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June 2004


Sunday, June 27, 2004

Radio playlist updated
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:20 CET

Check the radioactivity message board to see the changes

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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Ron Marks (ex-Celtic Frost) Signs With SONIC WAVE INTERNATIONAL
Posted by: Matze @ 16:12 CET

SUBSONIC, the solo project of former CELTIC FROST guitarist Ron Marks, will be issuing its sophomore album, "No Such Soul", this fall through Sonic Wave America. The follow-up to 2002's "Super-Vel" (Outlaw Entertainment) will be available worldwide at such stores as Best Buy, Tower, Borders, Wherehouse, FYE, Sam Goody, Amazon.com, CD NOW, Music Boulevard, CD Universe, Sonic Wave America online stores, and many regional and independent retail chains.

Anand Bhatt, President of Sonic Wave International, says: "I'm really excited to release the new SUBSONIC project! CELTIC FROST and Ron Marks fans will be VERY pleased. We have always been a strong independent force in heavy music, and it's an honor that Ron chose us to put out the new release."

Ron Marks had the following to say about the songwriting on his latest effort: "When I think about the music and the CD title, thoughts of independence and not selling your mind or soul to anyone are the prevailing visions. Yes, I'm writing about american society because that's where I live. But the lyrics go beyond that into what humanity has done throughout history and continues to do. And more so, how we never learn from our mistakes. For instance, the latest track is called 'Delilahs' and is about human betrayal on a global and perpetual scale with a little of the middle eastern war thrown around the edges."

Ron is a resident of Hermitage, PA and has performed in several music related projects as well as recording as SUBSONIC for the last 5 years. In his youth he and friend Dan Laudo (drummer for PRONG) played in a band with none other than Trent Reznor. Ron Marks has been called "an unusual and almost heavier version of Frank Zappa."

source: blabbermouth.net


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KING'S X Music Featured In Upcoming Movie
Posted by: Matze @ 16:10 CET

"The KING'S X track "Static", off their "Manic Moonlight" release (2001), appears on the trailer (and in the flick) for the movie "GhostWatcher". The movie is slated to be released by Artisan/Lion's Gate in October. The trailer should hit world theaters in August.

In other news, KING'S X are planning on doing some recording this summer with veteran hard rock/metal producer Michael Wagener (WARRANT, SKID ROW, ACCEPT, HAMMERFALL). "We're gonna try out a few songs with him that could or maybe not end up on our next studio record," stated guitarist Ty Tabor. A live album, recorded at various shows on the band's current North American tour, is expected in October. The double-CD affair is set to include all of the group's classics as well as an acoustic portion featuring songs rarely performed by the band.

Upcoming KING'S X shows:

Sep. 25 - Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
Sep. 27 - Nashville, TN @ The Exit/In
Sep. 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
Sep. 30 - Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
Oct. 01 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
Oct. 02 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 03 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown
Oct. 05 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theatre / Underground
Oct. 06 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
Oct. 21 - San Francisco, CA @ The DNA Lounge
Oct. 22 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
Oct. 23 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Mason Jar
Oct. 24 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club"

source: blabbermouth.net


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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Record label Castle von Buhler is now closed :(
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:19 CET

Castle von Buhler Records is now closed. Thank you for a wonderful decade!

Please direct any further inquiries to julian@drawbridge.com

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It was the label for The Moors and it saddens me much. :(


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Monday, June 21, 2004

CD Review : Star One "Space metal"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 17:14 CET

Review can be found here!

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Sunday, June 20, 2004

New Dark Muse mp3s
Posted by: Stéphane @ 10:53 CET

New Dark Muse MP3's available on the Eyescream site for a listen... as well 3 New DM tracks found at SongPlanet.com
Follow the link to the DM sounds page:
http://www.eyescreamjewelry.com/generic44.html


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Saturday, June 12, 2004

CD Review : Nightwish "Once"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 21:25 CET

Read the review here !

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Ray Charles
Posted by: Matze @ 10:36 CET

Legendary pianist Ray Charles died yesterday. Blind from age 7, he overcame adversity to become an incredible pianist and performer, known worldwide for his music. He was 73, and his loss saddens us all.

(sent in by Pax who can't access the site right now)


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Friday, June 11, 2004

Evanescence working on new songs
Posted by: Stéphane @ 23:44 CET

EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee has told Billboard.com that the writing process for the group's sophomore album is going well. "I've had the chance to really write [this year]," she said. "I bought a house — I'd been homeless forever. I've been playing my piano in the middle of the night, whenever, lighting candles and writing. It's so gratifying. I just feel complete again.

"The songs aren't ready yet," she continued. "They're all little skeletons of songs and structures. I don't want to blow the secret before they've had time to grow."

(source : blabbermouth)


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Rage guitarist temporaily replaced cause of illness
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:19 CET

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski fell "seriously ill" following the group's performance at the Gods of Metal festival last weekend. Smolski is now "in the hospital" and "he will not take part at the 24h race at the Nürburgring, and he also can't play the Helfenstein concert in Geislingen [Germany on June 19]," reads a post on the group's web site. Replacing Victor at the Helfenstein festival will be former RAGE guitarist Manni Schmidt. However, the group point out that Manni's appearance with RAGE in Geislingen will be a one-time-only event and no additional joint live appearances are currently planned. Smolski is expected to fully recover in time for the band's performance at the Raismesfest in Raismem, France on September 11.

Source : blabbermouth


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Bruce Dickinson's new solo album is done
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:41 CET

And that's it for the news.

(Source : obskure.com)


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Blackmore's Night goes romantic
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:39 CET

"All Because Of You - The Romantic Collection" will be the next release of Blackmore's night.
This romantic love songs album will feature a bonus dvd too.

Source : Obskure.com


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Edenbridge live album in July
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:22 CET

Endenbridge will release "A Livetime In Eden" in july. There will be a bonus dvb.

(source : vampster)


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End of Music For Nations
Posted by: Stéphane @ 16:15 CET

Sad News - Legendary U.K. record label Music For Nations current home of OPETH and ANATHEMA and past home of METALLICA, CRADLE OF FILTH, TESTAMENT and countless other metal bands has officially closed its doors. The company's catalogue which has previously included titles from artists as varied as LOST HORIZON and FRANK ZAPPA will be folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group).

Launched in 1983 by Martin Hooker, Music For Nations established itself as a European leader in the rock and metal world, with early signings like METALLICA (who had three gold albums while on MFN), SLAYER and MEGADETH paving the way. As Music For Nations grew, the company expanded its operation to include not just licensed acts from the USA, but its own signings.


(source pm boards)


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Wednesday, June 9, 2004

New Nick Cave album in september
Posted by: Stéphane @ 11:04 CET

Nick Cave will release a new album "Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus" in september

Source : Obskure.com


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BATHORY Mastermind QUORTHON Dead At 39
Posted by: Matze @ 0:06 CET

BATHORY mastermind Tomas "Quorthon" Forsberg was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, June 7, informed sources have confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The 39-year-old son of Black Mark Records owner Börje Forsberg, long considered one of black metal's founders, died of an apparent heart failure. More information as it becomes available.(source: blabbermouth)

R.I.P.


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Monday, June 7, 2004

CD Review : NMA "Lost songs"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:54 CET

here

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CD Review : NMA "Big guitars in little Europe"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:54 CET

here

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CD Review : NMA "Tales of the road"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 12:53 CET

here

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Sunday, June 6, 2004

CD Review : Therion "Sirius B" and "Lemuria"
Posted by: Stéphane @ 22:10 CET

Review of the double digipack here!

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Saturday, June 5, 2004

Theatre of tragedy have announced new singer
Posted by: Stéphane @ 9:19 CET

Norway's THEATRE OF TRAGEDY have announced the addition of THE CREST singer Nell to the group's ranks. Nell joins THEATRE OF TRAGEDY as the replacement for Liv Kristine, who was acrimoniously fired from the band last August. The following is THEATRE OF TRAGEDY's official statement on the latest lineup change:

"After the announcement of THEATRE OF TRAGEDY parting ways with lead singer Liv Kristine in late August 2003, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY decided to withdraw and keep a low profile.

"All the while, the songwriting activity was kept steady, and at the same time started the search for a new singer. The search had not lasted very long until a strong candidate emerged, and very soon found a natural position within the band, even before an actual decision was made. The new singer, Nell (origin: Norway), quickly proved a refreshing addition to the group, being honest and outspoken, enthusiastic, and with a general working attitude that further strengthened the band's internal bonding.

"With a strong and temperamental voice, she fit well into the current style of the band, aiming more for a darker atmospheric, brooding and simplified style, rather than the efficient rock/pop song with dense layers of electronics. And although largely lacking the 'Beauty and the Beast' contrast of the band's early recordings, there is still a complementary tension between Nell's and Raymond's vocals.



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