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January 2003


Friday, January 31, 2003

CD Review : Nick Cave "Nocturama"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:18 CET

Another cd review by Blue Horse.

Nick Cave review


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The Cure news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:17 CET

The The Cure have signed with ArtistDirect Records for their next album.
Concerning the "Trilogy" DVD featuring whole shows in Berlin with encores and backstages, they have chosen Eagle Rock Productions.


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CD Review: Great White - "Hooked"
Posted by: Max @ 13:40 CET

OK, it's not a new album, but I wanted to write about it for soooo long... Unfortunately, when I finally did it, I have a feeling that I forgot so many important things... Check it out.

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Thursday, January 30, 2003

Elend is coming back
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:15 CET

The french/austrian dark project is back. The band is supposed to enter studio soon after 5 years of silence.
The new cd will be released on Prophecy Productions.


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Help put Stan Rogers into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
Posted by: Pax @ 3:44 CET

My lady Erin just sent me this. There's a petition going to get Stan Rogers posthumously inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Stan Rogers was a dynamic force in the Folk scene, before he was tragically killed in a plane crash just as he was breaking into the mainstream. You've all (hopefully) read my reviews on him and my editorial on dying young. So go honor one of the great musicians who put his heart and soul into his music. Isn't that what Penny Dreadful is all about?

http://www.geist.com/stanrogers/index.php


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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

King Diamond ready to record new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:19 CET

KING DIAMOND have finished writing 12 songs for their next studio album, "The Puppet Master", tentatively due in October through Metal Blade Records. According to the band's official web site, "King wrote nine songs this time and finished writing the music for those songs about two weeks ago. [KING DIAMOND guitarist] Andy [LaRocque] contributed three songs. So most likely there will be 12 songs on the album. However there is a slight possibility a short instrumental song might make it on the album. That is not confirmed at the moment.

"This time there will be no typical intro but an intro song which will be around two minutes [long] and is entitled 'The Sailor' which ends with the words 'Let The Show Begin' before kicking in with the [title track].

"The new songs sound very aggressive but still have a lot of theatrical elements in it," King said. "Expect a lot of double kicks in the songs I wrote."

Also included on the album will be "a very sad, sad song (probably entitled 'So Sad'), which has very intense guitar playing on it," according to the web site. "King also said drummer Matt Thompson contributed a guitar riff on one of the songs. [In addition], on one of the songs, 'The Little Drummer Boy' theme is used. Further news is that Andy will arrive on February 27th in Dallas where he and King will start recording the songs. [KING DIAMOND bassist] Hal [Patino] will arrive about three weeks later."


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New Type O Negative tracklist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:18 CET

TYPE O NEGATIVE have finalized most of the song titles for their upcoming CD, "The Dream Is Dead", due in April through Roadrunner Records.

Among the tracks set to appear on the forthcoming album are the following:

01. A Dish Better Served Cold (formerly "Truth Decay")
02. Nettie
03. Electro-cute
04. I Like Girls
05. Valentine's Day
06. I Don't Want to Be Me
07. Anesthesia
08. Angry Inch ("Hedwig And The Angry Inch" cover)
09. Above All Things
10. Life is Killing Me

In addition, two demo songs — "I Need Love" and "Why Won't You Love Me" — will be included, but are yet to be given "official" titles. A 13th, as-yet-untitled cut will also be added to the final sequence.

As was the case with the group's previous efforts, "The Dream Is Dead" was recorded at Brooklyn, New York's Systems 2 studios and was produced by keyboardist Josh Silver.


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CD Review : Switchblade Symphony 'Serpentine Gallery'
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:16 CET

Oldie but goodie as they say. Here's the review of Switchblade Symphony's "serpentine gallery". Enjoy!

Switchblade Symhony review


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CD Review: Amon Amarth - "Versus The World"
Posted by: Max @ 2:32 CET

I'm back, baby!! Check out the review. Sorry, have to run....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Type O negative new cd in April
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:55 CET

Type O negative will release a new cd called "The dream is dead" in April.

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Gary Numan to release a live and a new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:54 CET

Gary Numan is about to release two cds. The 'Scarred live at Brixton Academy' will contain many Numan classics such as "Are Friends Electric?", "Cars", "Me, I Disconnect From You" or "Down In The Park" (2001 tour).

The other cd called "Hybrids" will contain three previously unreleased tracks and some remake of older songs with people such as Sulpher, Alan Moulder, Curve, Rico and New Disease.


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Blackmore's night live cd release date
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:51 CET

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, featuring legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW), have set a Feb. 25 American release date through SPV Records for their double live CD, "Past Times With Good Company". This release includes a new cover photo, different bonus track and alternate photos from those found on the European and Japanese versions.

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Slayer dvd tracklist (rel. Feb.11)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:50 CET

SLAYER's upcoming live DVD, titled "War At The Warfield", will contain the following track listing:

01. Disciple
02. War Ensemble
03. Stain of Mind
04. New Faith
05. Postmortem
06. Raining Blood
07. Hell Awaits
08. Here Comes the Pain
09. Die by the Sword
10. Dittohead
11. Bloodline
12. God Send Death
13. Dead Skin Mask
14. Seasons in the Abyss
15. Captor of Sin
16. Mandatory Suicide
17. Chemical Warfare
18. South of Heaven
19. Angel of Death

Recorded at San Francisco's The Warfield on Dec. 7, 2001 during the band's "God Hates The World" tour, "War At The Warfield" marks one of the last live appearances with the group of drummer Paul Bostaph, who announced his departure from the band shortly before Christmas 2001 due to a "chronic elbow injury." Bostaph has since joined San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC, who recently completed work on their sophomore album, titled "Pleasure To Burn", for an April 15 release through Elektra Records.

"War At The Warfield" is slated for release on Feb. 11.


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Middle Pillar to re-release all The Changelings cds.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:12 CET

Asking in an email about a re-release of the 'Mercury' EP by The changelings, i got that kind answer by the band :
"we are planning a re-release with Middle Pillar. Have you gone to their website? They would have anything of ours, but that might have sold out. They are going to be repressing everything of ours that is currently unavailable (within the next four months I believe)."


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Live Review - Bryan Adams, Live in Auckland, New Zealand
Posted by: Max @ 2:38 CET

Here you go! My very first LIVE review!!! :) We don't get too many good musicians in this God-forsaken corner of the world, but when we do...

Well, just read the review!


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Saturday, January 25, 2003

Flowing Tears : Stefanie out of the band!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:58 CET

Germany's FLOWING TEARS have parted ways with singer Stefanie Duchene. According to the group, "Stefanie wants to focus on private things in the future and coudn't combine that with the band's touring and recording plans any longer — so both sides decided that it would be the best for all to go separate ways.

"The decision to part ways with Stefanie was a hard one for all of us, and the reason why we did it was to enable the band to go on. We have already written half the new album, and we are convinced that the new stuff is by far the best we've ever written. Currently we are looking for a new singer, and as soon as we've found a new vocalist who both musically and personally fits into FLOWING TEARS we'll continue our way at 120%!!!!! We'll definitely record the new album within this year and we'll back on stage with our new singer as soon as possible."

Singers interested in auditioning for the group should send an e-mail with info to: mail@flowingtears.com.


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Amorphis mixing new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:57 CET

Finland's AMORPHIS are scheduled to commence the mixing process for their as-yet-untitled new album on Feb. 4 at Finnvox studios with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, SENTENCED). A late spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected.

The sextet, who are currently unsigned following a lengthy stint with Relapse Records, tracked 15 songs during the sessions, with 10 tentatively scheduled to appear on the follow-up to 2000's "Am Universum". AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen tracked all vocals for the album at Seawolf studio in Suomenlinna, just outside Helsinki. The vocal parts were produced by Seawolf owner Hannu Leiden (ex-singer of HAVANA BLACKS), who has previously worked with HANOI ROCKS, among others. Says guitarist Esa Holopainen: "I think our new material is a mixture of both new and old elements."


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Arch Enemy to enter backstage studio soon
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:56 CET

ARCH ENEMY are scheduled to enter the studio in early February to begin recording the follow-up to 2001's "Wages Of Sin".

"[Producer] Andy Sneap is coming over to Sweden on the 4th of February for the pre-production," guitarist Michael Amott wrote on the band's official web site. "This process involves a final analysis of the material and various preparations for the recording session – basically eliminating any weak points! We are rehearsing like mad now...getting ready for Andy's arrival (we are getting very self critical at this point, ha-ha!). We're also doing a week of dates here in Sweden and Norway before he arrives! On the 10th of February we fly to the UK and start recording drums…then it's guitars, bass and vocals + extra shit. We'll be spending 1 month in Andy's Backstage studio facilities.

"We are confident that Andy Sneap is the man to capture the whole vibe we've got going on right now...it's fresh and insanely heavy - it feels so good being in this band right now!

"What can I tell you about the new songs? Lots of HEAVY riffs and COOL parts, the melodies and hooks are the strongest we've come up with so far in our career I believe. Lyrically it's heavier too…raw and real. And yes, there's some ultra-sick guitar shit going on too... otherwise it wouldn't be ARCH ENEMY, right? For us, It's a matter of picking up were we left off with 'Wages Of Sin' and just pushing ourselves to be 100% better!!! (Not that easy, we raised the bar pretty damn high on the 'W.O.S.' album!)."


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Paradise Lost to release a new single
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:34 CET

PARADISE LOST will be releasing a new single in the U.K. to coincide with the group's British tour dates.

The single will be the "Special Edition" EP version containing the following tracks:

01. Erased
02. Two Worlds
03. Self Obsessed (live)
Enhanced Part:
04. "Erased" video (director's cut)
05. Making of "Erased" video

The official release date is yet to be confirmed.


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Cruachan have a new permanent band member
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:33 CET

Ireland's CRUACHAN have announced the addition to the group's lineup of a new full-time band member, Ed Gilbert. "Ed, who has been playing with us for over a year now as our guest, has now become a full-time member of the band," the group said in an official statement. "A lot of you have probably seen Ed play live with us in the past and will be familiar with him. He is a great musician and a great personality. Ed will be playing keyboard, tin whistle, banjo, acoustic guitar and bosco jays."

As previously reported, CRUACHAN have booked Sonic studios in Dublin from March 29 to May 11 to record their next album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The band's last album, "Folk-Lore", was released in 2002.


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Friday, January 24, 2003

Siouxie and the banshees to release live cd and dvd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:50 CET

Last Siouxsie and The Banshees 's gig at Shepherd Bush Empir will be released as a live cd and dvd. Tracklisting is still unknown but we'll got more news soon from The Creatures's homepage www.thecreatures.com



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Thursday, January 23, 2003

King's X name new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:38 CET

KING'S X have set "Black Like Sunday" as the title for their upcoming CD, tentatively due in April/May through Metal Blade Records.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Iron Maiden news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:56 CET

It seems Drummer Nicko Mc Brain has composed one of the song of the new album. The band is actually in studio to record their new cd before touring a lot, worldwide, as always.

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Chaostar and Septic Flesh news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:53 CET

Busy schedule for both projects....
Septic Flesh will release "Sumerian Daemons" on the 27th January through Hammerheart records.

The side project Chaostar is actually in studio for a late january release through holy records.


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Cradle of filth new cd scheduled for march
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:50 CET

"Damnation and a Day" due to a 10/03 release through Sony Music will contain those tracks :
01. A Bruise Upon The Silent Moon, 02. The Promise Of Fever, 03. Hurt And Virtue, 04. An Enemy Led The Tempest, 05. Damned In Any Language ( A Plague On Words), 06. Better To Reign In Hell, 07. Serpent Tongue, 08. Carrion, 09. The Mordant Liquor Of Tears, 10. Presents From The Poison-Hearted, 11. Doberman Pharaoh, 12. Babalon A.D. (So Glad For The Madness), 13. A Scarlet Witch Lit The Season, 14. Mannequin, 15. Thank God For The Suffering, 16. The Smoke Of Her Burning, 17. End Of Daze.

It seems to be a big project, COF has been helped by 40 musicians and 32 chorists from budapest's orchester.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Mathias leaves Falconer!
Posted by: Pax @ 4:34 CET

From www.falconer-metal.com

NEW FALCONER VOCALIST

Falconer and vocalist Mathias Blad has parted.
The reason was clashes of schedules, Falconer wanted to give the "liveactivity" a serious try and take all chances they could get.
The schedule Mathias´ musicals have didn´t make that easy to go through with.
So the choice was to continue with him and thereby maybe not being able to tour after the next album. The second choice was to get a new singer losing a trademark of the band but being able to take the chances when they come.
Cease the day, as they say.

There are no hard feelings between us, we just had different priorities.
Mathias wanted to do what he had worked and strived for, for years.
The rest of Falconer wanted to take the oppurtunity to experiance something new and different.
Mathias is not 100% out of the picture but are planned to appear as backing vocalist on future recordings.

The new vocalist is called Kristoffer Göbel, also in the band DESTINY.
He is not a Mathias wannabe but have his own style, which also gives the band a chance to evolve.

THE TRIO BECOMES A QUARTET

Also new in the band are the former sessionmusicians:
Anders Johansson (guitar) and Peder Johansson (Bass).
They have played with the band for a year now so why not take them in as real members.

NEW ALBUM

The new album is to be recorded in May at Los Angered studio once again.
This time it will be a consept album but fear not dear fans, it will not be one of those weird hardlistened conseptalbums. The music is mostly as it has been but with one lyrical story throughout the whole album.
After the release of the new album Falconer will finally do a proper tour in Europe at least.
Hopefully more places.

We understand that some of you think that the originality of Falconer is gone now with Mathias out of the picture. We see it as a fresh wind with Kristoffer.
They are both great singers, but different.
Falconer thank Mathias for the time in the band and wishes him the best of luck in the future with his career.



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Monday, January 20, 2003

New BOTM: Captain Tractor
Posted by: Pax @ 22:29 CET

Just added the new Band of the Month, Canada's Captain Tractor. Click here to read all about them.

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In Flames reaching studios in May 03
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:31 CET

Sweden's IN FLAMES are set to travel to Denmark at the end of May to begin the pre-production process for their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2004. "As we did for 'Reroute To Remain', we will turn off our phones, put our personal lives on hold and disconnect our entire contact with the outside world so that we can focus 100% on making a great new album," the band said in a posting on their official web site. "Once again, it will be the five of us, our equipment and the cheapest possible beer we can find — tons of it!!!

"We will of course do some festivals this summer, but once again — you'll have to wait for the final info as of where we'll play.

"Some of you had some thoughts on what we can change with our music, and that's always appreciated, but as always, we will choose no other path than the one chosen by the 5 members of IN FLAMES!"


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Sunday, January 19, 2003

Dimension Zero's new release in September
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:26 CET

Sweden's DIMENSION ZERO — featuring IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad (on bass), ex-IN FLAMES axeman Glenn Ljungström, ex-MARDUK vocalist Jocke Göthberg, LUCIFERION/DIABOLIQUE drummer Hasse Nilsson, and PATHOS guitarist Daniel Antonsson — have set "This IS Hell" as the title for their sophomore full-length effort, tentatively due in September/October through Regain Records.

The CD — the band's first to feature Antonsson — will be recorded beginning on Feb. 10 at Phlat Planet studios in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer/IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén.

As previously reported, DIMENSION ZERO have been confirmed to appear at this year's 2000 Decibel festival in Bengtsfors, Sweden on May 17 and at Party.San Open Air festival in Bad Berka, Germany on Aug. 7-9.


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QNTAL news
Posted by: Matze @ 17:38 CET

Thanks to Turismo for sending in the following:

"QNTAL have got their new website up! Very nice design - relaxing sound in the background - go and check it out on www.qntal.de.

Under 'history'->'discography' you can hear some sound samples, even one from the upcoming album which will be released on February 10. Until then they will put up another song every week.

The single 'Oh Tristan', released on January 10, entered the german alternative charts on 4

The alternative charts can be viewed at:

http://www.public-propaganda.de:8080/charts/FMPro?-db=dacsing.fp3&-lay=CGI&-format=dacsing.htm&-max=20&-sortfield=PLATZ&-find

source: www.qntal.de"


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Saturday, January 18, 2003

Steve Souza out of Exodus
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:29 CET

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have parted ways with frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza.

The group, who were most recently in the process of completing the songwriting sessions for their first studio album since 1992's "Force Of Habit", are said to have split with Souza over the singer's lack of commitment to the band and his unwillingness to tour for more than a couple of weeks at a time. A replacement vocalist is currently being sought with a view towards recording a new album this spring for a late summer/early fall release.

Souza originally joined EXODUS in 1986 as a replacement for Paul Baloff, who was dismissed from the group following the release of their classic "Bonded By Blood" LP. The former LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) singer made his recording debut with the band on 1987's "Pleasures Of The Flesh" and remained in the group until they broke up in the early '90s. A lengthy self-imposed hiatus from the metal scene ended early last year when Souza agreed to return to the reformed band following the sudden passing of Baloff due to a stroke.


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Further Martin Walkyier News
Posted by: Pax @ 10:26 CET

Martin Walkyier has done some guest vocals on the debut album of Yorkshire's Bloodstream. The song, Blood and Sand, is available from Bloodstream's MP3.com site.

http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/158/bloodstream_uk.html


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Anti Trust Suit against Retailers: File Your Claim
Posted by: Pax @ 1:29 CET

For the past year or so, a lawsuit has been brought against many North American Retailers and Music labels, on grounds that they have formed a trust in order to raise CD prices. That suit is nearing completion, and if you've been screwed while buying music in the past 5 years, nows your chance for reparation.

Details and Claim Filing is at:
http://www.musiccdsettlement.com


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Friday, January 17, 2003

R2TS news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:55 CET

R2TS DVD in 2003!

Return To The Sabbat are proud to announce that their forthcoming headline show at "The Garage" in London will be recorded for release as part of a limited-edition DVD package later this year. This most prestigious event, scheduled for Saturday March 22nd 2003, will also feature the talents of acclaimed British support-artistes Bal-Sagoth, Bloodstream and Mithras; as well as special-guest DJ Matt Mason of TotalRock

Return To The Sabbat are currently in intensive negotiations with the up-and-coming Nottingham-based TB Records label, and fully intend that this collaborative release shall prove to be something truly unique for the fans of this historic music. The DVD, which at present has a working-title of "So It Is Done!", will feature 2003 live-versions of the now legendary material from Sabbat's "History Of A Time To Come" and "Dreamweaver" albums. It will also include some previously unreleased vintage works, on-stage special-guests, in-depth interviews and candid backstage footage of the band 'at play'.

SESSION FOR TOTALROCK!

Return To The Sabbat will be travelling to London on February 1st to record a live studio session for TotalRock Radio (www.totalrock.com). It is not yet known exactly when these recordings will receive airplay, but you can be sure to hear about it via this homepage first. The current (tentative) plan is that Martin will be the co-host of Matt Mason's show; when not only will you be able to enjoy this exclusive R2TS session for the very first time, but also listen to Mr. Walkyier being interviewed first-hand about his revolutionary musical and creative plans for the extremely near future

Source : Martinwalkyier.com


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THE GATHERING Announce European Dates
Posted by: Matze @ 18:24 CET

THE GATHERING will kick off the first leg of their European Souvenirs Tour on March 15 in Oss, Holland. Support at all shows will come from PALE FOREST.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 15 - Oss, NETH @ Groene Engel
Mar. 21 - Barcelona, ESP @ Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 22 - Madrid, ESP @ Aqualung
Mar. 23 - Bergara, ESP @ Sala Jam
Mar. 25 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
Mar. 26 - Montpellier, FRA @ Rockstore
Mar. 27 - Vevey, FRA @ Rocking chair
Mar. 28 - Sarlat, FRA @ 3rd Prog. Rock Festival – Centre Culturel de Sarlat
Mar. 30 - Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
Mar. 31 - Milan, ITA @ Transilvania live
Apr. 01 - Rome, ITA @ Classico
Apr. 02 - Treviso, ITA @ New Age
Apr. 03 - Bologna, ITA @ Estragon
Apr. 04 - Strasbourg, FRA @ La Laiterie
Apr. 05 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee montmartre
Apr. 06 - Frankfurt, GER @ Batschkapp
Apr. 07 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Apr. 08 - Bielefeld, GER @ Forum
Apr. 09 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik
Apr. 10 - Salzburg, AUT @ Rockhouse
Apr. 11 - Vienna, AUT @ Planet Music
Apr. 12 - Prague, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
Apr. 13 - Nurnberg, GER @ Hirsch
Apr. 14 - Bochum, GER @ Zeche
Apr. 15 - Bremen, GER @ Tivoli
Apr. 16 - Glauchau, GER @ Alte Spinnerei

THE GATHERING will issue their long-awaited new full-length album, "Souvenirs", through their own Psychonaut Records on Feb 24, 2003 in Benelux, France, Spain, Portugal, GAS, Greece, UK, Italy. On Mar. 12, the album will be released in the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe.

source: blabbermouth.net


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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Freedom call news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:56 CET

The band is supposed to release a live cd in march 03.

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NIghtwish to reach studio in november
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:54 CET

Finland's NIGHTWISH are set to enter the studio in November/December to record the follow-up to last year's "Century Child" CD, due before the summer 2004. The band have also confirmed that they will play just one Finnish festival this summer. Appearances at other summer festivals across Europe are also possible.

NIGHTWISH, whose "Century Child" CD was certified platinum in Finland, performed two shows in Germany last week with astounding success. Over 7,000 people turned up at the band's gig in Oberhausen and over 5,500 in Munich. "[The Munich gig] was maybe our best show ever," NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen stated right after the concert. A photo taken at the Munich gig can be viewed at this location.

NIGHTWISH's next release will be an as-yet-untitled DVD, due on May 26 through Spinefarm. The group's second DVD collection, it will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material.



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Helloween new cd on the 5/5/03
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:53 CET

HELLOWEEN have set a May 5 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their as-yet-untitled new album, which is currently being mixed by producer Charlie Bauernfeind at Mi Sueno studio in Tenerife, Spain. A North American release date has yet to be announced.

The CD, which features a guest appearance by MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee, is being described in an official press release as "a real back-to-the-roots album."


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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Evereve 's new cd is ready
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:18 CET

We're proud to announce that we've concluded the recording of our new album ".enetics...." on friday the 13th of this month. Now we know we're not superstitious, because the result couldn't have turned out any better!! This album has everything each one of us could have ever ask for as far as individual expression goes and gels perfectly in such a strong setting as a whole we call EverEve.
Release for end march 2003.


source : evereve homepage


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Cruachan to reach studio in march 03
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:15 CET

Ireland's CRUACHAN have booked Sonic studios in Dublin from March 29 to May 11 to record their next album, tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The band's last album, "Folk-Lore", was released in 2002.

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Saturday, January 11, 2003

CD Review : Saturnus "Martyre"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:51 CET

Brazzie reviews another doom album here. :)

Saturnus review


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Friday, January 10, 2003

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:05 CET

Just to let you know i've updated our radio playlist (radio activity board).

Have added some interesting stuff (such as "Debris" from The Gathering's 'black light district').
I've added an OST from the Two Towers as well and changed songs played by some bands such as 'Inkubus Sukkubus', 'Faith and the muse', 'mahavishnu orchestra', 'dark sanctuary', 'mediaeval baebes' ...

Vote for your songs in the radio window (thumbs up if you like, thumbs down if you dislike) and soon, we'll have Penny Charts!!! :)

Cool, ain't it?


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CD Review : John Williams "Greatest hits 1969-1999"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:33 CET

Well i thought i had already done that review but i was wrong. So i finally did it.

J.W. review


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CD Review : Inkubus Sukkubus "away with the faeries"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:12 CET

The review is up!
I.S. review


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Thursday, January 9, 2003

Eternal Tears of Sorrow are splitting.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:44 CET

Finland's ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have officially disbanded, according to a statement posted on the group's official web site.

The statement reads as follows:

"With mixed feelings we have to announce that ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have decided to split up. ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have been on a break since March 2002. During the break, it has become obvious that it is time to quit.

"This band started as a free-time activity about ten years ago. As we got more success, we also needed to give more and more of our time to the band. Day by day, we realized the band had become a full-time job for us. Now it's time to move on and do something different. This band achieved much more than we could imagine when we formed up this band.

"However, we don't stop making and playing music. Check out the official ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW web site regularly for information about the members and their other projects and bands. The site has been online for almost seven years now and will remain as it is. Only the address has changed: www.etos.tk.

"We thank all our fans for support! A huge number of nice things happened to us between 1994 and today, thanks to you!

"On behalf of ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW in early January 2003, Jarmo Puolakanaho & Altti Veteläinen (the founding members)."

Veteläinen and drummer Petri Sankala have spent much of the last year writing and recording with FOR MY PAIN, a new Finnish "goth metal" supergroup also featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Lauri Tuohimaa (EMBRAZE) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on guitar, and Juha Kylmänen (REFLECTION) on vocals. The group's as-yet-untitled debut album is currently being mixed at Finnvox studios by Mikko Karmila for a Mar. 31 release through Spinefarm Records.


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Eläkeläiset to release a new album in march
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:42 CET

30 new songs are already finished, 15 of them will be on the new album scheduled for a march release. Of course a german tour and maybe an austrian one are to be expected 17-26 april.

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Lacuna Coil drops off 4 Absent Friends Tour!
Posted by: Pax @ 0:05 CET

Italian Goth Metallers Lacuna Coil have been forced to drop off the 4 Absent Friends tour with Opeth, Paradise Lost, and Tapping the Vein, due to problems with Immigration paperwork. Apparently, due to the "heightened security" following the attack on September 11th, the US Government feels it needs to keep all 'potential terrorists' like Lacuna Coil, Marduk, and seditious non American bands from touring the states. Bastards!

Lacuna Coil is actively seeking a new tour for early Spring 2003. Promoters can contact the band at www.lacunacoil.it


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Tuesday, January 7, 2003

New chatroom in test... (poll on that topic)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:01 CET

Just to let you know i'm trying a new chatroom (the ezboard chatroom)
You can find it on our boards if you're logged on.
It seems to be the perfect chatroom for us. Has all good features, no ads, all our members seems able to enter and is free.+ we know before entering how many people are chating there... :)


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CD Review : Anathema 'judgement'
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:27 CET

Brazzie did it. Check his anathema review there :
anathema "judgement" review


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CD Review: Lacuna Coil "Unleashed memories"
Posted by: Pax @ 18:38 CET

Just added a review of Lacuna Coil's Unleashed Memories album.
Unleashed Memories


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Pure Sweet Hell to record Debut
Posted by: Pax @ 2:28 CET

From www.nevermore.tv:

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, will enter the studio in early 2003 to record their debut full-length album for a spring release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Original vocalist Jim "Ravenfeeder" Colson will make a guest appearance on three songs along with Van. A couple of other guest musicians are also expected to contribute to the CD.


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Monday, January 6, 2003

Wave Gothik Treffen 2003
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:33 CET

Bands and Artists 2003 :

BLUTENGEL - BOYTRONIC - CINEMA STRANGE - DULCE LIQUIDO (WORLD PREMIERE!! reverse HOCICO Lineup - keyboarder will sing, singer will play keyboards) - FAITH AND THE MUSE - LAIBACH - SUBWAY TO SALLY - THE GATHERING - TIAMAT - VNV NATION - WAYNE HUSSEY (The Mission)
Access_denied - Artwork - Assemblage 23 - Aurum Nostrum - Beborn Beton - Black tape for a blue girl (for the first time and exclusive in Germany) - Bloodflowers - Calan.dra - Calathea - Carlos Peron Project les Salles - Chamber - Chandeen - Chineseblack - Closterkeller - Cold - Corvus Corax - Dance on glass - Darkwell - Days of Fate - Desert+Fortune - Diary of dreams - Distorted Reality - Dust of Basement - E-Craft - Erblast - Escape with Romeo - Evenfall - EverEve - Flowing Tears - God´s bow - Ikon - Implant - Inquisita - Inscape - In Strict Confidence - Johannes Berthold (Soloproject of Illuminate´s singer for the first time live) - Kontrast - Letzte Instanz - Love is colder than death - Maria Solheim - Melotron - Mesh - Morgenstern - Nebula-H - Noctulus feat. Darkfox - Nuuk - Oomph! - Osiris Taurus - Pain of Progress - Pinkostar - Placebo Effect (exclusive & only Reunionshow) - Plastic - Plastic Noise Experience- Prager Handgriff - Psyche - Qntal - Saltatio Mortis - Schandmaul - Silent Assault - Somnambul - Stoa - Tanzwut - Theatres des Vampires - The Eternal Afflict - The Fair Sex - The Fiction - The equinox ov the gods - The Invincible Spirit - This morn omina - Tombeau les Roses (classical music) - Trümmerwelten - Umbra et Imago

Also this year, we will only announce bands which are confirmed for the Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2003.
So, check back often...
State: December


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Ataraxia, working on three releases
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:31 CET

Actually the band is in studio to prepare the release of the 'des paroles blanches' Ep in limited edition as well as a single.
Simultaneously, the band is working on their next 9 songs album which is meant to be 'very eclectic and ravishing'.


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Iron Maiden in recording process...
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:21 CET

IRON MAIDEN will commence the recording process for their new studio album later this month, producer Kevin Shirley has confirmed via his official web site.

"Indeed, we begin recording the new IRON MAIDEN album this month, and while I appreciate [everyone's] e-mails, please rely on the official IRON MAIDEN site for updates and news — I can't and won't be answering those e-mails and questions," Shirley wrote. "Also, do NOT send me artwork, song titles, lyrics or production tips (I love [longtime IRON MAIDEN producer] Martin Birch too, and he was an idol of mine growing up!!!), running orders, messages of hate or love to pass on, etc., etc. I will not pass them on, and I hope you understand that. Perhaps I'll do something on the site after the fact, on the making of the album .... and maybe that'd satisfy you."

IRON MAIDEN's as-yet-untitled new effort is not expected to surface until the summer, at the earliest. In the meantime, the group have announced a host of European dates beginning in late June, including several festival appearances alongside METALLICA.


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Interview: Seraphim Shock
Posted by: Pax @ 9:02 CET

Just posted an interview with Seraphim Shock from Denver, done at last October's Bizarre Vampire Bazaar.

Enjoy!


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Sunday, January 5, 2003

Sopor Aeternus new cd in january 2003
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:06 CET

"Es Reiten Die Toten so Schnell" will be released in three versions.
One with only the cd, another one with a 40 pages booklet in limited edition and a third one with even a tshirt but limited to 666 copies (how lame!).


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The mission is not over
Posted by: Stéphane @ 15:04 CET

It seems the uk goth rock band The Mission will finally not split and will even release a new album in 2003.

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CD Review : The Gathering "black light district"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 14:58 CET

I've just reviewed this collector...
check it here :
B.L.D.'s review


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Saturday, January 4, 2003

CD Review : Ramzet "Escape"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:33 CET

Noisette has just reviewed Ramzet's "escape" in the discussion board.
Check it here :
Ramzet cd review


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Schandmaul live CD/DVD
Posted by: Matze @ 16:34 CET

Schandmaul are recording a gig in Munich tonight for a release on CD and DVD this spring.

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W:O:A ROADSHOW
Posted by: Matze @ 16:10 CET

W:O:A ROADSHOW - "Wacken comes to your town !"

Featuring:
ONKEL TOM ANGELRIPPER (member of Sodom) / Germany
AMON AMARTH / Sweden
MOB RULES / Germany
+ special guest

14.04.03 Hamburg Markthalle
15.04.03 Kassel Musiktheater
16.04.03 Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
17.04.03 Pratteln Z7
18.04.03 Innsbruck Hafen
19.04.03 Wien Planet Music
20.04.03 Salzburg Rockhouse (new!)
21.04.03 München Metropolis
22.04.03 Nürnberg Hirsch
23.04.03 Bochum Zeche
24.04.03 Hannover Faust
25.04.03 Osnabrück Works


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Shaman (Fin): new album
Posted by: Matze @ 16:05 CET

Shaman (Fin) will enter the Finnvox studio this spring to record their new album "Spirit of the forest". Release date: August 2003

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Crematory to come back?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:27 CET

German melodic gothic metal band CREMATORY, who split up in spring 2001 after a successful, decade-long career, are apparently contemplating a comeback. The following is a message from the group posted on the Nuclear Blast Records web site:

"Somehow, somewhere and sometime we will probably come back! That's what it said on our Homepage in the last news snippet in the spring of 2002. And we are, though not completely, but at least with a little proof of life for our fans, BACK!!!
After immense begging we recorded a cover of METALLICA's cult song 'One' explicitly for the METALLICA tribute album 'A Tribute to the Four Horsemen' (December 2002 release). This has been such great fun that after the recording session was over, we talked about an eventual comeback of CREMATORY. We have now begun writing new songs, and after we see how they turn out, we will decide if the comeback will really happen."


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Friday, January 3, 2003

Thin Lizzy Tribute CD
Posted by: Matze @ 18:48 CET

Blabbermouth reports that Nuclear Blast Records will release a Thin Lizzy Tribute CD ("Emerald - A Tribute To The Wild One") on Jan. 20.

Track list:

01. SKYCLAD - Emerald
02. JOHN NORUM - Wild One
03. PRIMAL FEAR - Out in the Fields
04. ANTHRAX - Cowboy Song
05. SIX FEET UNDER - Jailbreak
06. SINNER - The Sun Goes Down
07. RUNNING WILD - Genocide
08. PRETTY MAIDS - Please Don't Leave Me
09. PEGAZUS - Warriors
10. GODGORY - This Is The One
11. MORDRED - Johnny The Fox
12. GARDENIAN - Gotta Give It Up
13. STEEL PROPHET - Massacre
14. THERION - Southbound
15. CHINCHILLA - The Boys Are Back In Town


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CD Review: Savatage: Streets
Posted by: Pax @ 0:11 CET

Brother Duke has posted a review of Savatage: Streets
Click here to read it.


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Wednesday, January 1, 2003

My dying bride to release new cd in august
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:26 CET

MY DYING BRIDE have set August 2003 as the tentative release date for their upcoming studio album, which they plan to begin recording in February.

"We have about 50 minutes worth of music now and are heading into full rehearsals in January to start sounding them out," stated guitarist Andrew Craighan.

Among the titles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD are "The Dance of Lord Morte" and "Rehearsals for Doomsday".


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