click to download pagan.mp3"

source: http://www.cruachan.cjb.net


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Levellers News
Posted by: Matze @ 9:23 CET

...taken from the Levellers Newsletter:

LEVELLERS ACOUSTIC GIG
For one night, and one night only on 27th October 2003, the Levellers play an acoustic set at the Sussex Arts Club in Brighton. We have limited places and the tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance because its a private members club. That means you must email your name and address to lois@levellers.co.uk when you have bought a ticket, so that we can make you a member! Tickets are £8.50 and are available from Rounder Records, 19 Brighton Square
Brighton. Tel : 01273 325440
Doors - 8pm
For further details on the venue, go to www.sussexarts.com

NOVEMBER Here are the dates for the coming UK tour in December! Tickets are available at
www.wayahead.com

29/11 Liverpool Academy
30/11 Bristol Academy
1/12 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
2/12 Birmingham Academy
3/12 Glasgow QMC
5/12 Southampton Guildhall
6/12 London Shepherds Bush
7/12 Norwich UEA
8/12 Cambridge Corn Exchange
10/12 Nottingham Rock City
11/12 Sheffield Octagon
12/12 York Barbican
13/12 Manchester Academy

We are currently deciding on who is going to be the support band for this tour. We will let you know as soon as we can.

LIVE ALBUM!
We are planning to record a live album next year at the Buxton opera house. There will also be guest artistes performing on the album such as Nick Harper and Rev Hammer. The gig will be on Feb 27th but we dont have any ticket information at the moment so watch this space.

OYSTERBAND TOUR
OYSTERBAND, who appeared at Beautiful Days in August, hit the road in December to celebrate 25 years of hanging in there.

Dates are:

02/12 LEEDS IRISH CENTRE 0113 248 0887
03/12 BIRKENHEAD PACIFIC ROAD ARTS CENTRE 0151 666 5023
04/12 MANCHESTER LOWRY THEATRE 0870 787 5780
05/12 WOLVERHAMPTON WULFRUN HALL 01902 552 121
06/12 GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL ARTS CENTRE 01452 505 089
07/12 WAVENDON STABLES ARTS CENTRE 01908 280 800
09/12 BRIDGWATER PALACE 01278 434 507
10/12 EXETER ST GEORGE S HALL 01392 425 309
11/12 SALISBURY CITY HALL 01722 327 676
12/12 LONDON THE FORUM 0207 344 0044

As a birthday present to themselves they have invited along some old friends and fellow-travellers - all shows feature JUNE TABOR, plus Acoustic CHUMBAWAMBA at Leeds, Wolverhampton and London, and SHOW OF HANDS at Bridgwater, Exeter and Salisbury.

More details and tickets for the final special party night in London available from their website, at: www.oysterband.co.uk


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Lake Of Tears sign with Noise!
Posted by: Max @ 3:08 CET

"We are proud to announce that successful band Lake Of Tears has signed with Noise. The original line-up has come together again to prove that they're still one of the most impressive bands in the modern metal scene. Recordings for the next album are scheduled for early 2004." /Noise Records

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Saturday, October 11, 2003

Septic Flesh split up!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:59 CET

Sadly the break-up of SEPTIC FLESH was announced earlier today. Band manager George Zacharopoulos stated the following on behalf of the band: "It is my sad duty to inform you that Septic Flesh has officially split-up!! After serious thinking the band decided that due to various circumstances they can no longer operate as a collective unit. Therefore, a journey of 13 years came to an end??. The band send their regards to all their fans and followers of the dreamlord who remained loyal to the band all these years and sustained the nightmare of Septic Flesh alive?we will never forget you."

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Friday, October 10, 2003

Annihilator: new old drummer
Posted by: Matze @ 17:50 CET

Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR have parted ways with drummer Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) and have rejoined forces with former skinsman Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI).

"Despite having guaranteed the band that he would be performing on their upcoming new release, and being scheduled to record drum tracks in 5 weeks, last-minute 'requests' made it impossible to continue a positive working relationship [with Randy]," the group explain in an official statement.

Mangini will track the drums for the forthcoming ANNIHILATOR album at a Boston studio beginning in six weeks.

Says ANNIHILATOR leader Jeff Waters: "As most drummers know, Mike is one of the best in the business and it is an honor for me to work with a pro like him. He is going to help set a new standard for ANNIHILATOR and metal drumming. A tall order but one Mangini is eager to and able to achieve."

With respect to the new CD, Waters states, "Although the last five ANNIHILATOR studio CDs have all had some good material on them, I made a promise to myself and the new label that I will deliver something far beyond what I have been doing for the last 10 years. And I will."

The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Waking The Fury" will be released in March/April 2004 through Germany's AFM Records.

source: blabbermouth


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Thursday, October 9, 2003

Radio Playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:53 CET

Just to let you know I've replaced two previous yearning tracks by tracks of their latest cd.

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Monday, October 6, 2003

Live Review: Beyond the Embrace: Jag Panzer, Helloween
Posted by: Pax @ 22:35 CET

Beyond the Embrace, Jag Panzer, and Helloween:
Live at the Key Club


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Live Review: Lacuna Coil
Posted by: Pax @ 22:34 CET

Lacuna Coil: Live at the Roxy

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In Flames recording update
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:46 CET

Sweden's IN FLAMES have posted the following update to their official web site:

"Hello all, some news regarding the current recording of the follow up to ['Reroute To Remain']. On Saturday the 27th of September we travelled to Denmark with 2 buses filled with studio equipment, and our personal instruments, etc to start what will be next year's IN FLAMES release, featuring Daniel Bergstrand [MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD] and Örjan Örnklo [ex-MISERY LOVES CO.] as producers.

"Everything looks great here: the equipment is hooked up and working well, five songs are done on rhythm guitar, and on Monday [October 6] we'll start laying down bass guitar, and then move on to vocals.

"We have two studios set up, one for guitar and electronics and one for bass and vocals, so the recording process is very smooth.

"For relaxation we have a fully equipped spa area with a sauna, a jacuzzi, a pool and a tanning bed, so whenever there is time for getting our acts together, we just go there....

"And to make things even better, we have our personal assistant Magnus with us and our chef ? also named Magnus ? so we get excellent food each day and some great assistance...

"Right now we have our magnificent webmaster Fredrik visiting, and some pictures will be uploaded soon to give u a small view on what we're doing, and we'll try to keep you updated more throughout this month, with pictures and info....

"We were also supposed to have some webcam pictures for you, but Fredrik got a little too much under his belt yesterday and couldn't understand the procedure, so maybe next time....

"Have fun and we'll talk soon, Jesper Daniel Anders Björn & Peter"

As previously reported, IN FLAMES' forthcoming CD will surface through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe, with whom the group have two albums remaining under the terms of their present contract. IN FLAMES are currently in negotiations with several labels about a possible North American record deal. More information will be made available soon.


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Sunday, October 5, 2003

Online sales mean music industry approaching vinyl curtain
Posted by: Matze @ 10:30 CET

"...As sales drop like a lead Zeppelin"

The Inquirer has posted some thoughts on the music industry - an interesting read.
Click here.


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Saturday, October 4, 2003

Patrick Rondat working on new album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:50 CET

Nothing To Say has signed Patrick Rondat for a worldwide licence. « An Ephemeral World », his next album is scheduled for a spring 04 release. Recording will take place between October to December at Bazment Studios (Germany) with Markus Teske for sound engineer.

Dirk Bruinenberg (Elegy, Adagio) will perfom on drums, Patrice Guers will handle bass.



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Andrea 'Nebel' Haugen - News
Posted by: Matze @ 9:07 CET

"Nebelhexe (formerly known as Hagalaz' Runedance) is currently recording her new album entitled "Laguz - Beneath the Lake". In October Andrea will record a video of one of the new Nebelhexe songs. Besides she will try to finish her graphic novel by the end of the year. Due to the busy schedule the planned South American tour was postponed to spring 2004."

source: Sure Shot Worx


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Friday, October 3, 2003

Penumbra News
Posted by: Matze @ 15:23 CET

Kyrsten, Zoltan and Dorian have left Penumbra.
In related news, the band's new album "Seclusion" is available here.


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More Skyclad News
Posted by: Matze @ 9:42 CET

Taken from the official Skyclad homepage:

"At last, the news that we know a lot of you have been waiting what seems like an eternity for. After almost twelve months of recording, writing, rewriting and even more recording the time has finally come to put the finishing touches to the new album and get down to some serious mixing and post production. The album is to be mixed at the Damage Inc Studio in Italy with the help of Dario Mollo, with our very own Kevin Ridley overseeing the knob twiddling, work is due to start this week and hopefully we will have some MP3's up on the site very soon for you all to listen to. The studio has been used in the past for production and recording by the likes of Anathema, Cradle of Filth, Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) and Glen Hughes etc, so we are looking forward to this being one of the best sounding albums to date.The album title as we have already mentioned is going to be "A Semblance of Normality" and the aptness of this title is becoming more apparent to us week by week as things just keep getting more bizarre in the Skyclad camp!

In keeping with the bizarre theme is the collaboration of Skyclad and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and yes you did read that right! In true Skyclad fashion we always like to try something a bit different on each album so on several of the new tracks we have fourteen top class musicians from one of the worlds best known orchestras performing the string arrangements of the soon to be legendary classical writing team of Ramsey/Biddle. This strange collaboration was put to tape (or should that be hard disc) this Tuesday (September 30th) in London's Eden Studios, the recording went as we expected and turned out pretty amazing, we feel that this has provided the 'icing' to an already tasty cake! And as proof to you all that it is most definitely not keyboards we have included a picture below of the event.


We all feel that we have finally reached the home straight now of an album that has turned out to be something of an epic undertaking and we thank you all for sticking with us, you'll soon be able to hear the result of all this hard work right here, keep watching for more info soon."


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New Model Army US Tour
Posted by: Pax @ 7:13 CET

After a long and painful day- this is good friggin news. When I rule, I rule. -The Ed

New Model Army Acoustic Show - featuring Justin Sullivan & Dean White.
North America - November 2003
5 - Washington DC - Black Cat
6 - Boston - venue TBC
7 - Hoboken NJ - Maxwells
8 - New York NY - Sin-e
9 - Philadelphia - North Star Bar - TBC
11 - Montreal - venue TBC
or
11 - Ottowa - venue TBC
12 - Toronto ONT - Lee's
13 - Clevland OH - Beachland Ballroom
14 - Chicago IL - Shooba's
15 - St Louis MO - Creepy Crawl
17 - Kansas City MO - El Torreon
18 - Dallas TX - Gypsy Tea Room
19 - Houston TX - Axiom
21 - Phoenix AZ - Mason Jar
22 - Los Angeles CA - Echo Lounge
23 - Santa Ana CA - Galaxy Theatre
25 - San Francisco - DNA Lounge
28 - Portland - DV8
29 - Seattle or Vancouver - venue TBC



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Thursday, October 2, 2003

Skyclad News
Posted by: Matze @ 21:37 CET

Vampster.com reports that some of the songs on the upcoming Skyclad album "A Semblance Of Normality" will feature the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It's being mixed at the Eden Studios" UK (U2, OASIS, BON JOVI) and at the "Damage Inc. Studios" in Italy (ANATHEMA, CRADLE OF FILTH, GLENN HUGHES). Furthermore it seems that the release date hasn't changed - it's still Feb 04.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Iran bands rock on
Posted by: Matze @ 8:44 CET

Just noticed this article about Iran's music scene (incl. one of Iran's "underground" heavy-metal bands). A very interesting read! :)

Thanks to blabbermouth


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Monday, September 29, 2003

Nightwish to record new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:16 CET

Finland's NIGHTWISH have begun the final preparations for the recording of their new album, tentatively due in June 2004 through Spinefarm Records. "[The] band will lock themselves at the studio where they'll spend about a month practicing and arranging the songs for the new album," according to post on the group's web site. The band will once again use their own studio (Caverock) in Kitee to record the drums, bass and keyboards/synths, while the vocals and guitars will be recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox facility. 13 new songs and one cover version will be recorded during the sessions, which are expected to be completed by the end of March.


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Sunday, September 28, 2003

Live Review: Odin
Posted by: Pax @ 23:41 CET

Odin: Live at the Troubadour, September 26, 2003

Read the Review


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Friday, September 26, 2003

Finntroll back in studio in november
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:44 CET

FINNTROLL will enter Sundicoop Studio in Savonlinna, Finland in November to begin recording their new album, tentatively due in the spring.

"At this point we have 30 minutes of material," said keyboardist Trollhorn. The music is the best we've ever made, as usual. Combining the melodies of 'Jaktens Tid', the rawness and sheer maliciousness from 'Midnattens' and the epicness of 'Visor om Slutet', it should be a killer. Lyrics will be in Swedish, as usual, and no English will be used. Joik? We don't know yet. Acoustics? Some. Banjo? Yes.

"This time we want a bit more 'meaner' sound, so expect some downtuned guitars and say goodbye [to the] power metal production."

A two-and-a-half-minute demo "preview" of the new material has been posted online in MP3 format at this location.

"There are many melodies included in that 'mix' as I wanted it to be something people will remember when they wait for the album," Trollhorn said of the clip. "But I also included some grim parts there, too, as we're definitely going more evil on the next album. Wait and hear!!!"

Regarding the "singing" parts included in the demo preview, Trollhorn said, "[current FINNTROLL frontman Tapio Wilska] does not 'sing' in those couple of seconds, it is yours truly, who is definitely NOT going to do anything like that to the next album. Basically I have only screeched into the tracks if I have had the lyrics ready to get and give the complete picture.

"And for those who wanted 'more vocals': Many of the parts you hear [in this clip] are supposed to include vocals, but these demos do not include vocals except for the two tracks there are included."

FINNTROLL guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta died in March from injuries sustained in an accidental fall he took while intoxicated. The group's last release ? an "acoustic/experimental" CD titled "Visor Om Slutet" ? was their first to feature Wilska.

(source blabbermouth)


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Fiddler's Green: Snippet-Mix-MP3
Posted by: Matze @ 9:34 CET

A Snippet-Mix-MP3 (ca. 5 min, 128 kbps, 44 kHz, stereo, 4,5 MB) from the new Fiddler's Green album NU FOLK is available at the band's official homepage.

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Satan reunion gig: more than a rumor!
Posted by: Matze @ 9:18 CET

According to www.keep-it-true.de, NWOBHM legend SATAN in original 'Court In the Act' Line up feat. BLITZKRIEG vocalist Brian Ross and SKYCLAD'S Steve Ramsey and Graeme "Bean" English, have been confirmed for Germany's "Keep It True" festival.


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Thursday, September 25, 2003

CD Review: Blackmore's Night - "Ghost of a Rose"
Posted by: Max @ 9:05 CET

I'm on fire!! Another review is up!!

(I'm running out of words here)


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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

The Gathering news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:28 CET

Holland's THE GATHERING will perform at the fifth anniversary of the 013 club in Tilburg, the Netherlands on November 16. Tickets for the show, which will most likely turn out to be the group's only Dutch gig for the remainder of the year, will cost five euros. For more information, visit www.013web.nl.

THE GATHERING will spend the next couple of months preparing for the release of their semi-acoustic live album, "Sleepy Buildings", tentatively due in January. A tour in support of the EP, which reportedly "turned out very special," will kick off early next year.


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CD Review: Amorphis - "Far From The Sun"
Posted by: Max @ 13:02 CET

I must say, I'm surprised nobody reviewed this album yet! But I'm about to justify the situation. Go read the review. Or go and buy it, and write your own!

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Saturday, September 20, 2003

Letzte Instanz: new mp3 clips
Posted by: Matze @ 21:34 CET

Five mp3 clips from the new Letzte Instanz album "Götter auf Abruf" are available at the band's official homepage.

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Friday, September 19, 2003

Dein Schatten... write to penny dreadful crew.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:59 CET

Hello Penny Dreadful Crew

"Dein Schatten" is a new dark metal rock project, similarly maybe like Rammstein, VNV Nation, Funkervogt, Falco, Tom Waits, powered by the guitarist, singer-songwriter (sing on German language) multi-instrumentalist Dieter Bornschlegel. He is a pioneer of the German progressiverock history (Guru Guru, Atlantis). He is just publishing his album "Das Ewige Eis", a mixture of melancholy and mania that asks you to dance.

The Band`s first single "Woanders sein" was mixed by D-Kay, Timo Donati, Air Liquide, Bliss for the dance floor, and many DJs around the world allready the songs now in theire alternative clubs.The last month Nr.1 on the Top Ten at France Canada, Belgium, German independent radios.

As new act it`s a verry important for us do you have interest to make a review or interview.

Best greetings

Ussi


DEIN SCHATTEN
c/o Ussi Christian Absi
Wertherstr. 95 a
D-33615 Bielefeld
Deutschland
http://www.dein-schatten.de
http://www.visioneurope.de


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CD Review : Yearning "Evershade"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:47 CET

I've just received the new Yearning cd. Could not wait to review it and to share it with you all. Check it here!

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Thursday, September 18, 2003

CD Review : Iron Maiden "Dance of Death"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:32 CET

The latest Iron Maiden cd is reviewed here

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

CD Review: Johnny Cash
Posted by: Pax @ 7:08 CET

Johnny Cash: American IV When the Man Comes Around

Click Here


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CD Review: Arch Enemy
Posted by: Pax @ 7:07 CET

Arch Enemy: Anthems of Rebellion

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Sentenced Recording Hockey Anthem
Posted by: Pax @ 8:55 CET

From www.sentenced.org

Sentenced made supporting song for Oulun Kärpät!
Sentenced has recorded supporting song for Oulun Kärpät, ice hockey team in Oulu. Song is called "Routasydän" and its first ever Sentenced song in Finnish. Song is composed by Miika Tenkula and lyrics are by Sami Lopakka.

- The idea came from Kärpät. They wanted us to do a song and same time little bit renew the form supporting songs usually have. Firstofall we made a demo song that sounded like us and then when they liked it we went straight to the studio, Ville Laihiala tells.

- I'm a hard supporter of Kärpät so this is like honor thing, Ville continues.

"Routasydän" will be published on CD that contains also previous supporting songs of Kärpät. It will be available in early october at Kärpät Fan-shop.

Listen RadioMega (local radiostation at Oulu) on thurstday 11.9 about 9:30, "Routasydän" will be played and there's interview of Sami Lopakka.


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Sunday, September 14, 2003

Kreator to enter studio May 2004
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:18 CET

German thrashers KREATOR will enter the studio in May 2004 to begin recording their new album, tentatively due late next year through SPV Records.

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Iced Earth cd pushed back
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:17 CET

The release date of ICED EARTH's new album, "The Glorious Burden", has been officially pushed back to January 13, 2004 (a day earlier internationally), according to SPV Records. A single (view cover here) containing the tracks "The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me)", "When The Eagle Cries" (Unplugged), "Valley Forge" and "Hollow Man" will be released on October 27.

"The Glorious Burden" (view cover here) is the group's first CD to feature new vocalist Tim Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST), who replaced Matt Barlow earlier in the summer. The follow-up to 2001's "Horror Show" features Owens alongside ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer (guitar), Richard Christy (drums, ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED), James MacDonough (bass) and Ralph Santolla (guitar, EYEWITNESS, MILLENIUM, ex-DEATH).

The complete track listing for "The Glorious Burden" is as follows:

01. Star Spangled Banner
02. Declaration Day
03. When The Eagle Cries
04. The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me)
05. Attila
06. Red Baron/Blue Max
07. Hollow Man
08. Waterloo
09. Valley Forge
10. Gettysburg (1863)
11. The Devil To Pay
12. Hold At All Costs
13. High Water Mark



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Dream Theater news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:16 CET

DREAM THEATER have set "Train Of Thought" as the title for their new album, tentatively due on November 11 through Elektra Records.

The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. As I Am
02. This Dying Soul
03. Endless Sacrifice
04. Honor Thy Father
05. Vacant
06. Stream Of Consciousness
07. In The Name Of God

"Train Of Thought" was produced by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy and engineered by Doug Oberkircher. It was mixed by Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with IRON MAIDEN, LED ZEPPELIN and JOURNEY, among others.



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Friday, September 12, 2003

RIP: Johnny Cash
Posted by: Pax @ 22:00 CET

Rest In Peace Johnny Cash, the Man in Black. Johnny Cash passed away after complications with diabetes.

One more legend gone to walk to long grey roads...


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CD Review: Dimmu Borgir - "Death Cult Armageddon"
Posted by: Max @ 9:06 CET

The new album of the Norwegian Dimmu Borgir is here! Want to know more? Read the review.

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Thursday, September 11, 2003

New Radio Playlist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:18 CET

Matze and I did a major update of music with a soul radio. We removed some old stuff that has been there too long, and of course we have put some new music all penny dread fools will enjoy.

Check the actual playlist here!


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