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Thursday, July 31, 2003
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"We have managed at very short notice (sorry for this) to get booked to play at the Hawkfest on Sunday 10th August. We will be playing at approximately 4.30 pm for one hour with some of our folkier festival anthems, the full line up for the three day event is yet to be confirmed but the Levelers will be headlining the Sunday, with Hawkwind headlining the Saturday night. For more information about the festival and how to purchase tickets go to ;
Skyclad have also posted the lyrics to "The Genius of the Shire" (pt. 1 & 2) at their official homepage .
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM have set a September 3 release date for their forthcoming "Best Of " album, titled "Bestbreeder (1997-2000)", to be released exclusively in Japan through Toy's Factory Records. As previously reported, the album will include an as-yet-undisclosed bonus track that was recently recorded at keyboardist Janne Warman's Beyond Abilities studio.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll", will receive its long-overdue U.S. release on September 23 through Century Media Records. The group, who recently parted ways with rhythm guitarist Alexander "Aku" Kuoppala, will team up with DIMMU BORGIR, NEVERMORE and HYPOCRISY for a North American tour in November.
Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Elements Part 2", due on October 27 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The album, which will once again feature artwork by Derek Riggs, will contain the following songs:
01. Alpha & Omega
02. I Walk To My Own Song
03. I'm Still Alive
04. Season Of Faith's Perfection
05. Awaken The Giant
06. Know The Difference
10. Ride Like The Wind (Japanese bonus)
"Elements Part 2" was produced by guitarist Timo Tolkki and mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios. All music and words for the album were written by Timo Tolkki, except for "Ride Like The Wind", which was penned by keyboardist Jens Johansson.
Sunday, July 27, 2003
On October 14, 2003, Cleopatra Records will release a live Switchblade Symphony CD called "Sweet Little Witches." It will contain the following tracks: 1. Witches
2. Doll House
6. Roller Coaster
7. Into the Sky
8. Invisible 9. Wicked
10. Wrecking Yard
11. Dirty Dog
VIDEO: Dirty Dog (live)
We are sorry but the planned USA tour has had to be cancelled as we could not get enough venues at the right price to be able to afford the costs. We are very sorry
I have completed the music for CHRONICLES. Initial feedback from immediate family and friends and collegues is that in their opinion it is quite possibly the best, certainly amongst the absolute best albums I have ever produced. It is a truly highly inspired project that I personally feel I totally excelled on. The themes within the album are so magical, emotional, dramatic, heartfelt, making every track a classic in its own right. Its a very polished production that blends a full orchestral section with Celtic instruments, but yet has a fresh dynamic modern edge to it too. Much of the performance is what I call "Hands on" recording, where you are hearing real instruments rather than too many keyboards and synthesizers. It flows over you so smoothly, and is immediately accessible, catchy, never over powering. Without doubt it is going to be extremely popular with many of you for years to come. An instant classic and favourite. It cant be labelled as another Clan, or Comet, or anything I have produced before as it is entirely unique and the first of its kind.
The cover artwork is almost finished and is superb !! For the first time ever the cover packaging presents to you a very generous booklet of the story that includes text, sketches, and artwork that depicts events in the drama and immerses you in the world of Meridia.
The DVD version is also well on the way, but has much work yet to be done.
The CD will be released quite soon around the AUGUST or Septemeber period
"Des paroles blanches"
Digisingle available from June by Arkadyss Creations - France
10 inches vinyl available during Summer 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 white 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 purification 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 leave 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.
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Review by Stéphane Vasilevic
Friday, July 25, 2003
On the eve of their 16-date tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE and 10-show run with ANTHRAX, LACUNA COIL flew in from Milan, Italy into Boston, Massachusetts to perform a never-before-attempted, world debut acoustic set of "Aeon" and "Heaven's A Lie" from their recent release, "Comalies", and "Senzafine" from 2001's "Unleashed Memories" on radio station WAAF FM.
To download the three songs and to view the video for "Senzafine" (sung completely in Italian), click
Thursday, July 24, 2003
U.K.-based cult doom rockers CATHEDRAL have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's follow-up to last year's "The VIIth Coming" is tentatively due in early 2004. CATHEDRAL were previously signed to Dream Catcher Records in Europe and Spitfire Records in the U.S.
Veteran German metallers RAGE have posted two songs from their upcoming "Soundchaser" CD in Real Audio format at the SPV Records web site. Check them out:
01. War Of Worlds
02. Great Old Ones
As previously reported, the follow-up to last year's "Unity" (view cover here) was recorded in April at VPS Studio in Hamm, Germany and was mixed and mastered by producer Charlie Bauerfeind at Mi Sueno studio (owned by Andi Deris of HELLOWEEN fame) in Tenerife, Spain.
The complete track listing for "Soundchaser" is as follows:
01. Orgy Of Destruction (Intro)
02. War Of Worlds
03. Great Old Ones
05. Defenders Of The Ancient Life
06. Secrets In A Weird World
07. Flesh And Blood
08. Human Metal
09. See You In Heaven Or Hell
Falling From Grace (Parts I & II: see below)
10. Wake The Nightmares (feat. HELLOWEEN's Andi Deris)
11. Death Is On Its Way
Look for RAGE to embark on an short "unplugged" tour in the fall. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon.
ANATHEMA have entered Parkgate Studios near Hastings, U.K. to begin recording the follow-up to 2001's "A Fine Day to Exit", tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Music For Nations Records.
"Things are going very well here," ANATHEMA guitarist Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh writes on the band's official web site. "For the fist time in a while we recorded live together. Drums, bass, guitars and even vocals on a few songs. The sounds we have got going are very powerful. We aim to keep things simple on this album, maximizing the tones that we have, feeling that its not necessary to stack lots of elements together to create a big sound. The songs themselves lend themselves to this simplified approach, being uncomplicated songs that get to the heart of the matter without having to go round the block to get there, if you see what I mean.
"It's fair to say you can expect a variety of songs and soundscapes on this one, from peaceful and ambient tones, to sonically massive great noises that we are barely able to control.
"There is a very cooperative and productive atmosphere between us, setting all our targets on a common goal of making a good album without ever compromising integrity, and without ever 'overdoing' it.
"The production side of things is being handled by us, with the engineer Dan Turner doing a great job of organizing and recording what we do. We seem to understand what needs to be done and how to do it, and to that effect I can only say that if all goes to plan then this will be a good album that we can be proud to put our names to."
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
check out pain of salvation official site
full of new exciting news! Acoustic album in the fall and new album next spring...
(news submitted by Bessi Egilsson).
here's the info :
"BE" - the album
The "BE" project will also be Pain of Salvation's next album. It will be a studio album and will be released spring 2004, which means that the fans who really wants to experience "BE" before that can come to any of the shows in August/September. It might be the only time "BE" is ever performed in original scale, and the POS event of a lifetime...
On the 12th of May this year, we did a very special and much appreciated unplugged show in Eskilstuna - with a lot of rearranged stuff; some old songs were really dressed to kill for the occation. This show was recorded for the radio, and for a coming album! The release is scheduled for the fall of 2003, which means that you won't have to wait for next year for the next POS release! And for those of you who think this is yet another unplugged album - think again; none of the songs was left untouched..."
Monday, July 21, 2003
Shaman have changed their name from SHAMAN to KORPIKLAANI ("Forest Clan") because they've changed their language and music style (a bit :)) and to avoid being confused with "the other Shaman" from Brazil, the band of ex-Angra vocalist Andre Matos.
Furthermore the band has signed a 4-album world wide record deal with Napalm Records and is preparing to unleash their first opus "Spirit Of The Forest" during the [European] autumn this year.
For more info (and some new mp3s) check out the official Korpiklaani homepage at www.korpiklaani.com
Saturday, July 19, 2003
Long-running Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL appear to have called it a day.
In an official statement posted to the forum of the Norwegian magazine Scream, the band state simply, "After 13 years and 7 albums we have decided to stop working with IMMORTAL due to personal reasons. A great thanks to all our fans worldwide who helped us making IMMORTAL superb through all this time. Abbath, Demonaz, Horgh."
It is presently unclear if the individual members of the group will form brand-new musical projects or if they will retire from the music scene altogether. More information is expected soon.
Thursday, July 17, 2003
Yesterday some penny dread fools had a private chat with Kevin Ridley (Skyclad's singer).
You'll find the whole 3 hours and a half chat (with a break for dinner) on the clad board :
Chat with Kevin Ridley
...from the Flogging Molly newsletter:
Greetings Flogging Molly Faithful and thanks to everyone in Europe who came
out o see us on our last tour abroad. For those of you in the northwest of
France, we hope to see you all this Friday July 18 at the Festival des Vieilles
Charrues in Carhaix Brittany. Look for Flogging Molly to return to Europe in November
and December for another full-length tour, as our previously released CD (US only)
"SWAGGER" comes out on Burning Heart Records (via SideOneDummy) around that
time in your part of the world.
For our fellow US comrades-in-arms, we offer the following Midwest smorgasbord
of shows listed below. We are glad to be back in Detroit on August 5 to make up
for the show we missed back in March and for those of you holding onto the old
tickets, we're working on that with the promoter and our agency. We'llll email you the
details and post them to our website as we get them. Also, we'll only be playing a few US shows here and there (if any) for the remainder of the year, as we take some
time to write, arrange and record a new album. Expect to see a new record and
subsequent US tours sometime in the spring of 2004.
As always, tour dates are subject to change so check www.floggingmolly.com or
www.pollstar.com for up-to-date show information and details.
See you all somewhere soon and thanks for listening!
Flogging Molly Summer 2003
Friday July 18 - Festival des Vieilles Charrues - Carhaix, Brittany, France
Wednesday July 30 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Thursday July 31 - "Thursday at the Square" - Buffalo, NY
Friday August 1 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
Saturday August 2 - Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH
Sunday August 3 - Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH
Tuesday August 5 - Clutch Cargos - Pontiac, MI
Wednesday August 6 - Knights of Columbus - Indianapolis, IN
Thursday August 7 - The Eagles Club II - Milwaukee, WI
Friday August 8 2003 - Irish Fair of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN
Saturday August 9 2003 - Irish Fair of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", has been pushed back to a September release through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. The documentary portion will have a projected total running time of 134 minutes and will contain footage from over 50 hours of raw NIGHTWISH video tapes. There will even be clips from the first NIGHTWISH concert EVER! It has also been confirmed that the documentary will have English subtitles
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. The group hope to complete the recordings by the end of March 2004 and issue the as-yet-untitled effort in June 2004.
Here's our extreme review of the moment :D
by Nebulae Architect
Gig review by Mighty Salamander
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Rhythm guitarist Alexander "Aku" Kuoppala has left CHILDREN OF BODOM following the band's appearance at last weekend's Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland. Alexander's departure was mutually agreed upon by all parties, and the remaining members wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors. No appearances are being cancelled or rescheduled as a result of Aku's departure. Click here to see a photo of Alexander and the rest of CHILDREN OF BODOM taken shortly after their Tuska performance.
CHILDREN OF BODOM will announce a replacement for Kuoppala prior to the group's next live appearance, which is scheduled to take place on August 16 in Moscow, Russia.
As previously reported, CHILDREN OF BODOM's latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll", will receive its long-overdue U.S. release on September 23 through Century Media Records. The group will team up with DIMMU BORGIR, NEVERMORE and HYPOCRISY for a North American tour in November
Mail received from Bessi Egilsson :
"taken from Rock am Ring , Germany off the new album Dance of death
the song : wildest dreams
Thanks bessi :)
Monday, July 14, 2003
An oldie reviewed by blue horses
Legendary Cuban musician Compay Segundo, one of the star's of Wim Wender's film "Buena Vista Social Club", died in Havana overnight, aged 95, his record company in Spain said.
Compay Segundo, whose real name was Francisco Repilado, suffered from a severe kidney infection and had to cancel a series of concerts scheduled for this summer in Europe.
Wenders released his documentary on the legendary Buena Vista Social Club musicians in 1999, recording their experiences as they performed in Cuba and abroad.
Sunday, July 13, 2003
The band is currently working on, and recording, new material. It is yet not known when and in what form it will be released.
The goth metal band has been elected "best norwegian band". A tour in Europe is rumored.
Source : www.Obskure.com
German melodic metallers EDGUY have completed the songwriting sessions for their new album, "Mysteria", and have entered the studio to begin recording the CD for an early 2004 release through AFM Records.
The follow-up to 2001's "Mandrake" will feature a musical direction that has been described by vocalist Tobias Sammet as "epic, heavy, [and] melodic," and will include a collaboration with the German film orchestra Babelsberg (SCORPIONS) on an as-yet-undisclosed track.
Saturday, July 12, 2003
Rob's in - Ripper's out.
Friday, July 11, 2003
MY DYING BRIDE have set up camp in the Academy Studios to record the follow-up to the 2001 release, "The Dreadful Hours". As yet, the album has no title, but as the band recently celebrated their 13th anniversary, the working title is "The Thirteenth Chapter". According to objective observers who have eavesdropped around the studio, the work is sounding "very dark and twisted."
Recording will be finished in August, the planned release date for now is October 20. A one-off UK show at the Astoria in London, on Halloween night, will celebrate the new release
Even german computer tech newsticker heise.de reports about Bruce Dickinson making it clear that he does not share METALLICA's attitude with respect to illegal music downloading.
"[...] "The album is not out yet, but please pull out our small digital recorders, MP3 players, cell phones or whatever you have. Put it on the Internet, spread it all over the world. But on one condition: When you hear the new album, if you like it, pay the equivalent of three beers to buy the record in the store. That is what keeps us alive. If you don't like the album, just forget it," Dickinson said, and the crowd went wild.
"We are not like METALLICA," he added. [...]"
source: heise.de / blabbermouth.net
edit matze: dickinson rocks! :D
Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Read it here!
Interview with the already famous irish folk metallers
Cruachan interview by Pedro Palmares
Interview with the french black folk metal band.
Check it here - interview by Pedro Palmares
Holland's THE GATHERING will be recording a couple of "semi-acoustic" Dutch dates in late August for an upcoming "best of" live album, due at the end of the year through the band's own Psychonaut Records.
The two "very exclusive" gigs will be held at the LUX movie theatre and venue in Nijmegen on August 21 and 22. "We will play a fine selection of six albums, from the classic debut, 'Always', via the hit record 'Mandylion' to the trip-rock of 'If_Then_Else'," the band said in a statement. "All molded in modern and intimate versions to soothe your ear."
Monday, July 7, 2003
Feuertanz Festival, June 21st 2003, Castle Abenberg
Review by Turismoclad
As stated by Justin in front of 5000 witnesses in Köln and London just before Christmas, work has started on a new New Model Army studio album. Recording will take place during 2003 in the gaps left by commitments to promote the solo album and we anticipate release late '03 or early '04.
I tried to avoid these guys for about 5 years. Always thought that the band called "Graveworm" could never work out anything interesting.
Glad I had a haircut, because the desire to rip my hair out overwhelms me. Turns out I've lost those 5 years!
Read the review.
Or just go and get it now - IT KILLS!
Sunday, July 6, 2003
Markus Marky, ex Coroner drummer seems to have released a new cd with his new project "SPOO", supreme psychedelic underground w. 9 tracks electronic punk.
Source : Coroner unofficial message board
An Evening with Faith and the Muse
and The Burning Season Release Party!
Saturday, July 12th - Acoustic Playhouse - Los Angeles
F&TM will be hosting a release party at the Acoustic Playhouse in Los Angeles. There will be giveaways and the album will be on sale at the venue. Hear the new album! Plus, an acoustic performance by Faith and the Muse featuring songs from the The Burning Season. Deejays Full Fathom Five and John Koviak will also be spinning, tickets only $6. 18+.
Edit Stephane : Ed... do something!!! :D
We are in final preparations for our Christmas album, which we will be recording in July, all very exciting. The album will be called Mistletoe & Wine, no sniggering at the back please and is dedicated to Cliff Richard, only joking!!! The name has Mediaeval origins and has nothing to do with Sir Cliff
We are very sad to say that our beloved friend and mentor Dorothy Carter died on Saturday 7th of June 2003 of a stoke. She was 68 and will be sorely missed on many levels as friend, songwriter, instrumentalist and out and out party girl.
Dorothy performed contemporary, folk, traditional and mediaeval music for many years with her large collection of instruments. For the past several years she toured Europe, Canada and the United States performing everything from classical concerts to avant garde theatre and Berlin cabaret.
Born in New York City in 1935, “Miss Dorothy” began studying classical piano at age 6; she studied at Bard College in New York, the London Royal Academy and Guildhall School of Music in France. She is survived by a son and daughter, Justin and Celeste Carter of New Orleans, and a grandson, Damien Carter. Along with her recording career with the Mediaeval Baebes, she recently released a CD, titled “Dorothy Carter, 2003” and has also produced two albums, “Troubadour” and “Waillee Waillee”.
Dorothy performed at concert halls, music festivals and coffee houses worldwide playing unusual stringed instruments such as dulcimer, zither, psaltery and Hurdy-Gurdy. She co-founded the Mediaeval Baebes eight years ago after meeting Katharine Blake in Germany on the Cabaret circuit.
Her album "Lonesome Dove" was recorded in 2000 and has been described as breathtakingly beautiful.
You can purchase it from the merchandise page of this website.
When I think about Dorothy and the impact she has had on my life and the lives of the people around her I become very frustrated because I cannot find the right words to describe the person she was. I am almost ashamed to try but I feel I owe it to her.
Dorothy was unique, truly and utterly unique and I cannot contain her personality in a few tame words. Neither can I comprehend the idea that someone so vital can no longer be here.
I do not mean this to be one of those gushing accounts of a person, who becomes almost saintly once they have passed from this world. Dorothy was not a saint, in fact sometimes she was very naughty and that’s what people loved about her. I was always so impressed that she could do things I suspected I would grow too sensible to do. She was growing old disgracefully and I was proud of her. I always used to boast, “she’s the wildest one of us all – she can drink us under the table”. I’m not sure this was really true but people wanted to believe it because she had a legendary quality.
She was a pretty radical individual who never stopped discovering new things and was always ready for adventure. But this didn’t make her one of those feisty characters, grabbing what life had to offer, in fact she had a modesty so deeply ingrained that she hated to take the praise she so rightly deserved.
Dorothy seemed to be devoted to her family and talked of them often, especially her grandson, and if I miss her terribly her family must miss her so much more. My thoughts are with them now.
Goodbye Dorothy. The world is a different place without you.
Marie Findley (Mediaeval Baebe)
Dorothy we love you very much and will never forget your spirit.
From all the Baebes
Yearning is working on their fourth full-length album entitled "Evershade" which will be recorded during the June 2003 at Astia studios Finland.
"Evershade" will be released during the autumn 2003, T.Kristian, Yearning's all-time drummer gave a date on the band's guestbook: it will be released 2.9.03. Song titles for the upcoming album (in no specific order) are: Nocturne, Statues amidst a frozen sand of time, Conditio Humana, Aureole, Evershade, Deathbearer, Contemplation, A Day when a World Started to Weep.
The album will contain epic atmospheric metal with massive arrangements, orchestrations mixed with metal elements.This time the album will also feature a session violin player.
Source : yearning's official site and guestbook.
Friday, July 4, 2003
" Temple of Dreams-Live!"
Recorded at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, these 12 incendiary tracks feature Uilleann piper Todd Denman, Egyptian percussionist Reda Darwish, Gari Hegedus on oud & violin, & our band from the 2000-2002 period. The excitement & energy from both the band & the audience is very palpable throughout the 1 hour plus of music & mayhem & represents the band sound Sharon & Winter envisioned on their first CD. There are exciting versions of Lamplight, Kashlimar, & Word of Honor; 2 songs from that night's Celtic set; the tail end of the bellydance performance by dancer Ishtara (backed by Reda Darwish on dumbek); & 5 new originals. Definitely a memorable night
Some news about "A Semblance of Normality":
- The band has just about finished recording the new album - just one or two vocal bits and percussion overdubs, etc. to do (3/4 days at the most).
- George used an acoustic violin again (and the results have been excellent).
- There have also been a couple of session players in to add bits that have worked really nicely (keys, whistles etc).
- Arron has played a 'Bodhran' (celtic traditional goat skin drum) on a couple of tracks.
Thursday, July 3, 2003
Blue horse has decided to elect White Willow as new band of the month.
check their bio here :
Band of the month : white willow