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Tuesday, December 30, 2003
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.
Monday, December 29, 2003
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, December 28, 2003
According to the band's official homepage, Suidakra will appear at next year's Dong Open Air (16.07.04 near Krefeld).
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
05. Rotting Alive
06. Demon Skunk
08. Symptoms Of The Flesh
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.
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
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
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
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.
Saturday, December 20, 2003
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
04. The Mirror Waters
05. Red Is A Slow Colour
06. Sleepy Buildings
09. In Motion Part II
11. My Electricity
13. Like Fountains
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!
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
Friday, December 19, 2003
Review is up there
Thursday, December 18, 2003
CD Review: Bloodjunkies: Maladies
Hail the Duke- and his review of Savatage: Power of the Night
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Castle Rock, 03.07.2004, Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany:
Diary Of Dreams
Monday, December 15, 2003
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
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).
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.
Sunday, December 14, 2003
One more track on our playlist. Check the radio activity board for more details.
Saturday, December 13, 2003
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.
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.
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
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
M´era Luna 2004
Hildesheim - Flugplatz Drispenstedt
Tuesday, December 9, 2003
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.
Monday, December 8, 2003
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.
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
Cheers N Beers to Andy Ritson for his stellar review of Metal Gods Iron Maiden!
Iron Maiden: Live at New Castle: Click here
Sunday, December 7, 2003
Two new tracks are up on our radio. Check it!
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
RockHarz Open Air
Osterode / Dorste, Germany
18. + 19. June '04
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 email@example.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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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
Note: so if you're in London on Dec 16/17, you can see two great concerts in 48 hours: NMA and Skyclad!
Wednesday, December 3, 2003
"Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic Evening" to be released on the 26.01.2004.
1. Locked away
4. The mirror waters
5. Red is a slow colour
6. Sleepy buildings
9. In motion Part II
11. My electricity
14. Like fountains