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May 2001


Wednesday, May 30, 2001

CD Review: Finntroll - Jaktens Tid
Posted by: Matze @ 12:48 CET

Max of the HOUSE OF NOIZZ has posted a great review of Finntroll's 2nd Album "Jaktens Tid" in our reviews section.

Click this link to read it!

Oh, and remember "Jaktens Tid" has officially been released in Europe last monday and should be in stores by now... :)


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Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Helloween Marathon on WBWC 88.3 FM / Cleveland
Posted by: Matze @ 9:23 CET

Saw over at The Metal Gospel (and www.helloween.org) that on August 23rd 2001, WBWC 88.3 FM in Cleveland / Ohio will present the "Helloween Marathon":

From 7am EST until 1am EST., which is 1pm CET until 7am CET, those guys are playing Helloween album tracks, rare b-sides, live stuff, and solo/side project material. Furthermore they'll have various members of the band on at different times during the day.

If you now think "well, that's a great thing, but I don't live in or near Cleveland" - no problem, you can access the marathon over the internet at: http://www.bw.edu/~wbwc/listen.html


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Monday, May 28, 2001

Angra : "Acid reign" mp3 with the new singer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:50 CET

Here's a demo from Angra's new line-up.
If you want to know how it sounds... go there.

http://www.uol.com.br/angra/download.htm


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Saturday, May 26, 2001

Help Chuck Schuldiner
Posted by: Matze @ 8:58 CET

From www.hammerheartamerica.com:

For Immediate Priority Release
May 23, 2001
ON BEHALF OF CHUCK SCHULDINER

Two years ago this month, on his 31st birthday, Chuck Schuldiner, founder of Death & Control Denied and forefather to an entire movement in Heavy Metal, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. For the past two years, Chuck has fought for his life, family and passion for music. Fans worldwide voiced their concern and support and when possible tried to send donations to the Schuldiner's medical fund to assist in the payment of Chuck's care. Hammerheart and the entire Schuldiner family are greatly appreciative for the continued generosity and enthusiasm,however at this time have additional news to share with the musical community.

At this very moment it is necessary for Chuck to have a very specific and immediate surgical treatment which is being denied to him based on a lack of funds.  Chuck needs immediate surgery; in fact he is at home in Florida awaiting the opportunity for a very delicate operation that his doctors adamantly insist is crucial for his recovery. After having exhausted every possible avenue, Chuck's family and friends are reaching out to ask for your assistance.

Did you know that unless you already have one foot inside death's door that many US government assistance programs are not available to you? Did you know that in certain states a pre-existing medical condition can keep you from obtaining any medical insurance whatsoever, leaving all medical expenses in the lap of the sick and their families?

Do you know how many people die of cancer every year because there is not enough help or awareness provided to them? Chuck Schuldiner is no faceless stranger to any us. He has inspired more bands than anyone could ever count. He has afforded a lot of us with the opportunity to do what we love for a living. He has changed the face of metal and effected so many lives forever. Chuck Schuldiner is one of our own and we need to help him now, more than ever.

In order to make this treatment possible, Hammerheart America, in conjunction with labels, magazines, radio stations and bands worldwide, is organizing an online auction of rare collectibles, autographed musical keepsakes and custom-made instruments, straight out of the artist's hands, amongst them one of Chuck's very own guitars and a Steve DiGiorgio custom bass. Every penny raised goes into the medical fund set up by Chuck's family. In addition, anything donated as a gift to this fund is tax deductible. Anyone able to spare even a few dollars would be helping us conquer a very serious obstacle.

Artists willing to donate something to this auction can email auction@hammerheartamerica.com or call the office directly at (412) 390-4088.  Information on the auction can be found on the Hammerheart America webpage at http://www.hammerheartamerica.com/makeadifference.html

Anyone wishing to verify any information herein or obtain additional information may contact Hammerheart America directly. If we all pull together we CAN make a difference for not just one life but for millions
For more info check out this page!

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Friday, May 25, 2001

Stratovarius : a two year holiday
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:30 CET

The band of the two "Timo"s has decided to take a break after having toured/released albums at a very high rate during the last decade.
Before that, they release "intermission" (with four new songs, rare bonus tracks, and live recorded songs) on the 28th of may, and finish their tour then they will come back in 2003 with new stuff.
Good holidays!


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Thursday, May 24, 2001

Voivod : no split !
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:45 CET

There were rumors of a possible split of Voivod. Hopefully Century Media has denied them recently but not the ones concerning a change of line-up.
For the moment, we don't know who's leaving and who's joining Voivod.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Haggard: Live Album
Posted by: Matze @ 18:21 CET

"The world's loudest and hardest Classic/Metal band" (quote from their management ;)), Haggard, have recorded their recent gig in Mexico city to release it on CD maybe DVD plus, too) in August.

Thanks to Birte for pointing us to the right direction! :)


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Monday, May 21, 2001

The Gathering : in studio
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:13 CET

Anneke and the band are working on their next album. It seems that there will be 12 songs on it. The release date is still unknown. They have to work more on the tracks to add some more elements so few chances it will be released in 2001.

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Saturday, May 19, 2001

Picture of the month
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:25 CET

Well as you may have noticed, the site has been reshaped a bit and improved by matze.
First he has added his welcome to the main page, plus we have decided to create a 'picture of the month' thingie.
Here's one taken from my other site 'bombjour!' (it is a pic from a swiss 'windmill')
Feel free to send us pics taken by yourself at :
matze@pennydreadful.de


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Friday, May 18, 2001

New MP3 files
Posted by: Matze @ 7:21 CET

Metal Blade has put up two new MP3s:

  • Armored Saint: "Unstable" from "Nod To The Old School"
  • Jacobs Dream: "Sanctuary" from "Theater Of War"
Downloads: http://www.metalblade.de/newsound.html

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Thursday, May 17, 2001

In Extremo: New album this fall
Posted by: Matze @ 8:25 CET

In Extremo's next album will most probably be released on september 3rd (in germany, don't know about the rest of europe, the us, japan, new zealand, ...).

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Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Skyclad - History lessens
Posted by: Matze @ 7:29 CET

A Skyclad Best-of ("History lessens") will be released at the end of this month by Massacre Records.

Hmmm... seems like the label wants to gain some quick money from the Skyclad/Martin split...

edit Matze: "History lessens" will NOT feature any new and/or unreleased song! :(


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Tuesday, May 15, 2001

New Skyclad reviews & more
Posted by: Matze @ 20:55 CET

Check out this thread at our message board... Stéphane has added reviews (by Tony Kerklaan) of the two Skyclad gigs in holland incl. some amazing info on future activities of the band! :)

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Anthrax: "Charles is off the market!"
Posted by: Matze @ 15:54 CET

Charly Benante, drummer of Anthrax (who signed with Nuclear Blast for Europe and Beyond / BMG for the US last month), just got married!

Follow this link for a wedding pics gallery.. :)


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Monday, May 14, 2001

Another Annihilator interview
Posted by: Matze @ 15:07 CET

Aaron of the official Annihilator website has put up another interview. This time he talks with Joe Comeau about the band and their European tour.

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Sunday, May 13, 2001

Therion : "Secret of the runes"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:30 CET

Therion's new album "Secret of the Runes" which will be out around October 2001.

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Douglas Adams Dies At The Age of 49
Posted by: Margarita @ 21:06 CET

The author of "Hitchhyker's Guide To The Galaxy" is now hitchhiking the Otherworlds himself since Friday, May 11th after a sudden heart attack. Douglas Adams was currently nagotiating for the film version of the "Guide" with Disney.

He will be very missed...


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Skyclad : a new release in July?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:57 CET

It seems that the band will release a new cd in July. Few details known yet, but it is likely that it will be a remake of old songs with the new line-up.
More details to come if confirmed...


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Friday, May 11, 2001

Morten Veland leaves Tristania!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 6:40 CET

"Apparently Morten Veland has left the band. I think 2001 is a bad year for singers."

thanks to Ed "pax eternum" Graham for having submitted this (sad) news.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2001

'Reviews' of Skyclad opening for Fish
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:06 CET

Well, i've made my searches and i'll keep you up to date with Skyclad news on FISH tour.
Check our message boards
http://pub59.ezboard.com/fthepennydreadfoolsfrm5

Hope you'll be happy with it.


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Monday, May 7, 2001

Hollenthon mp3, contest
Posted by: Matze @ 21:11 CET

A new mp3 clip (3 Minutes, 128kbps, 2.75 MB) from Hollenthon's second album "With Vilest of Worms to Dwell" is available over at Napalm Records' "album of the month" - section.

Furthermore, Napalm Records holds a contest where you can win an autographed copy of "WVoWtD" if you answer three Hollenthon related questions.


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Sunday, May 6, 2001

Benjamin Richter no longer Evereve's frontman!!!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:12 CET

It's official now, Benjamin Richter is no longer vocalist of the german darkwave metal band Evereve. His replacement has been found in Keyboarder/songwriter/leader "MZ Eve 51" (Martin Zeissl). He has taken over Ben's position a little while ago before the sessions for "E-Mania" started.

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Cruachan to recruit a new keyboardist or guitarist?
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:10 CET

Seen on this official Cruachan site :

"We will soon be advertising to find someone to join our ranks because our guest keyboard player Dennis has too many other projects to commit to touring etc. We still do not know exactly what we need (guitarist or keyboard player), when we have decided we will put adds around Dublin and an add on the site."


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Release dates : Sonata Arctica, Sinergy, Gamma Ray, Evereve, Edguy, Iced Earth, Moonspell.
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:08 CET

A bunch of bands are in studio. Prepare your pennies... :-)

SONATA ARCTICA :
The release date of "Wolf & Raven" is scheduled on the 21st May.

SINERGY :
The 3rd Sinergy album will be intitled, "Suicide By My Side". The Album is to be released January 14th 2002.

GAMMA RAY :
Gamma Ray's awaited new opus will be called "No World Order". The album will be the first to be released on Metal-Is Records and will be in the CD stores on Monday September 10th.

ANATHEMA :
"A FINE DAY TO EXIT" will probably feature all 11 tracks. Release date to be announced soon.

EVEREVE :
Official release of "E-Mania" will be on the 11th of June '01.

EDGUY :
Edguy's "MANDRAKE" to be released September 24th.

ICED EARTH :
Century Media now lists June 18th, 2001 as the European release date for "Horror Show".

MOONSPELL :
MoonSpell is currently finishing up their composition work for their fifth album. Entitled "Darkness and hope", this album is scheduled to be recorded between April and May at Finnvox studios, Helsinki, Finland, and will be released in September.


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Saturday, May 5, 2001

The world needs a hero
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:12 CET

Megadeth's new album "The World Needs A Hero" will be released on the 14th of May 2001.
This album is supposed to be a return to the old 'rust in peace'-'countdown to extinction' songwriting style.


Well, without Marty Friedman on guitars... I dubious. By the way, the World already has heroes such as Matze, Maggy and I... :P)


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Inflames live album
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:04 CET

"Tokyo Showdown" is the name of Inflames's first live album.
It will be released end spring/early summer of this year and will contains songs covering almost all their cds.
By the way the band is currently on tour and is composing songs for the next studio release (not scheduled for the moment).

Busy busy....


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After Forever limited edition mini-cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:52 CET

After Forever has just released a limited edition of their album "Prison of Desire". It's a blue colordisc (1.000 copies).

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Nightwish mini-cd (not so mini hehe)...
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:46 CET

Nightwish will release a 'mini'-cd called "Over The Hills And Far Away" on June 25th.

Tracklist:

1. Over The Hills And Far Away (a Gary Moore cover tune)
2. Tenth Man Down (new)
3. Away (new)
4. Astral Romance (re-recorded Nightwish classic)
5. The Kinslayer (live)
6. She Is My Sin (live)
7. Sacrament Of Wilderness (live)
8. Walking In The Air (live)
9. Beauty & the Beast (live)
10. Wishmaster (live)

Tarja loves us... lololol. I really hope Tuomas doesn't sing on "astral romance"... or maybe he has been given lessons... We'll see.


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Annihilator interview
Posted by: Matze @ 12:27 CET

Aaron of the official Annihilator website has conducted an interview with Randy Black, talking with their old & new drummer about his musical past, the equipment he uses and several other interesting things. :)

Read it here.


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Thursday, May 3, 2001

Skyclad: tour in May/June
Posted by: Matze @ 13:14 CET

Skyclad today announced some live shows introducing their new line-up with Kevin Ridley on vocals.

The guys - and George :) - are headlining some dates in Holland, support FISH on a few dates in the UK and one in Amsterdam (those will be Acoustic gigs btw), and they'll play some Festival shows in Germany.

Check out Skyclad's tour page to find out if they're playing somewhere near you.

!!! Note that the first gig will be TOMORROW !!!

edit stephane: Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! That is what i call NEWS!!!! A new erea for skyclad!!! Skyclad v2.0 with kev!!! Hehe! Who could have thought of such a reaction from the band?


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Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Annihilator: new (?) drummer
Posted by: Matze @ 17:31 CET

Ray Hartman has left Annihilator to spend more time with his son. He's being replaced by (ex-)ex-drummer Randy Black, who played for Annihilator from 93 till 96.

Ray's official statement can be read here.


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