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Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Mail received in our box :
"Kingcrow, classic prog metal band from Rome, Italy, have issued
"Matzmariels". The EP is anticipates the forthcoming album, out in the fall.
You can download a full MP3 ("Lies") from "Matzmariels" at this address:
"Matzmariels" can be obtained only via the official web site of the band
kingcrow site , with an e-mail. "
Monday, April 28, 2003
Review by Stéphane Vasiljevic
Hey, everybody!! The new Naglfar is out!! Check the review!! :)
Sunday, April 27, 2003
'Rock trio King's X is a putting a new twist on the practice of established bands releasing "pre-fame" material. The new studio album 'Black Like Sunday,' scheduled for release on May 20, 2003, on Brop! Records/Metal Blade Records (Europe: InsideOut Music), features freshly recorded songs written and performed live more than 20 years ago, well before the band changed its name to King's X and earned its first record deal. The band used two different names during this period.
NOTE: 'Black Like Sunday' is NOT an album of previously recorded but unreleased "vault" material. King's X recently recorded the songs in the studio; they are NOT live recordings.
Longtime fans had kept asking vocalist/guitarist Ty Tabor, vocalist/bass guitarist Doug Pinnick and vocalist/drummer Jerry Gaskill to bring these songs back to life by finally recording and releasing them, and the band decided the time was right.
The 14 songs on 'Black Like Sunday' include: "Johnny," "Bad Luck," "Danger Zone," "Finished," "Won't Turn Back," "Screamer," "Rock Pile," "Working Man," "Save Us," "Down," "Two," "You're the Only One," "Dreams" and "Black Like Sunday."'
Follow this link to read the full press release.
"Beautiful World" the newest solo recording since 2001's "so flows the current" is nearing completion, presently in the final post production stage of artwork and mastering. We had hoped to have it manufactured and available here in April, however, circumstances conspired otherwise with last minute track substitutions and additional recording
Sadly Ruth Galloway is no longer able to tour with us due to her commitments as a mother but we are pleased to say that we have welcomed guest vocalist Emily Ovenden with open arms. She has joined the band on a permanent basis and is also in charge of our website. The words computer and geek come to mind!
We are continuing to write and rehearse material for a new album and live show, which will incorporate more theatrical elements. They play, they sing, they tap dance! Only joking but we are embarking on something very new.
Anyway that's about all folks. Have a lovely spring. Boing. Boing
"Alabaster" (Louisa's new album) will be presented soon
on Prikosnovenie in a digipak with lyrics and poetry.
Promo has begun with various Euro magazines
including the next issue of D-Side in France.
All other projects have been delayed including
our remix for Hungry Lucy, various collaborations and
completion of our new website.
after a long and cold season we are finally ready to give you some fresh Springtime news
concerning our coming album, some special and acoustic long awaited concerts and the
rich amount of changes and up-dating in our official website.
"DES PAROLES BLANCHES"
NEW Digisingle and 10 inches Vinyl
release date June 13 2003
Music for endless white landscapes. Alabaster cliffs, the rough thundering sound of the
ocean, the flight of sea birds over nuanced surfaces, a deep refreshing sleep under a tree in
a rainy summer afternoon. Some white words, never pronounced, some whìte emotions, never revealed, white breaths of a lost season. A new concept album containing three long suites inspired by the Norman landscapes where struggle leads to purication and the communion with nature to the abandon of the body armor to get the lightness of birds and
the purity of the air.
Classic, synth and bass guitars, textures of keyboards, clarinet, flute and Francesca's
voices take the path leading from human suffering to naked contemplation.In a leaf falling,
in a wing shivering instant we lived the essence of an infinite spiritual voyage.
Songs : Etretat, Veules Les Roses, Hovering (part I, part II). Total lenght 22 minutes
The Truth Inside The Dying Sun" has been finished and it is ready for prime time. What really happened with our ex-label "Screeming Bannshee USA" and the release of the album?
Screeming Bannshee FAILED TO RELEASE THE ALBUM and they no longer exist!! We're looking for a new label, so stay tuned..
DANZIG may begin recording their next studio album may begin as soon as next month, according to the DANZIG fan site The7thHouse.com. No further information is available at this time. In other news, a limited edition of 1,000 silkscreen posters will be pressed for the Phoenix/Los Angeles "Blackest of The Black" shows. These will be available for sale at the Danzig-Verotik.com web site in the near future.
As previously reported, Glenn Danzig will be appearing at Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California on May 1 to sign advance copies of the group's brand new DVD, "Archive De La Morte", which is set to receive a nationwide release on May 6. Glenn will be signing autographs between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY have parted ways with Patrick Carlsson and have replaced with a new skinsman presently known only as "Jonas".
The following is a message from Patrick explaining his departure from the group:
"After being the drummer of EVERGREY for ten years, I have now decided to leave the band. These ten years have been a lot of fun, with many great experiences and a lot of hard work. The reason for leaving the band is strictly personal, I don't feel like I have enough time for the band anymore.
"To conclude I want to thank everyone that has been involved with the band. I also want to thank my sponsors, for helping me throughout the years. A special thank you to all the fans, who have supported EVERGREY all these years.
"Thank you, Tom, Michael, Henrik and Rikard for a wonderful time!
"With these words I entrust the drummer position to my successor, Jonas. He is a very talented drummer and I am sure that he will do an excellent job in EVERGREY."
Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER have just entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to record a new mini-CD, due later this summer through Transmission Records. AFTER FOREVER's last full-length effort, "Decipher", was released in 2001.
Saturday, April 26, 2003
German Metal heroes U.D.O. are preparing to unleash their new live album, recorded on the band?s concerts in Russia. The album, entitled simply "Live In Russia", will hit the shelves on August 25 together with the self-titled DVD and will be followed by the studio album in October.
(Proudly Stolen from House of noizz.com) ;)
Thursday, April 24, 2003
For those of you who dunno, there are two mailing list made by John Markley.
He made the very first skyclad mailing list a long time ago (much time before the creation of the first official clad site).
The list is almost down, but well, there are many members. (Check the archive, it's hilarious and interesting). Plus maybe we could relaunch it with your help.
check it on yahoo egroups.
By the way, he just created a new mailing list dedicated to folk metal in general.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Review by Jaxtraw
Skyclad have updated their homepage with the following message:
Just to let you all know a little in advance ( which I know is a first for us!) we have some confirmed live shows lined up for July and August with a few others awaiting confirmation, we'll let you know as they come in. The gigs we have so far are as follows and I'm sure our English fans will be glad to finally see a London show in there.
SATURDAY JULY 19TH - DONG OPEN AIR - GERMANY
SATURDAY AUGUST 2ND - THE GARAGE - LONDON
SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH - THE STUDIO - HARTLEPOOL
We are also still hard at work with the new album and you will be happy to know it is now reaching the final stages of production so not to long to wait now. Once we have some mastered tracks we'll get some pre-release MP3's up for you to listen to and thanks for being patient with us on this one, it's going to be worth the wait. There are also some new photo's from the last few weeks of studio work.
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Review of that jazz rock/fusion masterpiece by Stephane Vasiljevic
Friday, April 18, 2003
Erhh, how shall i put it? Jaxtraw's "review"... tsk tsk
Review by Stephane Vasiljevic
Review by Blue Horse
With her latest album Frigga's Web - the high-light of HAGALAZ' RUNEDANCE, ANDREA HAUGEN has announced that the circle has closed for Hagalaz' Runedance. After all she considers herself to be an artist and thus she feels the need for new inspiration in her music, and create a new sound. She longs for more artistic freedom in her musical expressions and will focus more on her personal feelings, dreams, inner visions, her obscure experiences and the magic that is surrounding her, inspired by images of nature, decaying cities, parallel worlds and of course mythology. She wishes to explore other artistic areas as well, create visual art and video concepts and is currently working with like-minded individuals from the alternative scene on various projects. And it thus appears that the 'NEBELHEXE' (fog-witch), was merely dormant, because Andrea has decided to bring new life to her old name. She has new reasons to re-use this name as well, amongst those are magical encounters with what she interpretates as her "ghost birds" - white ravens, white crows and white owls, that have inspired her spiritual world.
Rumours has it she is currently also working on a musical project and a theatre play with Martin Walkyier (ex-Skyclad and Sabbath).
For more information: www.nebelhexe.com
Monday, April 14, 2003
The band 's new album "The Death and Resurrection Show" will be released on mid june by label Sony. Ex Nirvana Dave Grohl has played all the drum parts on that release and the band will play the Reading festival in UK this summer.
Finland's FINNTROLL will release their brand new "acoustic/experimental" CD, titled "Visor Om Slutet", on April 24. The group's first release with new singer Tapio Wilska, "Visor Om Slutet" contains the following tracks:
01. Suohengen Sija
02. Asfågelns Död
03. Försvinn Du Som Lyser
05. Under Varje Rot Och Sten
06. När Allt Blir Is
07. Den Sista Runans Dans
09. Madon Laulu
10. Svart Djup
11. Avgrunden Öppnas
FINNTROLL are tentatively set to enter the studio later in the year to record their next full-length album, due in early 2004. The band, whose guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta died last month from injuries sustained in an accidental fall he took while intoxicated, will kick off a European tour with KATATONIA on April 16 in Frankfurt, Germany.
GRIP INC., the long-running band featuring SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo and ex-DESPAIR guitarist Waldemar Sorychta, will enter Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, Germany this summer to record the follow-up to 1999's "Solidify", due in early 2004 through SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe, JVC Records in Japan and an as-yet-undetermined label in North America.
Celtic Frost have made available for exclusive use via www.celticfrost.com one of the demos for the new album currently in the works.
The song is called "Ground", written in 2002/2003. It is important to remember that the version available here is a mere pre-production demo, recorded at the band's rehearsal space in Zurich, Switzerland, earlier this year. Pre-production demos are used to further develop material and to showcase new music to producers, engineers, and the band's industry partners.
The final version of "Ground", to be released on the forthcoming album, features new instrument and vocal tracks, recorded in a proper studio environment and resulting in a much better overall production and sound quality.
Download "Ground" here.
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Turismo sent in the following news:
Just came back from another great Schandmaul-gig yesterday and i have
brought back some news. As you might know former bassman and founder Hubsi Widmann left (or had to leave..) the band last october after the presentation show
for their new album 'Narrenkönig'. Since then Matthias (Richter?) had played
the bass on numerous gigs but always said he is just 'helping out' until
Schandmaul have found their new bassist. Being the first choice of the band and
many fans (erh - windmills) i know, he finally agreed to join the band
permanently. So the line-up is complete again...
Submitted by Bessi Egilsson :
The band is still with Hammerheart Records for two more releases. From the 26.4 ot the 9.6 they'll be in Sonic Studio in Dublin to record their new album "Pagan".
Thanks Bessi :)
BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN frontman Blaze Bayley, have enlisted Wayne Banks (SABBAT, GODSEND, THE NEWCRANES) as a replacement for departed bassist Rob Naylor, who quit the group last month following their appearance at New Jersey's March Metal Meltdown V festival. Banks, who will be taking over the bass-playing duties on BLAZE's forthcoming U.K. tour and subsequent festivals, has recorded a number of albums during his 12-year career and has recently toured with MESSIAHS KISS on their 2002 European support tour with DORO.
Friday, April 11, 2003
Recordings for a brand new album are in progress [...]. First single could probably be released in april.
The new Dark At Dawn album will be released on August 18. Two mp3 clips from the album are available at the band's official homepage.
Thursday, April 10, 2003
KREATOR have set a June 23 European release date for their upcoming double CD/DVD, "Live Kreation (Revisioned Glory)" . Band mainman Mille Petrozza spent three full months editing and mixing the material, which is scheduled to surface in the U.S. on July 1. A video clip for the song "Phobia", taken from the forthcoming DVD, will be serviced to various video outlets shortly.
The complete track listing for the DVD is as follows:
01. The Patriarch
02. Violent Revolution
03. Reconquering The Throne
04. Extreme Aggression
05. People Of The Lie
07. Coma Of Souls
08. All Of The Same Blood (Unity)
10. Black Sunrise
11. Pleasure To Kill
13. Servant In Heaven - King In Hell
14. Terrible Certainty
15. Riot Of Violence
18. Flag Of Hate
The DVD, which was mixed in 5.1 Sound, will also include "tons of behind-the-scenes material from the 'Violent Revolution' tour, plus a detailed history part that contains all the official video clips from 1987 to 2001," according to the group's official web site.
The CD version of "Live Kreation (Revisioned Glory)", which set to be released on the same date, will contain all the DVD songs, plus the following tracks:
01. Second Awakening
02. Under The Guillotine
03. Golden Age
04. Awakening Of The Gods
05. Leave This World Behind
The Deluxe Edition containing the DVD and the CD Version will come as a four-CD/DVD Box. For the vinyl lovers, there will be a limited four-LP Box, containing a large-size-format version of the 32-page booklet.
Finland's NIGHTWISH will enter the studio on October 27 to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Century Child". The band will once again use their own studio in Kitee to record the drums, bass and keyboards/synths, while the vocals and guitars will be recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox facility.
NIGHTWISH hope to complete the recordings by the end of March 2004 and issue the as-yet-untitled effort in early June.
"I am definitely feeling some pressure with regards to the songwriting for the new album, I won't even try to deny that," said NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. "But I have already written one very good track, so I'm not worried. I've gotta say that I have to write a bit faster in the coming months if I'm going to write everything before the studio sessions."
With regards to the musical direction of the upcoming effort, Holopainen said, "I can no longer go to our web site to check the discussion forums anymore. It's pretty confusing reading everyone's opinions on what the new album should sound like. I think I've already heard about a hundred different opinions on the subject, from 'They should sound like the first album' to 'They should only have ballads," laughed Tuomas.
NIGHTWISH's last CD, "Century Child", has been certified double platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 60,000 copies. The album was last year's second-highest selling Finnish release in Finland. When taking into account foreign albums, "Century Child" was still in the fifth place.
Peaceville Records have announced the U.S. release of special digipak pressings of label classic recordings ? MY DYING BRIDE's "The Angel And the Dark River", PARADISE LOST's "Gothic", and ANATHEMA's "The Silent Enigma". In stores May 20, each has been remastered, with PARADISE LOST's "Gothic" featuring the rare cuts "Rotting Misery (Doom Dub)" and "Breeding Fear (Demolition Dub)" (both tracks taken from the "Gothic" 1994 single release), and ANATHEMA's "The Silent Enigma" containing the bonus tracks "The Silent Enigma Orchestral" and "Sleepless 96".
Here are the eleven official song titles, clocking in at just over 75 minutes:
02. St. Anger
03. Some Kind of Monster
04. Dirty Window
05. Invisible Kid
06. My World
07. Shoot Me Again
08. Sweet Amber
09. Unnamed Feeling
11. All Within My Hands
Sweden's IN FLAMES have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming EP, "Trigger", due shortly through the Nuclear Blast label. It is as follows:
01. Trigger (single Edition)
02. Watch Them Feed (new song)
03. Land Of Confusion (GENESIS cover)
04. Cloud Connected (Club Connected Remix)
05. Moonshield (C64 Karoke Version)
Wednesday, April 9, 2003
It's rumored that Skyclad are playing at The Studio in Hartlepool on Aug 30th. This would be the 3rd Skyclad show of the summer:
Jul. 19 - Neukirchen Vluyn, Germany - Dong Open Air
Aug. 02 - London - The Garage
Aug. 30 - Hartlepool - The Studio
Tuesday, April 8, 2003
In the band's forum Schandmaul vocalist Thomas announced the release date
for the upcoming live DVD/CD named "Hexenkessel": June 23
The DVD will contain the complete gig that took place in Munich earlier this
year (Jan. 4th). Of course i have been there and can tell you that it was a
really great gig (it actually has been a "Hexenkessel" as we call it in
The DVD will also contain one unreleased song as well as a guest appearence
of In Extremo vocalist Micha on the track "Willst Du".
(submitted by Turismoclad)
Monday, April 7, 2003
Pop legends Duran Duran are pictured together with the original line-up of SIMON LE BON, NICK RHODES, JOHN TAYLOR, ROGER TAYLOR and ANDY TAYLOR for the first time in sixteen years. The band who have made 11 multi-platinum albums and sold a staggering 70 million records to date, are once again enjoying the limelight with an eagerly awaited new album and world tour.
The band, who were recently tipped by highly influential music bible the NME as one of the most exciting things to happen in 2003, decided to reform in late 2001. Since then they have been hard at work in the studio, writing and recording for the new album and preparing for the live show.
Wondering why I posted this news? Click here! :)
Katatonia/Finntroll Tour 2003
To whom it may concern,
As the situation concerning this tour and the future of Finntroll has been under some dispute and discussion amongst promoters, fans and other parties, the band wishes to relate the following:
We are doing the tour as previously agreed. We do this with heavy hearts, as the sudden loss of Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta, a close friend and one of the leading forces behind this band, gave us a blow from which the recovery will take a long time. We feel that dropping everything now, cancelling the tour and all the plans we together agreed for this band, would be an insult on Teemu's memory. Going back on the road was also the particular wish of his family and close ones. We feel that this is the best way to honor our friends' memory, taking the music out to the fans. On the following gigs the second guitar will be played by a long-time friend for all of us, Mikael Karlbom, who has played as a stand in guitarist for us several times in the past.
During the tour, we wish some courtesy on the part of fans, members of the press and others concerning questions about Teemu's departing, future of the band and such. We will share information in due time.
Thanks to all those who have contacted us, expressed their condolances and honored our brother's memory.
See you along the way,
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Ben Schor Band, Blue Room, and Angeles Drake, live at Club Fais Do Do: Click Here for Enlightenment
gig in paris.
Friday, April 4, 2003
GAMMA RAY have pushed back the release date of their double live album, "Skeletons In the Closet", from the end of May to August 25.
The mixing of the album is not yet complete owing to the late delivery of the unmixed audio masters from the mobile studio in Spain. The initial problems occurred during the live recording process at which, it was later discovered, the two recording machines were not linked for a large part of the show and therefore not synchronized. As well as this some of the audio files were "lost".
Subsequently, it has taken two engineers a long time to recall the "lost" files and re-align the machines so the recording machines were running in tandem and an unmixed master could be produced. Until this laborious process was complete the mixing of the album could not commence.
Rather than "rush" the mixing and deliver what the band would consider to be a sub-standard album to the fans, the decision has been made to move the release date back to allow more mixing time and so compensate for the severe technical difficulties suffered initially.
GAMMA RAY would like to apologize to their fans for the delay in the release of the album and ask for their patience and hope they can appreciate that these technical problems were not of their making.
Wednesday, April 2, 2003
ANATHEMA guitarist Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh has posted the following message to the band's official web site:
"The demos for the next album(s) are coming along well. [Bassist] Jamie [Cavanagh] arrives in England today 29th of March to start rehearsals for the gigs and for the albums too. He has some great new material. Similarly do the rest of the guys. There is such a wealth of songs that our biggest difficulty is gonna be to make one album from all the great stuff on offer. Not sure of the title yet, but the plan is to make it this year in time for an autumn release. Song titles include: 'The Natural Disaster', 'Closer', and 'Flying'. We are getting along very well now and the albums should be strong when they are done. We hope to go into a studio in May/June for a couple of weeks, mapping out everything that we have, jamming live and just generally being creative. After that, we'll see what the best album we can make is, and go forward to do that."
Tuesday, April 1, 2003
by Duke Dubeau
Today is Penny Dreadful's 2nd birthday!!!