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Wednesday, November 28, 2001
An mp3 from King Diamond's upcoming album "Abigail Part II: The Revenge" is available at MetalBlade.com.
Click here to check out "The Storm".
Tuesday, November 27, 2001
I've just reviewed the parisian Therion / Evergrey gig of yesterday.
Check out the gig board.
Finnish "epic pagan folk metal" act Moonsorrow will release its new album "Voimasta ja Kunniasta" on December 3rd through Spikefarm Records.
Three mp3 clips from this CD are available at http://www.moonsorrow.cjb.net/.
Sunday, November 25, 2001
Cruachan have put up the tracklist, cover art and a sound sample from "Folk-Lore" over at their official homepage.
Nobody really expected it to happen, but Graeme English just came back to us with the reply for our interview request:
"Hi Max ,
Sorry for not getting back to you , your post on our message board reminded me that I had not organised this interview yet , I'm always too busy doing too many different things and forget to do so many things. Hopefully I can remedy this by doing the interview next weekend , that would either be the 1st or 2nd of December...
Speak to you soon ,
Questions, suggestions, presents and bombs mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 24, 2001
It is rumored that a new Rush album will be released in March 02.
Fiddler's Green are to release their new album "Folk Raider" on February 20th 2002. The CD will contain 14 brand new songs and an additional multimedia CD ROM track.
Some soundclips from "Folk Raider" should be available on http://www.fiddlers.de very soon.
Friday, November 23, 2001
The review on Axxis' new album "Eyes Of Darkness" has been added into Reviews section.
Thursday, November 22, 2001
Anthrax have decided to move their official website to a new url:
"The move comes as a result of the blight of traffic we've received since the Anthrax terrorists attacks started. We've been getting immense numbers of hits (at times greater than starwars.com got to download the new Episode II movie trailer!) and need to change the name to curb the erroneous hits from people seeking information on the disease. Anthrax.com will be mothballed for now and possibly reappear at a later date when traffic is more manageable. As for now, all the latest and greatest from the world's most notorious band will at www.AnthraxTheBand.com. The new address will link to the same present site we all know and love. Update your bookmarks and see you there soon!"
From The Kingdom of Steel:
MANOWAR and The Kingdom Of Steel are proud to announce that Hell On Earth Part 1 DVD is now available in music and video stores across North America. Perfect for holiday viewing and listening plus guaranteed to be true heavy metal in 5.1 Surround Sound.
So if anyone wants to get me a DVD player for any of the upcoming hallmark holidays, that would be swell! Owning 2 copies of the video of Hell on Earth Pt 1, I know this is a must for any true metal head.
Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Zane Reed Johnson from CelticFrost.com has posted the following at the CF forum:
"This message isn't intended to be cryptic, but very soon an exclusive announcement will be posted on H2CF as soon as it appears that all relevant technical and logistical details have been decided upon regarding the current CF reformation. (Yes, I know some of you might be thinking, "Well, we've heard that one before...!" Trust me, that is not the case this time.) In the meantime, the latest issue of "Terrorizer" magazine has a brief, one page article regarding the reformation."
You can read the Terrorizer article here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
According to www.cleorecs.com, Skyclad's "Another Fine Mess" album will be released in the US on 01/15/02.
Of course you can already buy this CD trough the official Skyclad homepage. :)
Monday, November 19, 2001
Doom metal Gods Sentenced will begin recording their highly anticipated follow up to 2000's Crimson next week. Band members will be keeping a studio diary on their website, so you can tune in their to follow all the excitement.
Sunday, November 18, 2001
Check the penny dread fools agora for the rules, prizes and the downloadable medley.
The mp3 will be put tomorrow but you can already take note of the rules there :
2nd Penny Contest
This from the official Manowar site, www.manowar.com:
Manowar announces it will headline the Gods Of Metal Festival in Milan, Italy - this summer on Sunday June 9th, 2002. More dates to follow, watch for details.
All of you in Europe damn well better be there, cause I sure can't, and you all know how much I worship that band. I've said it before, Manowar is one band that can do no wrong.
An interview with Bernhard Weiss, the lead singer of the German Axxis has been added to "INTER-active-VIEWS" section.
Saturday, November 17, 2001
Taken from the Century Media Newsletter - 11-16-01:
"Tiamat´s new album, Judas Christ, will most likely be released in North America in March of 2002. Prior to the release of the album, a single and video-clip will be released - stay tuned for more details.
Tiamat are currently finishing the new album at Pukstudio, Denmark, where plenty of famous artists (Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Depeche Mode, The Sisters Of Mercy, Helloween, Elton John, George Michael) have recorded before. (http://www.pukstudio.com/) The Danish producer Lars Nissen, a highly-worshipped producer who has helped a lot of domestic acts to achieve gold and platinum records, is producing the record."
Thursday, November 15, 2001
Switzerland’s “melodic-orchestral gothic-metal” act SUCCUBUS entered Lakeside Studio on November 4th to record a track entitled "Totenbuch" for an upcoming DivusModus sampler. The producer for the sessions is none other than former KREATOR/CORONER guitarist Tommy Vetterli.
Destruction have revealed their new skinsman's identity:
Anvil hope to release their upcoming CD "Still Going Strong" in March 02.
Watchtower will release an "unreleased demos" CD early next year.
"This will include amazing unheard recordings from "the boss tapes", the "control demos" as well as unreleased material from before "Energetic Disassembly" was even a concept, or title, for the first WatchTower release! All contributions for this project are from the band's personal collections of recordings, photos, liner notes, lyrics, etc.. etc..."
A full length low quality mp3s from "Demonstrations in Chaos" is available at the Monster Records homepage (follow the "coming soon" link).
Ok, there's a review for Grave Digger's new album - "The Grave Digger" - in the "Reviews" section.
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Seen on newspage from Elusive website :
"Morten has revealed that the name of his new band is SIRENIA and they are heading to studio in late November to record a follow up to Tristania's "Beyond the Veil", his former band. Album expected to be out March-April next year".
The busy man!!!
Maybe he should become a full time member of Elusive as well...
I've just reviewed the first album of Elusive.
I want to say a big thank to Tommy Olsson for being so quick in sending me the cd :)
Elusive "destination zero" review
Kreator will record some shows on their upcoming Violent Revolution tour for both a double live album and a DVD.
"The setlist of the album will include 24 songs from all periods of Kreator´s history, while the DVD will have one profesionally recorded full length live concert, all the video clips, tv apearences, rare material and obscure stuff from the band´s private archives. Release date should be the end of 2002 !"
"If you can think of an original name for the live album /DVD, send it here and win an exclusive dinner with the band!!!!"
"If you´ve made some cool photos from the band, yourselves or just some impressions of one of the gigs on the Violent Revolution tour, send them here !!! The best pics will be released on this site or on the live CD / DVD !!!! Click here!!!"
More and more is unfolding in the Skyclad vs Martin Walkyier story, with two audio interviews with Steve Ramsey and Martin Walkyier, both available at Metal Meltdown. Some very interesting revelations about Martin's leaving, and some shockers about Jay's leaving Skyclad. Frankly, this is turning into a bit of a soap opera, and I honestly wish they'd just move on with their lives. But these are very interesting listenings. Props to Dr. Metal!
Taken from Metal Meltdown and Dr. Metal:
FALCONER will be recording their new album in 22 days at Los Angered studio in November. The title is Chapters From a Vale Forlorn, and some song titles are: Decadence of Dignity, Lament of a Minstrel, For Life and Liberty, and Enter the Glade. The band will also tour for the first time next year in support of the new album.
I suppose it's too much to hope that they'll tour the US. So all of youse in Europe, you damn well better catch them if you can!
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Kramer's Korner reports that Ty Tabor's (King's X, v/g) side project Jelly Jam will release their debut album on November 27, 2001.
Jelly Jam features Rod Morgenstein on drums and John Myung on bass.
Realworld and Neil from Blazefans.com have joined the team at the recently relaunced official Blaze homepage Planetblaze.
This means our own (Super-) Nomad will now (pretend to) be the webmaster of Blazefans.com. ;)
Cheers to all three of you, keep up the great work. And Realword/Neil, how about linking Penny Dreadful? :D
Sunday, November 11, 2001
The new official Skyclad forum is online:
Well there are still some problems for people to enter sometimes.
It "freezes", so bring your personal warmness there this monday!
The starvoice (non java) emergency chatroom is still there if we have probs.
Saturday, November 10, 2001
I really hope this is the way to go about it..
This a note from the band Elusive.
We are a "new" band on a small label so this seems to be the best
way to get our name around:
On the 5th. of October we released an album "Destination zero" on
Pandaimonium records throughout Europe.
If you are interested in receiving a promocd for review please contact us.
About the band:
Vocals: Jan (former the Morendoes)
Guitars and programming: T.Olsson (former Theatre of tragedy)
More guitars Morten Veland (former Tristania)
We play dark Rock'nRoll
All about style NOT fashion.
For more information please visit our website: www.elusive.no
Many appologies if we have wasted your time with this mail
All the best
edit stephane : Seeing Morten Veland and a former member of Theatre of Tragedy are in that band, well of course we'll ask for a promo, and why not an interview by email?
Thursday, November 8, 2001
You all remember Vince asking Ed to post a disclaimer concerning his last Dreaditorial?
He said he had passed the passwords for the clad message board to Graeme, but this seems not to be true.
What shall i add?...
The band has decided to start one from zero so they need you all to register.
And of course, beware if you still receive emails from the old webmaster address...
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
More news from the Century Media Newsletter:
Century Media Germany is planning a very special release for Iced Earth fans: Dark Genesis, a 5-cd box set, will include a 32-page hardcover book in a deluxe slipcase, re-mixed & digitally re-mastered versions of the first three studio albums (Iced Earth, Night Of The Stormrider and Burnt Offerings), the Enter The Realm demo recordings that lead to ICED EARTH's record deal with Century Media (track listing below), and cover versions of the band's favorite songs on Tribute To The Gods. While it's slated for European-only release, three thousand box sets will be available through Century Media's Mail-Order for North America come December, 2001. Tribute To The Gods will be released separately worldwide in Spring, 2002.
Enter The Realm tracklisting:
Enter The Realm, Colors, Nightmares, Curse The Sky, Solitude, Iced Earth.
Tribute To The Gods tracklisting:
Creatures Of The Night (KISS), Number Of The Beast (Iron Maiden), Highway To Hell (AC/DC), Burnin' For You (Blue Oyster Cult), God Of Thunder (KISS), Screaming For Vengeance (Judas Priest), Dead Babies (Alice Cooper), Cities On Flame (Blue Öyster Cult), Long Way To The Top (AC/DC), Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath), and Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden).
From the Century Media Newsletter - 11-5-01:
"Century Media and World Management are proud to announce the re-signing of the legendary Unleashed to a new record deal for the world. After a successful series of Summer 2001 European metal festivals, Johnny, Anders, Tomas, and Fredrik are currently recording tracks in their native Stockholm, Sweden for an early 2002 release.
Both album title and release date will be announced in December.
Monday, November 5, 2001
King Diamond's upcoming album "Abigail II: The Revenge" will be released in Europe on January 28th.
Taken from the Levellers November Newsletter:
"Today (Monday 5 November) the Levellers begin recording their next studio album at the Metway. We've chosen the crack team of producer Alan Scott (who was responsible for our biggest seller, Levelling the Land, and our number One album Zeitgeist) and engineer Jake Rousham (responsible for all of our Metway Sessions, and in-house Metway engineer).
Mark and Simon have come up with 12 demo tracks each which are truly exciting! I won't try to describe the musically here, or talk about influences or changes of direction, but I'll try to persuade the band to put some of them up as MP3s on the site. I'm also going to persuade them to write a Studio Diary outlining the project as it unfolds for the website.
As mentioned before we haven't chosen a new record company for the Levellers. We do have two offers on the table, but I've decided that the best way to discover who will do the best job for the band would be to let them hear some finished songs. At that stage some other companies may become interested.
I'm also exploring the option of starting up a label at the Metway-with 3 recording studios and so much space it could be the perfect place for a record company - and we'd love to change the format of Record Contracts to make them more creative and band friendly! More details on this if/when it becomes likely."
For more information (incl. details on their up coming gig at the Brighton Concorde 2) check out the official Levellers website at http://www.levellers.co.uk/.
Sunday, November 4, 2001
The new re-Vision album "Longevity" was released on October 15th. Along with the album comes the maxi single "Downfall" (limited to 300 copies).
You can check out four new MP3 samples from those CDs at the official re-Vision homepage.
Martin Walkyier will be contributing some vocals and lyrics for the next Elvenking album.
"Martin is very happy of the idea and, after having listened to "Heathenreel", the projects that will involve both Martin and Elvenking won't stop here! There are great collaborations on the way...."
Saturday, November 3, 2001
Thanks to Tiago for having posted the 4th band of the month, Tempest.
Dear InExtremo friends,
now here is a sign of life by Lutter himself.
During my hospitalization I asked our manager Doro to wait posting any messages until the time I was able to write something on my own. I hope you'll understand... After all these unfortunate events during the past weeks you certainly deserve some words of explanation:
It surely got around that I had to spend the last 5 weeks in the surgery of a Berlin Hospital. And to cut a long story short: 2 days before our autumn tour should have started and rather by accident the doctors diagnosed an enteritis. Due to the fact that an intestinal occlusion was at risk (I assured myself by watching the facts on a monitor) my doctor send me to hospital straight away. Yep, and there I was, blissfully ignorant and completely supervised by medical machinery. It took 14 days until the operation was possible because the doctors needed to wait for resolution of the intestinal's swelling. And a few days afterwards a final diagnosis was made. In order to prevent speculations: they diagnosed a malignancy and since this didn't seem to be mean enough they also found 2 lymph nodes being afflicted. The surgeon though assured that they'd resected broadly but a long-term chemo therapy as precaution is unevitable. So far the actual state of affairs!
So like other people did before now I need to learn how to get along with this. Anyway there is one thing I found out already: such a diagnosis changes your life's attitudes radically! I must learn to comprehend this disease as a chance.
Here and now I want to thank you for all the emails, sms, phone calls, visits, thoughts and even prayers... I don't want to distinguish because it won't be fair. And that's the reason why I won't tell names but I really like to mention that I'm deeply moved and impressed. In fact you supported help during all these gloomy moments. I never knew how many friends are out there sharing my suffering. I thank you so much for this wonderful experience - involved in everyday life stress one sometimes forgets too soon about the real important things in life.
And now - how will it go on? Actually I desired to be on stage again on 9th November. But ever after the cancer diagnosis had been revealed I knew I had to reject these thoughts. With a heavy heart though and to be honest the moment the tour was cancelled for the first time I'd expected a minor serious and easily-to-be-healed enteritis without far reaching after effects. Unfortunately due to the extensive surgery I feel more exhausted than I'd expected. So now I will go for 3 weeks rehab. In the meantime our friend Totti who is a member of the Berlin band BOON will play instead (besides BOON will also be supporting us on our Christmas tour). Please give him a fair chance and say welcome the same as you did to me in the past. I hope that I will be able to be back on stage again on 12/14 in Berlin. At present there definitely is no chance for me to take part. The pain is too hard and my hilarious weight (62 kg!!) won't let me act the way I used to. I hope you understand. In addition to what I told you there will be the chemo therapie coming up within the next 6 months. Nobody knows in advance how I will respond on it. So in case I won't show up on stage now and then (maybe) you mustn't think that it won't be a goodbye forever! I love this band (and my instrument as well) far too much to consider something like that...
Talk to you soon, at least I hope so,
lots of greetings
Hmmmm! Well what has been going on in the Annihilator/Waters camp? Done the writing for the next cd. Got the rhythm guitars/bass/most leads recorded. Randy Black just arrived from Berlin to start drum tracking tomorrow. Joe "Toe" Comeau arrives a week later to start vocal tracks. This will be a first; other than when I was the singer, this will be the first time in Annihilator's history that a singer has lasted more than one cd in a row! (better knock on wood and not count my chickens [and corn] as he ain't here yet! HA!)
I will finish up some leads and other tracking at the end of October and then November will be mix and master time. If all goes well, we hope for a mid-spring release.
I am really digging this cd. Ok; you knew I was gonna say that BUT, on a very personal note, this is definately the most difficult Annihilator cd to play on the guitar! Thank my buddy Paul Blake and Rob Malbeuf for that; they both told me: "Jeff, write the fastest, hardest riffs you can come up with". Once again, my right arm/neck were f....d for a few weeks after tracking as the picking on this new one is insane!
Ok; so that doesn't mean s..t if the tunes aren't any good! They are. Wickedly cool production; a very big change in styles for me as well as for the guitar sound.
Joe has written some good lyrics on this one, as he did on the last cd.
Looking forward to working with Randy Black in the studio (tomorrow!). He is a very seasoned pro who is very open-minded to trying different things; always a bonus in a studio situation.
Will let you know how it goes next week! "Hello" from all of us and we sure hope you appreciate our next offering!
Jeff and crew
The band are still busy writing new tracks in their studio and will hopefully be ready to record some of the tracks as demo's in November. The demo's will be produced by John Pennington who is currently the bands 'Live' engineer, PL are hoping he will be able to catch their raw live sound on CD.
Gaël Feret is the new drummer and Jonathan Alonso has become new lead guitarist of Misanthrope.
It seems the band has played some of their new material (6 songs) during the last dutch tour and some people have illegally recorded it and are spreading the songs on the web and everywhere.
Since these songs have not even been finished, and therefore haven't been registered either, it can cause serious legal problems with Century Media for the band.
Maybe they won't be able to release their new album!
Apart from that, it seems that on the new stuff live Anneke plays guitar on two songs at last. The new songs are in the kind of If_then_else but with more experimentation, weird sounds and are more complex (it's no more just chorus stuff, it's made with many breaks, and so on... not the classical song arrangements).
A mini cd is rumored before christmas and the new album next year.
LACUNA COIL / MOONSPELL U.S.A. TOUR 2001
DATE CITY VENUE
DEC 05 PHILADELPHIA THE TROC
DEC 06 SPRINGFIELD JAXX
DEC 07 NEW YORK L'AMOUR
DEC 08 WORCESTER UPSTAIRS @ PALADIUM
DEC 09 MONTREAL FOU - FOUNES
DEC 10 TORONTO kATHEDRAL ROOM
DEC 11 DETROIT I-ROCK
DEC 12 CLEVELAND AGORA BALLROOM
DEC 13 AURORA RILEY'S ROCK HOUSE
DEC 14 MILWAUKEE RAVE BAR
DEC 15 MINNEAPOLIS ASKOT
DEC 16 OFF
DEC 17 DENVER BLUEBIRD THEATRE
DEC 18 OFF
DEC 19 SAN FRANCISCO THE POUND
DEC 20 LOS ANGELES WHISKEY
=> well i guess our good lad Ed will have a merry christmas!
WT's very special gig in Zwolle :
November 29th will be a very special day for Within Temptation and their fans. This day a unique concert will be given in Zwolle. Not in a regular concerthall but in a newly renovated, gothic church: The Broerekerk in the centre of Zwolle. Not only the place will be unique, it will also be the very first time that the band will be accompanied by a big choir and an operasinger. A very special lightshow has been designed for this unique event. This concert, starting at 21.00, is a must for every WT fan. For more details please check the festival site www.novemberrain.nl.
Thursday, November 1, 2001
It is rumoured that the upcoming best of album from The Cure will be their last CD that's realeased via record label. All future material might be distributed through the band's official homepage.
Seems like this strategy is getting more and more popular :D
The new Misfits album "Cuts from the Crypt" was released (worldwide) by Roadrunner records on October 30th. This CD features 17 ultra rare, unreleased, demos and limited press recordings from the Misfits circa 1996 - 2001.
Hop to the Roadrunner records website to download track #1 - "Dead Kings Rise".