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Friday, February 28, 2003
Finland's FINNTROLL have set "Visor Om Slutet" as the title for their recently-completed "acoustic/experimental" CD, the group's first with new singer Tapio Wilska. The group had originally planned on recording only an EP's worth of material, but reportedly had so much fun during the sessions — which took place at a studio just outside Helsinki, the country's capital — that they decided to record some "extra" music. The resulting recordings will be included on a specially-priced CD, to be released this spring.
"The studio we recorded in is located in the middle of forest and it's really inspiring! If you want to record, then you record... Otherwise, you can go to sauna, eat well or drink some booze," Wilska told Kaista.
"The new record will contain some beautiful folk, cheery trollish metal and also some pretty bombastic feelings!" the singer added.
FINNTROLL will enter the studio later in the year to record their next full-length album, due in late 2003.
Thursday, February 27, 2003
RUSH will make their first, and likely only, public appearance of 2003 tomorrow when the legendary rock trio is inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. The presentation takes place during a closed gala ceremony during the Canadian Music Industry Awards at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle hotel. Guitarist Alex Lifeson suggested to Karen Bliss of Jam! Music that the band may take a permanent break. "At this stage in our lives, it meant so much for us to get out on the road and play this tour and we felt so good about it, in some ways," he said. "If it were to end now I would feel that there was some kind of closure, that we went through a rough period and did it great one more time. So the door goes two ways at this point. Either we dive into the next project in a year and repeat the whole thing, or we just find that we've had our fill and move on."
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Reunited Swiss avant-garde metallers CELTIC FROST are continuing work on their long-awaited comeback CD, tentatively titled "Probe". The group, who have yet to sign a label deal for the new effort, are self-financing much of the recordings, which are tentatively set to surface later this year.
Among the working titles that are expected to appear on the upcoming CD are the following:
05. The Dark
06. Human Dirt (formerly "Wanker God")
07. Requiem (Part III: Winter)
08. Seed of Tranquility
09. Leaves and Hunger
10. The Dying I
Dong Open air 2003 -run to the hills.
18. + 19. Juli 2003
Ort: Neukirchen-Vluyn, bei Duisburg
NIGHT IN GALES
BURDEN OF GRIEF
Dong Open Air official site
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Review by cladmaniac
News from Angels of Venice:
Carol Tatum, frontwoman for AOV is hard at work on three new albums, a Christmas/holiday album, a Middle Eastern album, and a Renaissance atyle album. Also, she is in negotiations with members of both Qn'tal and Estampie in regards to their doing guest appearances on the new albums.
As first predicted here last week, METALLICA have officially announced the addition of bassist Robert Trujillo to the group's ranks.
Trujillo, a former member of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and OZZY OSBOURNE, fills the slot left vacant by the departure of Jason Newsted.
"We've all known, and have been huge fans of Rob since the early '90s when he was a part of the legendary hardcore/metal band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES," the band said in a statement posted at www.metallica.com. "We got to know Rob when we played together with SUICIDAL in Europe 1993, during the 'Nowhere Else To Roam' tour. We were impressed by Rob's roaring bass style and his very cool, unique vibe onstage, things we got to see again during the '94' 'Summer Shit' tour when SUICIDAL joined forces with us.
"My visions of Rob are when we did Summer Shit 94 Tour with SUICIDAL, and DANZIG," METALLICA frontman James Hetfield said. "I remember being blown away by the fierce-ness and seeing Rob, as this monster on bass. He brings an awesome new strength to the band, and makes us step up."
"I must say Ozzy, Sharon, Zakk, Mike Bordin, all the team and family members mean the world to me. Love and respect, my family 100 percent. I am very stoked, excited and look forward to my new journey with my METALLICA brothers. STEP UP!" revealed a pumped up Rob Trujillo.
"We've taken a long time to find the right bass player for us," continued the band's statement. "Obviously being a good bass player is important (!!) but it was also very important that whoever we found would fit in as a family member, a brother with a huge vibe. We wanted a fourth band member, not just a new bass player.
"I am very excited for Rob to be in the band and it feels like we are a new band, yet again," said guitarist Kirk Hammett.
"When Rob came to San Francisco the first time and jammed with us, we all felt this incredible magic between the four of us. It was just something that we could not describe, we all just knew it. Bob Rock told us right after the jam, that it sounded like a fucking 747 taking off!!"
"I am soo fucking excited to be a full unit again," said drummer Lars Ulrich. "The last two years of just being the 3 of us have taught me soo much about myself, about James and Kirk and about METALLICA. And to welcome Rob into METALLICA in 2003 after all the growth and soul searching we've been through for the last two years, feels so fucking awesome. Being at full strength again is at this moment indescribable.
"We're fuckin' bristling with new energy, new respect, new vibes and a huge fucking appetite for everything METALLICA is. Having Rob here, and him choosing to become a part of our family, will enable us to get to yet another level. So welcome Rob!"
Sunday, February 23, 2003
The re-release of Within Temptation's "Mother Earth" album has entered the german charts at #56!
A new (?) video clip for the track "Mother Earth" is available at the band's official homepage.
Saturday, February 22, 2003
If you're wondering what Martin does these days check out this interview.
Friday, February 21, 2003
Must the circus show go on?
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Another great review by Max! Damn, I'm talented!!
Read it HERE (somebody, please do the link!!) :)
Monday, February 17, 2003
To be honest, I'm running out of ideas of what to write in this news page. To cut it short - the review is up. You know where to find it. ;)
The band will reach studios in april 2003.
Sweden's GARDENIAN have resurfaced after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus and have announced details of a new lineup and album. Joining guitarist Niklas Engelin and drummer Thim Blom in the group's latest incarnation are TIME REQUIEM singer Apollo Papathanasio and former GOOSEFLESH bassist Robert Hakemo. Kriss Albertsson, who previously played bass in the group, remains a member of the band, but only as a touring/session guitarist. Meanwhile, longtime guitarist/vocalist Jim Kjell, who played on the group's three full-length albums to date — 1997's "Two Feet Stand" (Listenable), 1999's "Soulburner" (Nuclear Blast), and 2000's "Sindustries" (Nuclear Blast) — has since left the band, having found "the day job he was searching for," according to a statement on the group's new official web site, www.gardenian.net.
GARDENIAN, who split with Nuclear Blast Records in 2001, are presently recording the follow-up to "Sindustries" at Studio Fredman and will be using the finished CD to procure a new record deal. If all goes well, the as-yet-untitled effort will be out in late spring/early summer.
Among the 12 working titles tentatively set to appear on the album are the following:
02. Drowning Empire
05. Dark Waters
06. Dead To The World
An MP3 clip of the excellent "Remembered" can be downloaded from this location.
With regards to the group's current musical direction, the band write, "We know that it may sound like a cliché, but [these are] the best songs we have done/recorded so far in our career it feels like all the pieces [have] finally [fallen into place] just perfect [as it relates] to [realizing] our vision."
GARDENIAN's only announced live appearance of 2003 so far will take place at the fourth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which will be held on May 17 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). Also set to appear at the event are DIMENSION ZERO, TALISMAN, AMON AMARTH, PATHOS, DIONYSUS, SEVENTH ONE and THE PROJECT HATE, among others. As previously reported, Engelin's side project with IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, and HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, which goes by the name of PASSENGER, recently inked a deal with Century Media Records for the release of their already-completed debut album, due in April.
Saturday, February 15, 2003
Seen on "de laat show", a video featuring Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation singing Tori Amos 's classic 'Crucify'.Video available here :
In an exclusive interview with BW&BK today, ULVER founder Garm (aka Tricky G) has announced that he has left ARCTURUS. "I no longer sing in Arcturus. We haven't made the decision public yet, it's still somewhat of a secret. I guess you guys will be the first to make it known."
Garm reveals that there are no hard feelings regarding his decision to quit the band, and the move is simply due to time constraints. "I had to choose and down-prioritize a few things. My record label, Jester Records, has 30 CDs in the catalogue and I really want to work with my artists first hand, because I believe in all of them. Arcturus was ok as an offspring project, but the other members have tried to get serious about it now. They want to rehearse three times a week, and I can't commit to that. I'm not happy with this move, but it's something that has to be done."
Garm also reveals that Ulver's next album will be called Utopian Enterprises and will be "filthy. It won't be violent musically, but it will be violent in other ways. We're returning to more conventional song-structures, but we'll still be trying to take the sound of things further."
(source : braveworld.com)
Friday, February 14, 2003
Schandmaul are working on both new songs and a live CD/DVD (release: early June).
Arch Enemy have put up a studio report (incl. pictures) at this location.
The following update has been posted at ApollyonSun.com:
The band whose very demise made possible the eventual creation of Apollyon Sun - Celtic Frost - has begun the initial part of the recording sessions for a new album in the second half of October 2002. This is to be Celtic Frost's seventh album and the group's first proper studio recording in some 13 years. Preparation and development work for this project have been ongoing since 2000, originally inspired be Celtic Frost's involvement in the acclaimed 1999/2000 official album re-issues.
As has been publicized, the re-envisioned Celtic Frost's core consists of founding members Martin Eric Ain (bass/vocals) and Tom Gabriel Fischer (voice/guitars/keyboards), along with Fischer's long-time songwriting partner in and co-founder of Apollyon Sun, guitarist/producer Erol Unala. Unala has become an increasingly significant part of Celtic Frost during the very comprehensive CF songwriting sessions.
Unfortunately, these activities are inevitably delaying both the production and the release of forthcoming music by Apollyon Sun. Apollyon Sun is, however, very much an continuing project, and so is the eventual completion of the much anticipated new Apollyon Sun album. The songwriting for the album with the work title "Flesh" is currently paused at an advanced stage, but initial recordings have been completed and Fischer and Unala expect to pursue work on the album as soon as events permit. The guarantee of the continuing existence of Apollyon Sun is an integral part of the contract negotiations for the Celtic Frost project.
"Keeping Apollyon Sun on hold right now is utterly painful for me. Apollyon Sun is a project very close to my heart, and the band's music has given me enormous personal satisfaction and enjoyment. The new album by Celtic Frost is a hugely challenging, unusual, and artistic venture for us all, but at the same time I am also looking forward very much to working with Apollyon Sun again." - Fischer, December 2002
For the third time in a row, Apollyon Sun's music has been selected to be part of the soundtrack for a BBC London production. The song "Messiah" (off the "Sub" album of 2000) is to be featured in a new BBC film featuring acclaimed English actress Tamzin Outhwaite.
Apollyon Sun are currently in contact with a number of international parties with a view to producing a number of AS remixes which are to be featured on the forthcoming album and related CD singles."
Thursday, February 13, 2003
UDO Dirkschneider is finishing surpervision of his dvd scheduled for a release this year. A new studio album will be released in october/november as well.
Sweden's PASSENGER, the new project featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
The band, whose music is being described as "a cross between DEPECHE MODE and ROB ZOMBIE, with a lot of groove and catchy choruses," recently completed work on their self-titled debut album at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman for a late April release.
The complete track listing for "Passenger" is as follows:
01. In Reverse
02. In My Head
03. For You
04. Just The Same
05. Carnival Diary's
09. I Die Slowly
11. Eyes Of My Mind
HELLOWEEN have reportedly set "Rabbits Don't Come Easy" as the title for their forthcoming studio album, due in Europe on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, the band have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Mark Cross and addition to the group's lineup of former ACCEPT/RUNNING WILD skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann (as exclusively reported here yesterday morning). Cross joined HELLOWEEN in August 2001 as a replacement for Uli Kusch but was unable to accompany the group during the recording sessions for their upcoming album after he was struck by the malicious (EBV) Epstein-Barr virus also known as Mononucleosis. MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee laid down the drum tracks for the follow-up to 2000's "The Dark Ride", 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.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have been rejoined by vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and are preparing to enter the studio with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB) to record their first studio album in 11 years.
"[Zetro and the rest of the band] had some great talks [over the course of the last few days], and we all want the same thing," EXODUS manager Steve Warner told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Zet and everybody else have worked out an arrangement that everyone will be able to live with for this year in regards to promoting the new album."
While on the lookout for a new singer, the band received a number of CDs from young hopefuls but didn't find anyone that they thought could comfortably fill the slot previously occupied by the late Paul Baloff.
"My big fear was that we would still be sitting around a year from now waiting for the perfect [singer] to walk through our doors," Warner admitted.
Despite the band's previous concerns that Zetro would be unavailable to tour extensively with the group in support of the new album, Warner is confident that the most recent discussions with the singer have yielded a compromise that will enable the band to complete all the necessary road work to promote the upcoming CD.
"The album is ready to go now with Zet, and whatever happens after this album will probably be determined by the what is to come of this year," Warner explained. "We want the album done, and believe me, we will be on the road quite extensively. I'm already working on another European tour starting the third week of September — at least 20 shows, as of now — and we will probably do the States before that following the release of the album."
According to Warner, the follow-up to 1992's "Force Of Habit" will contain 10 songs and will include freshly-recorded versions of early EXODUS classics "Death Row" and "Impaler", neither one of which had ever appeared on a studio album before. ["Death Row" was originally tracked — but never fully completed — during the sessions for the band's legendary "Bonded By Blood" debut, while a live version of "Impaler" surfaced on the group's comeback 1997 release, "Another Lesson In Violence"]. Other songs set to appear on the CD include an as-yet-untitled number dedicated to Baloff — who passed away in February 2002 after suffering a massive stroke — and reworked versions of two songs originally written for and demoed by WARDANCE, the ill-fated mid-'90s act formed by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting.
The band, who were most recently signed to Century Media Records, will issue the next album through CCC Records (which stands for "Contra Costa County"), a new label entity formed by former EXODUS manager Toni Isabella and one-time Capitol Records A&R executive Rachel Matthews (who signed EXODUS and RIGOR MORTIS to the label back in the late '80s). If all goes well, the group will enter Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas in the spring to record the CD for a late summer release.
Among the titles set to appear on the still-to-be-titled album are the following:
01. War Is My Shepherd
02. Crime Of The Century
04. Throwing Down
05. Death Row
07. Tempo Of The Damned
08. The Way It Never Was
09. Culling The Herd
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
SAVATAGE are in the final stages of pre-production for their new album and are tentatively due to enter the studio during the next few weeks to begin recording the effort for a fall release.
Long-running Arlington, Texas-based doom metallers SOLITUDE AETURNUS are still together and are planning to record a new album for a tentative late 2003 release through Massacre Records in Europe and Olympic/Century Media Records in North America.
Edguy is to release a double live album in march/april. Here are the tracklistings.
CD 1: Intro, Fallen Angels , Tears Of A Mandrake , Babylon , Land Of The Miracle , Painting On The Wall , Wings Of A Dream , The Headless Game , The Pharaoh
CD2: Vain Glory Opera , Drum Solo , Save Us Now , How Many Miles , Inside, Avantasia , Out Of Control
Monday, February 10, 2003
Just in case you don't remember - their new album, titled "III" is released
Implementation of their merchandise shop is on the way and will ship within
europe. They are also in negotiations with a distributor for the US!
There also are some inquiries for concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands,
France and the US - nothing fixed though, except one gig in
on May the 2nd.
Haven't got a copy myself yet - but expect a review soon ;)
(submitted by Turismoclad)
Review by Max Thrasher
Sunday, February 9, 2003
Here's an unconfirmed rumor taken from rumpelkammer zine).
It seems there will definitely be no dynamo open air in 2003. That will be twice in three years. It seems the organisators have found a place that would fit 5 km away from Eindhoven but it's too late to organise an open air this year.
Friday, February 7, 2003
Metallica new opus will be entitled 'Saint Anger' and is due on June 10. The band still search a bassist.
Thursday, February 6, 2003
Here’s a fresh new rumours about our beloved GRAVE DIGGER: the band has finally unveiled the name of the new album and the conception behind it. The CD will be entitled "Rheingold" and it’s built on the first part of Wagner’s "Der Ring Des Nibelungen" (The Ring Of The Nibelung). The band is planning to go through all four parts of the classical opera cycle, including all mythological characters and massive production.
I'm counting days now.
Wednesday, February 5, 2003
The band are still hard at work in the studio, fine tuning the recording of their new opus. So far recorded tracks include 'The Parliament of Fools', 'The Song of No-involvement', 'Campaign', 'The Genius of the Shire' (parts 1&2), 'Like…(A Ballad for the Disenchanted)', 'Anotherdrinkingsong', 'Lightening the Load', 'The Roman Wall Blues', 'A Good Day to Bury Bad News' and 'Do They Mean Us?'
Release is now scheduled for late Summer 2003, to be preceded with a single and promo video.
Source : bombjour - the french webzine dedicated to skyclad
Maggy did it. Check the review here :
various artists 'celtic odyssey'
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
German power metallers GAMMA RAY have spent the past few weeks mixing their live album, "Skeletons In The Closet", for a tentative late April release through Sanctuary/Noise Records.
"The live recordings sound fantastic!" said GAMMA RAY mainman Kai Hansen. "I'm really glad that we decided to do this live album. It's going to be a fantastic document of some really special concerts!"
"We've been working on [the album] for too long now!" joked Hansen. "We started in mid-December, but we had a number of technical problems right at the beginning that have delayed things a bit. We were first all big smiles when the two hard drives the shows were recorded on arrived a while before Christmas. It was a bit sad then that it was impossible to open anything on them! We tried all repair software known to mankind, and only sighed with relief as a computer specialist we consulted managed to fight his way through and open the files at last. We lost about three weeks because of that. We wanted to have the album out in late March, but now we've had to push the release back to late April.
"We recorded the shows at Barcelona and Strasbourg. We're using parts of both shows, some songs are taken from here and some from there. Actually, most of it is taken from the Barcelona show, and about three or four numbers are from Strasbourg. I must admit it is pretty laborious to mix recordings made at different venues — we had the same recording engineers and the same recording gear at both shows, but the house itself always adds to the sound. On an album, you obviously want to have the feel like this was all done on the same night, and adjusting all the bits and pieces needed for this are a pretty long road. It's fun work though, and it will definitely be worth the wait!"
"Skeletons In The Closet" will be released as a double CD and will contain the entire tour set — about 120 minutes of "pure blistering power metal." A final decision on who will take care of the artwork has yet to be made, but one thing is for sure: "the booklet will contain a lot (and that really means a lot!) of exclusive photographs on stage, off stage and in all other possible and impossible places taken on the 'Skeletons' tour in October/November 2002," according to the band's official web site. In the meantime, Feb. 3 saw the long-awaited DVD release of the two existing GAMMA RAY concert videos, "Heading For The East" (originally released in 1991) and "Lust For Live" (originally released in 1994). Both releases come with a bonus section containing an introduction and a track-by-track audio review by journalist Malcolm Dome and feature excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
PARADISE LOST will be issuing a collection of "BBC Sessions" recordings through Strange Fruit in March/April.
The CD will include the following tracks:
Recorded at Liverpool Royal Court for "Sunday Rock Show" 04/12/93
01. Embers Fire
04. Mortals Watch the Day
07. The Joys of the Emptiness
08. As I Die
09. True Belief
10. Pity the Sadness
11. Pity The Sadness
12. The Word Made Flesh
13. Mortals Watch The Day
14. As I Die
15. Shadow Kings
16. Once Solemn
17. Yearn For Change
Monday, February 3, 2003
German melodic metallers EDGUY are putting the finishing touches on their live album, tentatively due in April through AFM Records. According to vocalist Tobias Sammet, "the live album is gonna [consist of] two (2) discs, [with a running time of] over 100 minutes [and] with a 40-page photo booklet documenting the ['Mandrake'] tour, featuring 150 pictures [of the band] onstage, backstage, sightseeing, drinking, soundcheck[ing], travelling, etc. Fans can follow us everywhere in this booklet. I really hope that people will appreciate that!"
SEPULTURA's video for their rendition of U2's "Bullet The Blue Sky" has been posted online at this location. "Bullet The Blue Sky" comes off the group's covers-only EP, titled "Revolusongs", which was released through FNM/Universal Records in Brazil in early December. "Revolusongs" is tentatively scheduled to receive a European release through SPV/ Steamhammer in February/March.
Sunday, February 2, 2003
Here are in exclusivity january 2003's penny dreadful radio charts. (top 20). Some big surprises in fact. Check it.
Cool feature but sadly no more available freely, so i guess we won't go on.
Penny radio charts
Check that awesome album in the funeral ambiant dark heavenly gothic style.
Dark Sanctuary review
Saturday, February 1, 2003
IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update via his web site:
"We cut the track being rehearsed [in this photo], and it came out great - and someone suggested putting an acoustic guitar on it, so I said, '... well, let's cut an acoustic version as well.' So we had to hire in some acoustic guitars (that's pretty sad!) and we cut an alternate version. Three acoustic guitars, acoustic bass and Nicko [McBrain] playing his drums, not with regular sticks but with 'bundles', and the track came out great. Even [IRON MAIDEN frontman] Bruce [Dickinson] got sensitive in his vocal booth, delivering a peach of a performance. I'm not sure where this will surface, as I feel pretty certain the electric version will make the record, but... hey, it will keep everyone guessing, I suppose!"