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Thursday, May 29, 2003
Butal Death/Black. Extremely fast, extremely heavy. Such a beauty.
Check the review.
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
IN FLAMES have posted the following update to their official web site, www.inflames.com:
"Hello, as we speak we are in Denmark, doing the pre-production. Everything has been working really smooth on the writing process, and So far, we have 6 new songs recorded in the first phase.
"One more week will hopefully end with a few more songs down on tape. Then of course we will take the music with us home and do some final work on it before the actual album recording later this fall.
"The working title 'The Tuborg Sessions' speaks for itself...
"We live in a big house with a nice garden suitable for soccer games and other activities such as beer drinking, and 5 minutes walk to the ocean doesn't make it worse.
"Rest assured that this will be the best IN FLAMES album so far. Anyways... We'll update you as often as we can, so 'till then..."
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
ARCH ENEMY have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Anthems Of Rebellion", due on Aug. 26 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Wages Of Sin" will be released in Japan on July 23 through Toy's Factory Records.
The CD, which was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K. by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, KREATOR, NEVERMORE, etc.), will include the following tracks:
01. Rebel (Intro)
02. Silent Wars
03. We Will Rise
04. Dead Eyes See No Future
06. Leader Of The Rats (Anonymous Animosity)
07. Exist To Exit
08. Acoustic Instrumental
09. Despicable Heroes
10. End Of The Line
12. Anthem (Instrumental)
13. Saints And Sinners
A limited-edition version of "Anthems Of Rebellion" will include a bonus CD featuring several live tracks recorded last year and a few of the "Anthems…" songs in "head-spinning 5.1 surround mixes," according to guitarist Michael Amott.
Upcoming ARCH ENEMY tour dates:
May 31 - Donington Park, UK - Download Festival
Jun. 08 – Gelsenkirchen, GER - Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 15 – Nijmegen, NETH - Fields of Rock
Jul. 02 – Oslo, NOR - Spektrum (w/ IRON MAIDEN)
Jul. 03 – Oslo, NOR - Spektrum (w/ IRON MAIDEN)
Jul. 05 – Dessel, BEL - Graspop Festival
Jul. 13 – Helsinki, FIN - Tuska Open Air
Aug. 02 – Hultsfred, SWE - Gates Of Metal Festival
Monday, May 26, 2003
PEARL JAM bassist Jeff Ament and KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick are collaborating on a project they hope to finish this year.
Friends since 1988, Ament and Pinnick got together for the first time "a little over a year ago," when, along with drummer Richard Stuverud, they recorded ten songs in one week.
"We just locked ourselves up in Montana in Jeff's house and wrote music," Pinnick told Rolling Stone. Pinnick describes the sounds as "a little mellower, not as heavy" as KING'S X, and "atmospheric" and "PEARL JAM-ish."
"We had talked about making music together often," Ament said. "When our schedules free up, we will continue with the project." The bassist is currently on tour with PEARL JAM, with dates set through at least mid-July.
Doug gave an update from the road that was posted on the official site and on Usenet.
Here's what we learned:
Sunday, May 25, 2003
German melodic metallers EDGUY have set "Mysteria" as the working title for their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through AFM Records. "We'll have some great surprises for you, so stay tuned," EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet wrote on the band's official web site regarding the new material. "Musically it's gonna sound like EDGUY (what else?!), epic, heavy, melodic... But there will be some little new elements, For example, one of the new elements is gonna have 70 heads and is called the 'Babelsberger Filmorchestera'. This is Germany's biggest movie-score orchestra, a real symphonic orchestra which is plays soundtracks for movies, but which has already worked with some bands, e.g. THE SCORPIONS... It was a dream of mine to work with a real orchestra instead of keyboards all the time. But don't be afraid, we're not gonna do a boring or even -worst case- 'mature' classic-meets-rock album as some may be afraid of. It's gonna be heavy and it's gonna be just supported by the orchestra. No Vivaldi ballerina shit for men in pink tights, but an epic piece of 'Braveheart' metal... :) Sounds pathetic, but that's exactly the way I should describe it."
EDGUY, whose last CD, "Mandrake", was released in 2001, will issue their first-ever double live album, "Burning Down The Opera", on June 2 through AFM Records. "We can't wait to hear [the fans'] opinions about it and especially the reactions of [their] performance on the album," Sammet wrote. "Be sure that the whole thing is more than just an alibi-live-disc-in-between. Imagine the raw, energetic kick-ass live versions of our studio albums and you may know what to expect from the stuff. Plus we have included a picture booklet with all the lyrics and more than 150 pictures from the tour. You'll see more than some of us dudes would probably want you to :) Lately many people kept asking why we don't play more live shows to support 'Burning Down The Opera', or maybe even a tour. We can't tell you how much we miss touring. We have even started chewing off our toe-nails because of the boredom! The band is in a great shape right now and there is a great spirit and mood in the rehearsing room amongst us. And I think this will get us even more hungry for our next 'real' tour. And besides this, I think we have a good reason not to tour these days: We are right now writing and arranging material for the next studio album, probably being released early 2004."
In other news, Sammet has been tapped to sing on the forthcoming album from AINA, the new project spearheaded by acclaimed German producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, ANGRA, RHAPSODY).
Sammet will reportedly appear on at least one song ? an as-yet-undisclosed track that was previously meant to include the vocals of former HELLOWEEN and current SUPARED frontman Michael Kiske.
The AINA debut, which is said to have "nothing to do with heavy metal," is expected to surface in late 2003 through an as-yet-undetermined label.
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Veteran Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have parted ways with vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) and have replaced him with Vancouver-based newcomer Dave Padden.
Says ANNHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters: "Joe and I had a difference of opinion on an issue (not of a musical nature) that just couldn't be resolved mutually. We will miss Joe and we did some great songs/CDs together, but the band, management, label and I were quite aware, and in agreement, that this change had to happen. New guy is Dave Padden from Vancouver. Killer voice. Basically, a guy of extremes: super clean voice and super raunchy/dirty voice. A lot of attitude. What 'til' ya see him live this summer! An added bonus is that he brings the average age of the band DOWN! Hehe! I think he is 26! New CD will kill. Hey, weren't you guys and gals expecting a change soon??? It seems to be in the blood."
ANNIHILATOR recently issued a double live CD, titled "Double Live Annihilation", through Germany's AFM Records. A new studio album is tentatively set to surface in September.
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
FLOWING TEARS Announce New Singer
German goth metallers FLOWING TEARS have announced the addition of vocalist Helen Vogt to the group's ranks. Vogt joins FLOWING TEARS as a replacement for Stefanie Duchêne, who left the group early this year due to personal reasons.
According to an official press release, "it took a while and some auditions before the 21-year-old beauty stepped into the rehearsal room and blew everybody away with a deep yet charming voice. Beside of her technical skills, Helen fits in the band 100% and will bring newfound power to the Goth-Rockers from Saarbruecken. FLOWING TEARS have already performed a small show in early May with Helen and even the die-hard fans were impressed."
Here is an official statement from the band:
"We are very happy that Helen is much more than just a replacement for Stefanie, but a new full-time band member. We were not looking for a double but for somebody who possessed a unique voice and charismatic character ?which is exactly what we found with Helen. She is a new force that will help FLOWING TEARS take a big step forward. Check out our appearance at the Wave Gotik Festival or Rock Harz Open Air and we are sure that you'll love her same as we do. Stay tuned for new recordings set up for late 2003. Finally we would like to thank to everybody who showed up at the auditions. It was great to see how many talented ladies are around."
Saturday, May 17, 2003
Ireland's CRUACHAN have been rejoined by flutist John O' Fathaigh. John, who left the band last summer for personal reasons, "has sorted his life out" and is once more a member of the group, according to their official web site.
CRUACHAN are currently hard at work on their new album, "Pagan", tentatively due in the fall through Hammerheart Records. The follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore" is being recorded and mixed at Sonic studios in Dublin.
According to Terrorizer Magazine, Martin Walkyier is hard at work (finally!). Together with ex-Immortal?s bassist Iscariah, he is currently putting up a new project, "The Clan Destined". Martin?s new buddy Iscariah will be responsible for writing music for the new band, which, as Mr. Walkyier describes it, is "totally Pagan, very dark and will be the 3rd chapter in the Sabbat/Skyclad history".
Friday, May 16, 2003
Here's the new album of Old Man's Child. Read the review.
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
U.D.O., the German band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, have set "Nailed To Metal" as the title for their upcoming DVD, due in Europe on August 25. The forthcoming DVD will come in a special package containing a bonus live CD, titled "Metal Mayhem - The Missing Tracks".
The complete track listing for "Metal Mayhem - The Missing Tracks" is as follows:
02. Raiders Of Beyond
03. Metal Heart (ACCEPT)
04. X T C (ACCEPT)
05. Drum Solo
06. Fast As A Shark (ACCEPT)
07. Princess Of The Dawn (ACCEPT)
08. Restless & Wild (ACCEPT)
09. Thunder In The Tower
10. Hard Attack (ACCEPT)
11. Balls To The Wall (ACCEPT)
12. Metal Gods (JUDAS PRIEST)
U.D.O.'s new studio album is tentatively set for an October/November release and will be supported by a world tour, which will kick off in South America and the U.S. A European tour will begin in January 2004. U.D.O. will appear at this summer's Bang Your Head (Germany) and Gods Of Metal (Italy) festivals.
Sweden's GARDENIAN have completed the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Sindustries" and are currently mixing the effort at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman for a tentative late 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "When the mixing is done GARDENIAN will start shopping for a new record deal," the band write on their official web site, www.gardenian.net.
GARDENIAN, who split with Nuclear Blast Records in 2001, have incorporated a more melodic vocal approach into their sound, a development that has received some criticism from the group's die-hard fans looking for the band to continue on a more aggressive musical path. "For you who wonder about growls..." the group write on the site, "[GARDENIAN's] characteristic mixture of growls & clean vocals wont be missed by anyone."
Among the 12 working titles tentatively set to appear on the album are the following:
02. Drowning Empire
05. Dark Waters
06. Dead To The World
With regards to the group's current musical direction, the band write, "We know that it may sound like a cliché, but [these are] the best songs we have done/recorded so far in our career it feels like all the pieces [have] finally [fallen into place] just perfect [as it relates] to [realizing] our vision."
Joining guitarist Niklas Engelin and drummer Thim Blom in GARDENIAN's latest incarnation are TIME REQUIEM singer Apollo Papathanasio and former GOOSEFLESH bassist Robert Hakemo. Kriss Albertsson, who previously played bass in the group, remains a member of the band, but only as a touring/session guitarist. Meanwhile, longtime guitarist/vocalist Jim Kjell, who played on the group's three full-length albums to date has since left the band, having found "the day job he was searching for," according to the group.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Blue Horses's review of Grave Digger's new cd based on Wagner's work.
Check it here!
Sunday, May 11, 2003
Just to let you know there has been a small update on our radio playlist.
our actual playlist
There to listen to the radio online
Friday, May 9, 2003
Release of "Ghost of a rose", Blackmore's night new studio album, is planned on the 30 june.
There will be two covers : 'rainbow blues' from jethro tull and "diamonds and rust" from Joan Baez. Here's the tracklist :
Way To Mandalay
3 Black Crows
Diamonds And Rust
Queen For A Day (part 1)
Queen For A Day (part 2) (instrumental)
Nur Eine Minute (instrumental)
Ghost Of A Rose,
Mr. Peagram`s Morris And Sword (instrumental)Loreley
Where Are We Going From Here,
All For One
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
IRON MAIDEN have finalized the track listing for their new double-disc DVD, "Visions Of The Beast", due on June 2 through EMI.
With a running time of over 240 minutes, the DVD documents the phenomenal career of a band which had over 30 hit singles and sold over 50 million albums. For the first time, this collection features a complete video history of every IRON MAIDEN clip from 1980 up to their headliner performance at Rock in Rio 2001. In addition, this two-DVD set offers over 40 minutes bonus material and hidden features, including never-before-seen animated versions of six legendary tracks, interactive menus and a discography.
The complete track listing for "Visions Of The Beast" is as follows:
01. Women In Uniform
02. Wrathchild (Live At The Rainbow)
03. Run To The Hills
04. The Number Of The Beast
05. Flight Of Icarus
06. The Trooper (Promo Version)
07. 2 Minutes To Midnight
08. Aces High
09. Wasted Years
10. Stranger In A Strange Land
11. Can I Play With Madness
12. The Evil That Men Do
13. The Clairvoyant (Donington '88)
14. Infinite Dreams (Live)
15. Holy Smoke
17. Aces High (Camp Chaos Version)
18. The Number Of The Beast (Camp Chaos Version)
19. Futureal (Football Version)
20. Fear Of The Dark (Rock In Rio)
21. Man On The Edge (Slapstick Version)
01. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter
02. Be Quick Or Be Dead
03. From Here To Eternity
04. Wasting Love
05. Fear Of The Dark (Donington '92)
06. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Donington '92)
07. Man On The Edge
08. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
09. Lord Of The Flies
11. The Angel And The Gambler
13. The Wicker Man
14. Out Of The Silent Planet
15. Brave New World (Rock In Rio)
16. The Wicker Man (Camp Chaos Version)
17. Flight Of Icarus (Camp Chaos Version)
18. Run To The Hills (Camp Chaos Version)
19. The Trooper (Camp Chaos Version)
IRON MAIDEN have just completed work on the follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World" and are scheduled to embark on the European leg of their "Give Me Ed? 'Til I'm Dead World Tour" in late May.
4th Yearning album will be recorded at Astia -studios 9.-26.6.03 and it will be called "Evergrey". Release date is somewhere in autumn...
Source : Yearning's drummer
And as always, Penny is in avant-garde!! I guess we got it first again! :)
The new album of Finntroll in stores NOW!!
Sweden's ARCH ENEMY have set "Anthems Of Rebellion" as the title for their forthcoming effort, tentatively due on Aug. 26 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Wages Of Sin" will be released in Japan on July 23 through Toy's Factory Records.
Says guitarist Michael Amott: "There is a thread of ANTI-establishment and REBELLION that goes through all the songs lyrics and also the artwork, but I wouldn't go as far as calling it a full-blown concept ? that kind of stuff usually tends to get in the way of the music. I do think the lyrics are more focused and have a lot more 'bite' to them this time around. Musically, we have just focused on making the catchiest and cool ARCH ENEMY music we could come up with! There's an absolute abundance of HEAVY riffs, THICK harmonies, RIPPING solos, FRANTIC drumming and SICK screaming ? ALL OVER THIS ALBUM! The performances from the individual members are awesome! We are all so proud of each other!
"As far as the production goes, Andy Sneap really excelled himself on this one," Amott continued. "It sounds thicker and more heavy than the last album ('Wages Of Sin'). It really helped us a lot using Andy as a producer this time, he gave us a strong focus and made us work harder than we've ever done before. We have been known to be bit lazy and complacent at times (!?).Andy soon knocked that out of us and got all ARCH ENEMY members thinking like true soldiers of metal ? it was hardcore!
"We are also putting together a limited edition bonus CD with the first pressing (worldwide) that will have live tracks (from 2002) and a few of the 'Anthems Of Rebellion' songs in head spinning 5.1 (surround) mixes + some other goodies?
"As usual, it's hard to describe music in words. You will all be able to hear it soon enough anyway! I can tell you that I personally speaking, as good an album that 'Wages Of Sin' really was, I firmly believe we have moved on from there and made something that is equally as strong, if not stronger! 'Anthems Of Rebellion' has got every type of feel and emotion that we want to have in our music?it's beautiful and it's ugly. And it's very fucking metal."
Second review by Insidethefall. Extra, extra, read all about it !
A review by our newest member Insidethefall.
Check it here!
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Looks like Finntroll got themselves a new guitarist. According to Trollhorn (the keyboard-player of the Trolls), Mikael "Mosso" Karlbom, who replaces recently deceased Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta on tour, is now a full-time member of "the mighty Finntroll horde". No official statement is made yet, but Trollhorn have recently mentioned: "If and WHEN we are going to go on with this band, [Mikael] will be the only option". Anyway, I guess it wouldn?t hurt to keep fingers crossed - everything seems to go back to normal.
Helloween's Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch are back, bound by the secret of the MASTERPLAN!
Check it. It KILLS!
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Finland's NIGHTWISH have finalized the contents of their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", due on May 26 through Spinefarm.
According to www.nightwish.com, the DVD will contain the following:
1. "End Of Innocence" documentary
- The history of NIGHTWISH by Tuomas and Jukka
- Total running time around 150 minutes!
- Features shitloads of the footage from their tours all over the world from the very beginning to the Century Child World Tour
2. Music clips
- 01. End Of All Hope *
- 02. Dead To The World *
- 03. 10th Man Down *
- 04. Slaying The Dreamer *
- 05. Over The Hills And Far Away *
- 06. Sleeping Sun *
- 07. Over The Hills And Far Away (promo)
- 08. Bless The Child (promo)
- 09. End Of All Hope (promo)
* live from Summer Breeze festival 2002, 5.1 sound
3. Photo Gallery
4. Interview for MTV Brazil in 2003
As previously reported, 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.
Portugal's MOONSPELL have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Antidote", tentatively due in late summer through Century Media Records.
The follow-up to 2001's "Darkness And Hope" will contain the following songs:
01. Everything Invaded
02. The Southern Deathstyles
04. In And Above Man
05. From Lowering Skies
06. Capricorn At Her Feet
07. Lunar Still
08. A Walk On The Darkside
09. Crystal Gazing
10. (The) Darkening
11. As We Eternally Sleep On It
MOONSPELL, who recently parted ways with bassist Sérgio Crestana and temporarily replaced him with AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori, recorded the new album at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., SENTENCED, AMORPHIS).
Saturday, May 3, 2003
German Gothic/Black Metal act Sun of Sadness have made their latest album "FOREST" available for download (mp3, 128 kbps).
Download Link: www.sunofsadness.de/releases/mp3_fr.htm
Official Sun of Sadness homepage: www.sunofsadness.de
"ROADRUNNER RECORDS Launches THE VAULT! - May 2, 2003
Roadrunner Records U.S. have launched a special section of their official web site called The Vault where you can buy digital files of all Roadrunner music ? past and present, deleted and current."
Sounds interesting, BUT they just support Windows users, no Mac, no Linux, ... this sux!
Anyway, if you're still interested check it out here.
After Anthrax completed their successful headliner-tour, the band
already started to make plans for further gigs. While some festivals are
already confirmed (Rock Hard-Festival and With Full Force), they'll
probably arrange five additional gigs in Germany. The band announced to
start the work on a video clip for "Taking The Music Back", as there was
a big demand from various TV stations due to the great success of "We've
Come For You All".
DAVID SHANKLE GROUP
All "Brothers and Sisters of True Heavy Metal" should still know
the name David Shankle as the Guitarist who can be heard on MANOWAR's
1992 Album "The Triumph Of Steel" and who also joined Joey DeMaio and
his "Warriors" on the two following Tours. On his Solo Album, Shankle
picks up from where he left of in 1994: With classically inspired Heavy
Metal without any compromises. It is no surprise that "Ashes To Ashes"
is full of rocking hymns, which remind the listener of 80's metal. The
final result is a debut that deserves the "True as Steel" quality stamp
in every second and which in addition gives us a Sound in the very best
Manowar quality. The album will be released on june, 10th and features
two video clips as CD-Rom enhanced part.
Veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION have set the tentative track
listing for their new album, "Metal Discharge", due in late September
through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2001's "The Antichrist"
-will contain the following cuts:
01. The Ravenous Beast
02. Mortal Remains
03. Metal Discharge
04. Savage Symphony of Terror
05. Made To Be Broken
06. Desecrators of the New Age
08. Rippin' the Flesh Apart
09. Fear of the Moment
10. Historical Force Feed
"Metal Discharge" will mark the recording debut with the group of new
drummer Marc Reign, who replaced Sven Vormann in 2001.
The band recently finished their new video clip for the single
"Trigger", where also Soilwork have a guest appearance (and vice versa,
read the Soilwork news). The single will be released as jewel case with
enhanced part and as digipack version with bonus-DVD, which will feature
a new song, remixes and a cover version of the classic Genesis-track
"Land Of Confusion".
TAPPING THE VEIN
Their european tour with Paradise Lost and Within Temptation was a
big success for the band, especially as the band was invited by Paradise
Lost themselves. But they won't take a break, instead they'll continue
to tour the US as support for Dope. January 2004 will see their new
album, which will probably be a lot heavier but also more dynamic.
source: Nuclear Blast newsletter
"Wiley Arnett (Sacred Reich) Returns in New Project, The Human Condition
One of metal's most talented guitarists, Wiley Arnett, former 13-year
lead axeman of Sacred Reich (Metal Blade Records), has teamed up with
the multifaceted singer and lyricist Patrick Flannery, frontman of the
notorious shock metal band St. Madness (Nasty Prick Records), in a
project aptly called The Human Condition. Joined by Scott Twitty
(Bludgeon) and, new to the scene, Brian Webb, this project explores all
facets of the human condition lyrically and musically, and lays them
before you for a new renaissance in hard and powerful song writing."
For more information, mp3s etc. check this link.
Thursday, May 1, 2003
Review of that jazz rock fusion classic cd here.
Read that review here
Review by Stephane Vasiljevic