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Sunday, March 31, 2002
MY DYING BRIDE's first-ever live album, entitled The Voice Of The Wretched (Live), will hit the streets on April 22nd. On the same day, the long-form video For Darkest Eyes will be issued on DVD, featuring an additional 90 minutes of footage culled from vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe's personal collection of never-before-seen MDB live recordings. Look for MY DYING BRIDE to hit the road later in the year.
source : blabbermouth.net
Lacuna Coil are actually recording songs in studio for their next release.
It seems the new cd will be out in late summer.
Due to complications with cancer, the cult Heavy Metal drummer Randy Castillo passed away on March 26th. He was 51 years old.
Randy Castillo was the one of the most talented musicians and brought a great deal of input in Heavy Metal. His work with Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford and other great bands inspired thousands.
Randy took part in recording of the number of classic Metal albums, like Ozzy Osbourne's "The Ultimate Sin" (1986) or Lita Ford’s "Dancing On The Edge" (1984).
Randy Castillo will be deeply missed not only by his family and friends, but also by millions of fans all around the world.
Although Randy is gone, his music will live in our hearts forever.
Thursday, March 28, 2002
STRATOVARIUS Enter Studio To Begin Work On "Elements Part 1" - Mar. 28, 2002
Finland's STRATOVARIUS will be entering Helsinki's Finnvox studios on May 15th to begin recording their ninth full-length studio album, tentatively entitled Elements Part 1, for a January 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Among the song titles that are tentatively set to appear on the forthcoming CD are the following:
03. Soul of a Vagabond
04. Find Your Own Voice
05. Alpha & Omega
07. Drop in the Ocean
The new song material is reportedly “faster, heavier and more symphonic than ever before”, and will feature a full-size symphony orchestra and choir conducted by Riku Niemi. The cover artwork for the CD will, once again, be done by Derek Riggs (i.e. IRON MAIDEN).
source : blabbermouth.net
Seen on blabbermouth.net
SYMPHONY X: New Album Due In September - Mar. 28, 2002
"SYMPHONY X have begun work on the material for their upcoming studio album, which is tentatively due to be released through Inside Out Records in September. According to an official update from Inside Out, the CD will contain a “similar structure as their classic album Divine Wings Of Tragedy. There is going to be one long epic piece and a number of shorter heavier tracks. There is even talk about 'The Accolade Part 2'.”
Sentenced have worked hard on their new cd The Cold White Light" (produced in Finnvox studios by Hiili Hiilesmaa.
The release date of the whole cd is for the 13th of May 2002 while the single "No One There" will be in the stores on the 29th april.
Here's the tracklist of the new album :
1. Konevitsan Kirkonkellot,
2. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die,
3. Brief Is The Light,
5. Aika Multaa Muistot [Everything Is Nothing],
6. Excuse Me While I Kill Myself,
7.Blood & Tears,
8. You Are The One,
9. Guilt And Regret,
10. The Luxury Of A
11. No One There
As you can see from the titles, only songs of joy :D
The new Dark tranquility is scheduled for this summer.
Its title is "damage done".
Monday, March 25, 2002
Here we got a new review on the new album of Bewitched. Check it out!
Sunday, March 24, 2002
I'm finally getting caught up in my list of CDs worthy of a review on PD. I got two up, and will have more up soon, so head on over to the Board and check them out. -Pax
Saturday, March 23, 2002
Guitarist Daniel Cavanagh has just left Anathema. He felt he had to cause of the band's new direction.
He has joined Antimatter ( a project featuring Duncan Patterson and Michael Moss ) playing more metal stuff in the like of alternative 4.
The remaining members of the band will go on as Anathema.
Friday, March 22, 2002
Taken from the Levellers newsletter:
Things are certainly hotting up here at Metway Towers! 7 or so of the songs for the album are all but finished and sounding fantastic.....we think we may have an album title - we're living with it right now but you'll get to find out first.
And at last here are the dates of our intimate May Tour. They are smaller venues than you'll usually see the band in, but we're holding back our full UK tour until after the album is out. So get your tickets early!
The band are talking to various Brighton bands on the subject of a support band for the tour, and one of these will be chosen.
Weds 1st - Brighton Concorde 2 / Rescheduled Miscarriages of Justice Benefit (MOJO)
Thurs 2nd - Northampton Roadmenders
Fri 3rd - Leicester de Montfort University
Sun 5th - Bristol Essential Festival
Mon 6th - Swansea University
Tues 7th - Keele University
Thurs 9th - Norwich Waterfront
Fri 10th - Dudley JB's
Sat 11th - Morecambe Platform
For more information check out www.levellers.co.uk
Thursday, March 21, 2002
Check it out. Just go to "Reviews" section and check it out. Do it right now, no questions asked!!!
Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Fri 19th Pro Rock Festival Reclife, Brazil
Mon 22nd Olympia, Sao Paulo Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tue 23rd Broadway, Sao Paulo, Brazil--Limited Tickets availible (acoustic show)
Thu 25th Venue T.B.A. Cordova, Argentina
Fri 26th Hangar Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sat 27th Venue T.B.A Santiago, Chlie
Thu 9th Valencia Sala Republica, Spain
Fri 10th Madrid La Corte, Spain
Sat 11th Bergara Jam, Spain
Sun 12th Barcelona Bikini, Spain
Sun 19th Leipzig, Germany
Sunday, March 17, 2002
I've just put a new dreaditorial.
(I know it was highly time, but when you're lacking of inspiration...)
The topic : The line between having your own style or being a caricature.
I've just reviewed the new Skyclad 'No daylights nor Heeltaps'. Enjoy!
'No daylights nor heeltaps' review
"Century's Child", Nightwish's new album will be released on the 27th of May 2002 and will contain 11 tracks. Among them : "End Of All Hope", "Oceansoul", "Beauty Of The Beast", "Slaying The Dreamer".
THE GATHERING are working on their new album without label.
The new album title is not known at the present time but we have the tracklist :
1. These Good People, 2. Mokaka, 3. Zion, 4. Lunarians, 5. Debris, 6. Sleepy Buildings, 7. Broken Glass, 8. Telson I And II, 9. Monsters, 10. Richard, 11. Golden Grounds.
Further to rumours on the Internet that paradise lost have left EMI Records, we can confirm that it's true. However, a new record deal has already been negotiated, and the bands forthcoming album is still scheduled for a September release. Details of the label will be announced on completion of the deal.
There is also a hive of activity concerning Paradise Lost's back catalogue going on. In the US Koch are planning to re-release Draconian Times with 2 extra tracks; the Smiths Cover 'How soon is now' and 'Fear', as well as re-releasing the best of album 'Reflection'. This will be swiftly followed by the US release of the 2 EMI albums: Host and B.I.N.
Also, in Europe Music For Nations and the band are currently going through material for a scheduled DVD release. This is likely to be called 'Evolve' and will feature live footage, promo videos and behind the scenes footage. More details to follow….
It seems The sins of thy beloved are missing in action.
It's been a hell of time they haven't update their site or given news to webzines. The band was not going that well, after their 'perpetual desolation' release and the many line up changes.
If anyone has a clue about what they are up too, feel free to email us.
Lacuna coil has announced they won't be able to gig with my dying bride in London cause they have to work hard on their next release.
Actually the band is in studio.
OTYG, the side project of VINTERSORG/BORKNAGAR vocalist Vintersorg and VINTERSORG guitarist Mattias Marklund, has been officially “put to sleep”, according to an official statement from the duo. “Both me (Vintersorg) and Mattias feel that we can't go on with OTYG as we have lost our burning inspiration and lust in that musical arena. And under those circumstances we've decided to, instead of do a recording that we never would have the true feeling for and probably couldn't fold our musical spirit into, just let it be. Recordings just for the sake of it never turns out great, and our policy is to put our deepest emotion and soul in what ever we do, so…..We need to challenge ourselves to the utter edge or our abilities and unfortunately we don't have that situation. Maybe in the future we'll do a recording if our minds and souls want that, but right now it would be to go back several years on our musical course, which every artist strives to avoid. Progression is far more exciting than regression!!”
Source : blabbermouth
"Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica will release their first live album 'Songs Of Silence - Live In Tokyo' in Finland on July 1st. The UK release should hopefully arrive shortly after that.
03. Kingdom for a Heart
04. Sing in Silence
05. False News Travel Fast
06. Last Drop Falls
07. Respect the Wilderness
09. The End of This Chapter
10. The Power of One (Japanese bonus) 11. Replica
12. My Land
13. Black Sheep
14. Wolf & Raven"
"Sanctuary Records are re-releasing the first six Gamma Ray studio albums over the coming weeks. All albums have been digitally remastered and are coming as exclusive digi-packs with a new cover artwork and with several bonus tracks.
The 'remasters' will be released both individually and as a box set. The individual albums will be released on March 4th while the box set will be out on March 18th. Both the box set and the individual albums will strictly limited and as such will be available only for few weeks!
The box will also contain a special fold-up poster with all new album cover artworks on it. The individual albums will not have the Gamma Ray logo on the front - instead they will have a sticker with the band logo and the respective album title on it. Why this? Well, peel off the stickers and put the six albums together. A very nice puzzle might turn out!
The albums were digitally remastered by the band themselves whereas Dirk Schlaechter did most of the work. The new cover artworks were once again created by Herve Monjeaud who already did the artwork for "No World Order".
Here is a brief list of what bonus tracks will be on which album. You can also check out the newer cover artworks by clicking on the respective album title. The design of the box set can be seen here as well."
Source : gamma ray official site.
Aa new 2 CD compilation album of Clannad songs will be released on April 16, 2002 called "A Magical Gathering: The Clannad Anthology".
Hope someone will get it and review it.
Thursday, March 14, 2002
A review of this unique Black Sabbath tribute album is now available to read here: http://pub59.ezboard.com/fthepennydreadfoolsfrm7.showMessage?topicID=58.topic
Folkmetal.com has four mp3 clips from the "No Daylights" album online!!!
Grab em here. :D
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Skyclad have organised a free party/show to celebrate the official release of the 'No Daylights' album. The show will be in their hometown, at The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK), on Saturday 11th May 2002, and will feature all of the songs from the new album plus many others performed in the 'Irish Pub' style.
Furthermore, the band will be shooting a video for an "as-yet-undisclosed" track on the same day at this venue.
Check out the official Clad homepage for details.
Tuesday, March 12, 2002
The following message was published on Metal-Rules.com:
"Elvenking proudly announces that Mr. Martin Walkyier (ex-Skyclad, Return to the Sabbat) will come to Italy next week to discuss the future plans with the band (for his appereance on the Elves' next album!), and all what concerns other projects that will involve both the band and the English singer! More than this, Martin will be on stage with the band the 24th of March at the Metal.it festival to perform some Skyclad songs together. This will be only a prelude to all the future projects the guys are planning...future projects that would probably lead Elvenking to important European stages."
What's with R2TS, Martin?
Monday, March 11, 2002
Something bizarre and frightening happens to me lately. I put all my Poison, Sonata Arctica and Helloween CDs on the shelf and started listening to a huge amount of Black Metal. My new motto is "The Blacker - the better!"
Right now you can take a look at me, studying the effect of Yersinia Pestis on the Scandinavian Black Metal, presented by the one of the most recognisable bands in this field - Dark Throne!
Enjoy (while you can)!
Sunday, March 10, 2002
Spinefarm Records has started the distribution of Shaman's new album "Shamániac" all over the world!
This is a good start but the band is still looking for a licence deals because of marketing reasons. Anyone who could help/interested - e-mail the band directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Max on email@example.com
edit Matze: Hehehe, just wanted to add the same news... "Shamániac" should be available in 20 countries worldwide now/very soon. :D
Just added an interview with Andrea Nebel Haugen of Hagalaz Runedance. Go to Inter-activeview to see it.
Saturday, March 9, 2002
The following message just came down from our friends Finntroll:
Katla made a fast recovery from his operation, and will be able to sing in Moscow! That means that we'll be there stronger than ever before, be prepared to get your assess Trolled big time!!!
"Shine Like The Stars" single is released Monday 11th March. The second single from the album AurA features additional tracks "Never Let Me Down", "Spider & the Fly (in the Ointment)" and "Sorry...". An MP3 download is available, featuring excerpts from the additional tracks. The single is already poised to enter the German DAC charts at Number 2! Copies can be purchased from the MWIS shop, amongst other sources.
There's another... hmmm... personal opinion in Reviews section. This time my victim is Seven Witches and their new CD "Xiled To Infinity And One".
Don't shoot, I surrender!
The release date for the new album of Lake Of Tears, "The Neonai", is set for April 29, this year!
The names of a few songs are already announced: "Return of Ravens", "The Shadowshires", "Solitude" and "Nathalie and the Fire Flies".
There are also a rumours about the break-up of Lake Of Tears. Daniel Brenarre, the guitarist and the singer of the band, seemed to confirm them, stating in the interview to metal-realm.com: "We have already broken up".
"The Neonai" will also be the last band's album for Black Mark Productions. In the same interview Daniel underlined his intention not to continue his relationship with this recording company: "If I am to continue doing music I'd like to try out something else".
Would be such a shame if Lake Of Tears will go out of the picture...
Friday, March 8, 2002
Finnish "Heroic Folk Metal" act Ensiferum is reportedly busy working on a band-homepage.
I just hope they'll have it online soon... :D In the meantime you can get some info on the band and their debut album at Spinefarm Records .
Thursday, March 7, 2002
The following news is about 4 month late, sorry :)
"The Worlds Finest Twin Fiddle Driven Contemporary Retro-Futuristic Celtadelic Roots Fusion Music Ensemble" Bluehorses has released their new album "Ten Leagues Beyond the Wild Worlds End" in late 2001. It's available trough the band's official homepage www.nativespirit.demon.co.uk.
Wednesday, March 6, 2002
Ataraxia has just published the february newsletter and announce a new album called 'MON SEUL DESIR'
"MON SEUL DESIR" CD (Cruel Moon / Cold Meat Industry 2002)
This is one of our albums that doesn't own a defined style like we did in many other occasions to portray especial historical periods, forgotten civilisations or artistic masterpieces, for this reason we think that this coming release will be in a pure ATARAXIA's style. This happened sometimes in the past, after very engaging and monumental works where all our energies were employed to carry on a concept theme (not only musical but also literary, historical, archaeological). So a new bizarre creature is born in total freedom in this beginning of 2002, just a mirror of our most intimate feelings in the last 12 months.
This coming album has two great literary and iconographical inspirations but the deepest source of inspiration comes from some happenings of that crazy, troubled, unexpected 2001 that turned
up-side-down the lives of many of us after many years or apparent tranquillity and stability. These two further sources are "The Canticle of Canticles" of King Solomon (one of the most beautiful piece of poetry portraying love both in a symbolic/spiritual and in a most bodily perspective) and the cycle of late-Mediaeval tapestries "La Dame à la Licorne" collected in the Mediaeval Museum of Cluny in Paris.
These 6 tapestries represent in a symbolic way the 5 senses and the overcoming of them to find equilibrium, pleasure and purity. We could easily say that all of this has the same meaning of the name of the band, the word ATARAXIA. We deeply perceive that this research, this strange fatal meeting with the tapestries and the Canticle has been driven by destiny. After many previous albums based on pain, struggle, persecuted, far lands, voyagers and pilgrims, sunken civilisations we have finally released an album based on love, not a simplistic taken for granted vision of love, but love in all his power, light and strength, unique love driven by destiny, the one that unifies elected souls after centuries of solitude, the one that can save our wrecked poor life when we are agonising, hopeless, deceived. The songs are actually various, you can find ballads made of high clear skies where the wind blows over a Northern Ocean, wide fresh surfaces of green, watery hypnotic waves where it's possible to perceive that salty essence of the sea, hidden gardens full of colours, the up and down of the tide, but we have also Eastern and Mediaeval love songs completely remade and rearranged by us with many acoustic instruments like percussions, ancient guitars, bells and various amenities. These last songs have all a contemporary nuance, old traditions carried here in our times to be heard and understood with a modern spirit.
Listening "Mon Seul Désir" you'll find a green path leading to an enchanted lake in a sort of purifying journey to get rid of our painful, unhappy condition, you'll perceive the deep connection among love and music, a rosy awakening at dawn, a moment where everything is undefined and the passing among a dreamy state to a conscious one is prophetic and magic describable only through the poetry of notes."
The third album from British Metalheads Deeds should see release in June/July on their new record label Knight Records.
The band have also changed their name from Dirty Deeds to DEEDS, for the reason behind this name change and more information on their new record deal check out www.dirtydeeds.co.uk.
From www.tempestmusic.com :
We are delighted to announce the touring line-up for 2002; please join us in welcoming the considerable talents Joel Mahan on guitar and Mark Skowronek on bass! Continuing from last year, gifted fiddler Sue Draheim, and as always, Adolfo Lazo on drums, and Lief Sorbye on lead vocals and mandolins. We would also like to bid Todd and William a fond farewell, and wish them the best of luck in their new ventures!
Tuesday, March 5, 2002
London based British Metal Band Dirty Deeds new album goes to be mastered on 6th March 2002, with a release date to be announced soon after.
For more information and a new photo of the band check out DirtyDeeds.co.uk.
We do, however, have some bad news - It is with considerable regret that Playground Recordings/MWIS are informing you that due to unavoidable delays actually getting the limited edition 7" double vinyl records transported across from the Czech Republic (ie they arrived in the UK a week later than originally advised!), we have had no option but to delay the release date of "Shine Like The Stars" until March 11.
As a direct result of the vinyl's late arrival, although the records have now been numbered the band had insufficient time to add their signatures prior to the Astoria show before taking deserved and planned short breaks after over long five weeks of touring.
For those of you who have already ordered your copy in advance, the vinyl singles can be supplied to you on March 11. However, if you want the band's signatures included as per the original plan, there is going to be a delay. Please let us know via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer to wait.
Again, sincerest apologies that every effort made on our part was not able to resolve this successfully.
From www.newmodelarmy.org :
Lost Songs - In store across Europe and in The Shop NOW
As detailed before, LOST SONGS is a double CD of the collected bonus tracks and unfinished songs from The Love Of Hopeless Causes up until present. The 22 tracks are split as per the track listing below. There are NINE tracks on the album that have never been available before (other than on bootlegs), the packaging is great and it has been budgeted to retail at the normal price of a single CD album (if someone is making an unhealthy profit at our/your expense do let us know).
CD1 - B Sides
Song To The Men Of England
Far Better Thing
Rainy Night 65
See You In Hell
CD2 - Abandoned Tracks
If You Can't Save Me
Trees In Winter
Over The Wire (French Remix)
Saturday, March 2, 2002
Penny Dreadful has got a new Multimedia Section!!! :D Right now you can download
My favourite band of all times, Helloween, has announced the tracklisst for their 3rd CD of the upcoming "Best Of" album. The list looks the following way:
1. Shit & Lobster
2. Oriental Journey
3. I don't care, you don't care
4. Ain't got nothin' better
5. Moshi Moshi-Shiki No Uta
6. Can't fight your desire
7. Star Invasion
8. Silicon Dreams
9. Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001
10. Electric Eye
11. A Game we shouldn't Play
All these songs has been published before on the B-sides of the different singles. The album will NOT contain any unreleased or new songs, so I can't really see any point in releasing this CD.
To tell the truth, as a die-hard fan of the band I just can't decide if I have to buy this one: from one side, as a fan, I suppose to support my fave band, but from the other side, I heard all these songs a countless times before.
Actually, the whole thing looks like a BIG rip-off to me.
Please, somebody prevent me from writind a "-10" type of review!
A very diappointed Max. :(
Friday, March 1, 2002
Taken from the Skyclad Messageboard :
I got this link from a mailinglist earlier today. This is an Estonian band called Rondellus doing a tribute album to Black Sabbath. What sets this apart from the several other tribute albums to Black Sabbath is 1.) all the covers are done by the same group and 2.) this group is not even remotely metal or even rock. They play the songs using medieval instruments and sing the songs in Latin. I downloaded two samples and it sounded pretty cool.
Anyway, I figured this might be something interesting for Skyclad fans while we await the release of No Daylights, Nor Heeltaps. Here's the webpage for the album: www.sabbatum.com
I just added a review to the new release of Virgin Steele.
Check it out!