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May 2004

Monday, May 24, 2004

Falconer parts ways with bassist and guitarist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:27 CET

Sweden's FALCONER have parted ways with second guitarist Anders Johansson and bassist Peder Johansson. "A big discussion took place after the gig in Motala (Swe) as we started to talk about the future of FALCONER," mainman Stefan Weinerhall writes in an official press release. "Two camps quickly formed about the issue. The talk started to get more and more aggressive until it took an ugly turn as Peder started to let his hands do the talking, but luckily Kristoffer stepped in and stopped it from getting really bad.

"Although our intoxicated state of mind probably made the argument worse, it has left deep scars. After this incident the contacts has been very chilly with especially Peder but also Anders.

"Karsten, Kristoffer and I believe that the tension will undermine the future atmosphere of the band if they were to stay. It's better to go our separate ways and let them follow their ideas with their other band GUINEAPIGS.

"We don't think nor hope that Peder and Anders have a different opinion about the decision we have taken."

FALCONER released their third album, "The Sceptre Of Deception", last October through Metal Blade Records.


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Skyclad new album delayed but available on their site
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:25 CET

Headlines - The Latest News

23rd May 2004 - Important announcement;

Release of 'A Semblance Of Normality' delayed.

We are sorry to announce that the release of the band's latest album 'A Semblance of Normality' has been put back until September. This is due to restructuring taking place at Dreamcatcher, who are to promote and distribute the album along with Demolition records. While, in the short-term, this may appear to be bad news for all the Skyclad fans eager to get their hands on said album, it is hoped that, in the long-term, the changes being made will be extremely beneficial to the band in terms of overall promotion and distribution (which should also include the US and Japanese releases). We will, of course, inform everyone as to the new release date and other promotional plans in the very near future.

However, it is not all bad news. While the 'official' release date may be several months away, the band have managed to secure a 'limited number' of 'A Semblance Of Normality' which may be ordered via the official website from Monday 24th of May - a kind of a 'limited release' especially for our fans. To order the new album from our web shop click here :

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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Rhapsody names new cd
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:28 CET

Italian symphonic metal band RHAPSODY have set "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands Part 2 - The Dark Secret" as the title of their forthcoming full-length album, due in September through Magic Circle Music/SPV.

As previously reported, the upcoming CD will feature a very special appearance by acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"). Mr. Lee is no stranger to music and recording studios as he is a classically trained opera singer himself. He will be providing a powerful narration on the forthcoming self-produced CD of the Italy-based group.

Among other well-known narrators and London actors, Lee will guide the listeners in the role of a king through a unique saga invented by RHAPSODY's founding members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli. As a special surprise, Mr. Lee's daughter Christina Lee will also appear in the part of a warrior princess. Incidentally this will mark the first time father and daughter will work together.

RHAPSODY's new CD is being recorded in four different studios in Europe with appearances by more than a dozen international guest soloists. Also appearing on the album will be the entire Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra from the Czech Republic as well as a 50-piece choir.

RHAPSODY are scheduled to release a new mini-CD, entitled "The Dark Secret", on May 29 through Magic Circle Music/SPV. The mini-CD will be packaged with a limited edition bonus DVD containing "Making of" footage for the new album (incl. interview sequences with Christopher Lee) and a 5.1 Mix of "Unholy Warcry" (short version).


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Saturday, May 22, 2004

CD Review : In Flames "soundtrack to your escape"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:49 CET

Review can be read here!

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KING'S X: DVD Plans Scrapped
Posted by: Matze @ 9:53 CET

KING'S X have abandoned plans to film their May 23 performance at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California for an upcoming DVD. No reason was given for the change of plans. The band are still planning on recording various shows on the upcoming North American tour for a live album — a double-CD affair containing "lots of songs," according to an online posting from guitarist Ty Tabor. In addition to all of the group's classics, the live album is expected to include an acoustic portion featuring songs rarely performed by the band.

source: blabbermouth.net

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Friday, May 21, 2004

Pagan Metal Festival, Giessen/Germany
Posted by: Matze @ 10:10 CET

Pagan Metal Festival

20.11.04, Jokus, Giessen



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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Amon Amarth news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:42 CET


Johann Hegg on the follow-up to the highly successful "Versus The World": "Finally, after long consideration, we have decided the title of the new album. The title will be 'FATE OF NORNS', referring to the three Norns - or 'godesses of fate' - Urd, Skuld and Verdandi, who in Scandinavian mythology sit at the root of Yggdrasil - the world tree - weaving the fate of every man."

Some of the song titles are:

a.. An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm
b.. The Fate of Norns
c.. Arson
d.. Sealed in blood
e.. The Valkyries Ride
More titles to be released soon.

AMON AMARTH will be entering Berno Studios in Malmo on Monday, 17 th of May to record the new album. "FATE OF NORNS" will be released September 6, 2004. The release will be celebrated with two headlining shows, with support from labelamates FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING:

04.09.04 GER Bochum Matrix

05.09.04 GER Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik

Tickets for these shows are available from the Metal Blade Website. Afterwards, the band will tour Scandinavia with CANNIBAL CORPSE, followed by a headlining tour of Europe, with support from IMPIOUS. Check tour dates for details!

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Elane signed to kalinkaland records!
Posted by: Stéphane @ 13:30 CET

As reported by the band on the board, Elane has been signed to Kalinkaland records!
New album on its way!

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Lacuna Coil 'swamped' video posted online
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:22 CET

LACUNA COIL's video for the track "Swamped" has been posted online at Launch.com. Check it out there

The "Swamped" clip was directed by Revolver Film Company's Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EVERGREY, TIAMAT, PASSENGER) and was shot in Sweden in a castle and on the Revolver Ranch. Pick-up shots were made in a Spanish desert.

LACUNA COIL will be releasing "Swamped" as the second single from their highly acclaimed album, "Comalies", on June 7 through Century Media Records. The single release will be complemented by the "Swamped" video. A limited two-CD edition of "Comalies" will surface in late June for the price of a single CD.

LACUNA COIL are in the middle of a national U.S. theater tour alongside P.O.D., BLINDSIDE and HAZEN ST.. A second-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest will follow in the summer.


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Annihilator audio clips
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:21 CET

AFM Records has posted a couple of audio clips from ANNIHILATOR's forthcoming CD, "All For You", at This location!

"All For You", due out on May 24, marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) last June. The album was produced, mixed and engineered by ANNIHILATOR mastermind Jeff Waters at Watersound Studios in Canada. Mastering duties were handled by John Vestman. A five-song EP, entitled "The One", was recently issued containing two bonus video clips.

The "All For You" CD will be available in two different formats: standard jewel case format and limited digibook (the digibook contains 20 extraordinary booklet pages, including rare bonus material, six video clips and multimedia extras).

As previously reported, ANNIHILATOR will be opening for JUDAS PRIEST at select dates on the British heavy metal legends' upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jun. 02 – Leipzig, GER @ Haus Auensee
Jun. 06 - Frauenfeld, SWI @ Festhalle Rüegerholz
Jun. 08 – Berlin, GER @ Arena Berlin
Jun. 13 – Oberhausen, GER @ König-Pilsener-Arena
Jun. 14 – Prague, CZR @ T-Mobile Arena


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Former Blaze drummer joins Paradise Lost
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:19 CET

PARADISE LOST have announced the addition of drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE, KILL II THIS) to the group's ranks. Singer joins the group as the replacement for Lee Morris, who left the band in March due to "personal and musical differences." More information on Singer is available at his official web site.

As previously reported, PARADISE LOST will once again be working with producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "Symbol Of Life", tentatively due before the end of the year through G.U.N./BMG Records (in Europe). "Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Fulber and was released in the U.S. through Koch Entertainment.


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The end of Candlemass...
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:19 CET

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have officially split up — seemingly for the last time.

"We are truly sorry to inform you that CANDLEMASS have disbanded!" reads a posting on the group's web site. "This is sad news for us and everybody else that love this fantastic band. There will be no more gigs, no new album, no more doom! This is it... finished... zero... nada... out!!!

"Despite the tremendous success of the reunion, everything hasn’t been perfect. Tiny cracks in the façade could be seen during the first round in the summer of 2002 because members of the band do not share the same vision of [CANDLEMASS], the gigs, an eventual new album, democracy etc, and last year it became clear that the differences were too large to overcome. A demo was recorded but the internal problems overshadowed the fun of playing. The gig at Klubben (Stockholm) Nov. 29 came to be the last and final [one] for CANDLEMASS.

"The band have tried to save the situation. There have been meetings and discussions, but unfortunately it hasn’t been possible for the five members to agree on how CANDLEMASS could work in the future. The members would have loved to continue but the chemistry is just not there anymore. The magic is gone..."

(source : blabbermouth)

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Monday, May 17, 2004

Gig Review : New Model Army (San Diego)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:41 CET

Another NMA US tour report by pax eternum.
Check it here!

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Milù : Mila mar's singer's solo project
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:21 CET

Anke, female singer of Mila Mar is setting up a solo project named Milù. Actually she's working on her first album.

More news on the official site : http://www.milù-cat.com/

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Primordial signed to metal blade records
Posted by: Stéphane @ 20:00 CET

Metal Blade announced the signing of PRIMORDIAL. This is what A.A. Nemtheanga - singer in PRIMORDIAL - had to say:
"We are proud to announce we have signed a world wide deal with Metal Blade Records.After thirteen years in existence this will be our fourth record label and hopefully our last. Some may find Primordial and Metal Blade a strange combination as we have musically relatively little in common with many of the bands on the roster but that's what makes it such an interesting and challenging combination on so many levels. We had other offers and interest from various labels and it was clear to us we had to step things up with a bigger label. When we looked at things in the cold light the Metal Blade offer was by the far the best and it became clear to us that we were dealing with a genuine label run by Metal fans for Metal fans with a vast Metal legacy over three decades and not with one eye always on the profit margin. We hope to record our next (fifth) album during the Summer/Autumn with famed engineer/producer Billy Anderson here in Ireland for an early Winter release. We have a few European shows here and there before then so until then.vae victis

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Gig review : New Model Army (long beach)
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:16 CET

Gig review here!

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Interview with The Great Kat
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:15 CET


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Sunday, May 9, 2004

After Forever replaces keyboardist
Posted by: Stéphane @ 19:00 CET

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have parted ways with keyboardist Lando van Gils and have replaced him with Joost v.d. Broek, formerly of SUN CAGED. "Lando has decided to leave AFTER FOREVER because of personal reasons," according to a posting on the band's web site. "He left in good friendship and will put up his own statement later on this week. The gig in De Bosuil (May 14 in Weert) will be Lando's farewell gig."

(source : blabbermouth)

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Friday, May 7, 2004

New Within Temptation in september
Posted by: Stéphane @ 18:21 CET

According to "The Official International Within Temptation Fanclub", Deep Within, WITHIN TEMPTATION's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "Mother Earth" will be released in September through BMG. No further information is currently available

Source : blabbermouth

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German Album Charts
Posted by: Matze @ 11:56 CET

(11) GUNS N´ROSES - Greatest Hits
(13) SCHANDMAUL - Wie Pech & Schwefel (NEU)
(47) HAGGARD - Eppur Si Muove (NEU)
(49) EVANESCENCE - Fallen (Platin + Gold)
(50) FEAR FACTORY - Archetype
(74) DIE ÄRZTE - Geräusch (Platin)
(84) RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Greatest Hits
(85) SOULFLY - Prophecy
(97) NIRVANA - Nirvana (Platin)

Schandmaul entered the charts at #13, not bad :D

source: RockHard.de

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Sunday, May 2, 2004

Cruachan: first show in Germany
Posted by: Matze @ 17:08 CET

"On the 20.11.04 the first Pagan Metal Festival wil happen at the Jokus in Gießen. As Headliner CRUACHAN are alreay confirmed, who will play there exclusiv very first Germany Show."

source: http://www.shadowsmile.de

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Gary Moore news
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:52 CET

Legendary guitarist Gary Moore has set "Power of the Blues" as the title of his new studio album, due on June 7 through Sanctuary Records. The new album is a continuation of the rock/blues tradition that Moore started on in the early 1990s.

"Power of the Blues" features Gary Moore on vocals and guitar, Bob Daisley (ex-RAINBOW, OZZY OSBOURNE) on bass, and Darrin Mooney on drums. Daisley last played with Gary on the "Still Got the Blues" album in 1990 after being a regular band member live and on record throughout the 1980s. Mooney joined Gary for the "A Different Beat" tour in 1999, and has been the regular drummer on the past three albums. "Power of the Blues" is produced by Gary Moore and Chris Tsangarides (credits include THIN LIZZY and JUDAS PRIEST).

"Power of the Blues" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Power Of The Blues (G. Moore/B. Daisley/D. Mooney)
02. There's A Hole (G. Moore)
03. Tell Me Woman (G. Moore)
04. I Can't Quit You Baby (Willie Dixon)
05. That's Why I Play The Blues (G. Moore)
06. Evil (Willie Dixon)
07. Getaway Blues (G. Moore/B. Daisley/D. Mooney)
08. Memory Pain (P. Mayfield)
09. Can't Find My Baby (G. Moore)
10. Torn Inside (G. Moore)

"Power of the Blues" is Moore's 23rd solo album. His second album, "Back On the Streets" (1978), which included his evocative single "Parisienne Walkways" (Top Ten in April 1979) with Phil Lynott on guest vocals, launched his solo career in earnest. In the 1990s he formed BBM with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker before continuing with his solo career. In 2002 he formed and released an album with SCARS, featuring ex-SKUNK ANANSIE bassist Cass Lewis and drummer Darrin Mooney. Moore toured with WHITESNAKE in 2003 on the Monsters of Rock Tour and subsequently released a live album in September 2003.

(source : blabbermouth)

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Memory Garden in studio
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:51 CET

As previously reported, MEMORY GARDEN have commenced the recording sessions for their new album, "Carnage Carnival", for a late 2004 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. The follow-up to 2000's "Mirage", "Carnage Carnival" will mark MEMORY GARDEN's first release since their split with Metal Blade Records in early 2002.

(source blabbermouth)

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Saturday, May 1, 2004

CD Review : Penumbra "seclusion"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:44 CET


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CD Review : Aina "days of rising doom"
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Yearning negociating new record deal
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:54 CET

The record deal with the French Holy Records has expired, so the band is on the free market looking for a new deal. Currently Yearning is preparing the channels for future releases and negotiations with a few record labels are on the way.

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CD Review : Darkthrone "Sardonic Wrath"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 8:29 CET

This review is in the review board. Here !

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