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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
"Within a Mile of Home", Flogging Molly's highly anticipated full-length follow-up to 2002's "Drunken Lullabies", will hit the stores on September 14.
Flogging Molly continue to breed traditional Irish influences and heavy-hearted storytelling with brazen, barn-burning punk rock. At the same time, the ballads that have become welcome staples to their live show (giving the audience a break from the frenzy) are also stronger than ever. Look for a couple surprises this time around, such as a Cajun vibe on "Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon", and a guest appearance by Lucinda Williams on "Factory Girls".
Friday, August 27, 2004
Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have set "Ashes" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2005 through SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "World of Glass" was recorded at Toproom studios in Oslo with producer Børge Finstad and will feature artwork by Christian Ruud. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Gate", "The Cure", "Libre", "The Wretched", "Equilibrium" and "Shadowman". A comprehensive studio report and a description of the album by the band is available at this location.
In other news, TRISTANIA are currently preparing for their upcoming European tour with THERION and TRAIL OF TEARS. "It will be great to go out on the road again, and present you some of the new material," TRISTANIA write on their web site. "A couple of weeks ago, we did our first show after a long break from touring while we have worked on the new album — on the M'era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany (setlist). It was a good concert, and the audience also seemed to enjoy the 2 new songs we did. It was great for us to finally begin with the live part again. The upcoming tour will be quite long, I believe 30 shows in 31 days. We're looking forward to it!"
Source : blabbermouth.net
Official Press Release from www.theclandestined.com
The Clan Has Landed!
Once upon a sweltering week in early August 2004, whilst the pavements of Central London lay gently melting beneath the Martian heat-ray of global-warming; Six extremely moist, yet undaunted minstrels did gather within the steamy confines of a practically airtight rehearsal studio. And from out this broiling cauldron, filled with sound and fury, something truly magikal was born. Over four years of careful planning & preparation, all focussed towards this most singular & destined meeting.
It is with an enormous sense of pride that The Clan Destined is finally able to announce the line-up which we’ve assembled in order to spearhead our initial musical offensive. Pictured here from left to right; Lee Cassidy - guitar, Kara Sutra - vocals, Emily Dolan Davies - drums, Martin Walkyier - vocals, Tony Wildwood - guitar and Iscariah - bass guitar. This dedicated team of musicians is currently working very hard to complete the debut, self-financed TCD demo-recordings, which will eventually become the culmination of several years painstaking lyric-writing and musical composition. The Clan Destined has at this moment neither management or record-company backing - Preferring to rely entirely on the support of our many loyal fans and friends until an efficient and trustworthy (!) manager and label present themselves.
The Clan Destined is intended to be something completely fresh and unique from the very outset. In a world obsessed with faiths and colours, trends and genres; We each desire this TCD project to become a united collective which both transcends the current boundaries and sets a whole new bench-mark within the extreme music scene. In our considered opinions there is no real purpose whatsoever in trying to copy that which has already been done before. The current objective being to create something entirely new & ground-breaking at all costs. Exactly how long this takes to achieve will depend solely upon how much help we receive from you good people out there. We simply cannot do this without your involvement. So if you want to become part of something truly special, then the time has now come to climb aboard. I Am Because We Are!
Martin Walkyier on behalf of TCD www.theclandestined.com
Monday, August 23, 2004
Skyclad have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Magazine's "34.000 Ton Metal-Cruise", set to take place on September 24-25 on board of Silja Line's third generation car ferry "Silja Festival".
Complete line-up: Skyclad, Hypocrisy, Tankard, Amon Amarth, Wolf and Tad Morose.
For booking information contact Silja Line at tel. (Sweden-) 08 - 22 21 40 (productcode "Metal").
The current line-up of Martin Walkyier's new project The Clan Destinded is as follows:
Martin Walkyier - Vocals, etc
Kara Sultan - Vocals
Iscariah (ex-Immortal) - Bass
Emily - Drums
Lee Cassidy - Guitars
Tony - Guitars
TCD official forum: http://theclandestined.proboards20.com
TCD official homepage: http://www.theclandestined.com (to be launched soon)
Thursday, August 19, 2004
I've been a frequent Penny Dreadful visitor for some time now and have
recently set up an online outlet for my distribution company, Headquake Music. The
actual store is www.sonicempiremusic.com and I would like to know if you could
post a link to the store on your site since we stock many of the artists you
promote. Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you.
Chris Jamele -HEADQUAKE77@aol.com
Headquake Music / Sonic Empire Music
3440 El Camino Real #312
Santa Clara, CA 95051
edit BJ: they have a large skyclad cd section. check it!
SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE.
The gothic metal band, who released their sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence", in February through Austria's Napalm Records, are currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties can contact the group via their official web site.
SIRENIA's next live appearance will take place this Friday (August 20) at the Summer Breeze festival in Abtsgmünd, Germany.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Gernany's Letzte Instanz have written the first songs for the next album and will start rehearsing in September. More Instanz news should follow soon (maybe about a new singer?).
In related news, Benni and M. Stolz appear on three tracks of Angelzoom's debut album "Angelzoom". Other quests on the album include Apocalyptica, Inchtaboktables and Nik Page (see http://www.angelzoom.de for details).
Monday, August 16, 2004
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release the debut single from their new double album "Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus" on 6th September 2004. 'Nature Boy' will be available on CD and 7". It features the London Community Gospel Choir, and comes backed with 'She's Leaving You'.
"Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus" will be Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' thirteenth studio album and the follow up to 2003's "Nocturama". It was recorded by Nick Launay at Studio Ferber in Paris in Spring 2004 by The Bad Seeds line up of Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey, Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos, Warren Ellis and James Johnston. The new album is produced by Nick Launay and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and is being mixed at Astoria in London.
The tracklisting for "Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus" confirmed as follows:
1. Get Ready For Love
2. Cannibal's Hymn
3. Hiding All Away
4. Messiah Ward
5. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
6 . Nature Boy
7 . Abattoir Blues
8 . Let The Bells Ring
9 . Fable Of The Brown Ape
The Lyre Of Orpheus
1. The Lyre Of Orpheus
3. Babe, You Turn Me On
4. Easy Money
7. Carry Me
8. O Children
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Longtime AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen has officially left the band, according to a posting on the group's web site. Pasi's last live appearance with the band will take place at the Kontu Rock festival on August 21. "All touring plans will go ahead as scheduled and rumors of a replacement already exist," the posting reads. "We are waiting for a statement from Pasi in the near future."
As previously reported, AMORPHIS are scheduled to support TYPE O NEGATIVE on a U.S. tour beginning in early October. Confirmed dates so far include the following:
Oct. 07 – Toad's Place – New Haven, CT
Oct. 11 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Oct. 12 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Oct. 15 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 30 - Eagles Club/The Rave/Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
AMORPHIS' most recent CD, "Far From The Sun", will receive its long-overdue North/South American release on September 7 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be packaged as a special version with three bonus songs, including an acoustic version of the title track, "Far From The Sun".
Koskinen will release the third album from his "black/dark metal" project AJATTARA, entitled "Tyhjyys" ("Emptiness"), on November 11 through Spinefarm Records. Recordings for the CD took place at Savonlinna's Sundi Coop studio, where AJATTARA recorded their earlier releases, "Itse" (2001) and "Kuolema" (2003).
Friday, August 13, 2004
In May, Tull tours Eastern Europe and transverses Western Europe between July and August. Tull then hits the USA and Canada for November 2004 dates.
Tull will play at Cropredy Festival in August as well as visit Denmark's Faroe Islands. USA/Canadian dates are planned for November and December. A "Rubbing Elbows" date is set for August 20th in Edinburgh.
Here are the confirmed dates, with the exception of the July-August listings for Western Europe. Be sure to watch for related stories on the tour and new albums on the press clipping page.
Jethro Tull in Eastern Europe - Confirmed
18 Poznan Arena
19 Prague T-Mobile Arena
20 Brno Hala Vodova
21 Polna u Jihlavy Castle Garden
23 Bratislava Incheba Hall
24 Budapest SAP Hall
25 Zagreb Dom Sportova 2
26 Belgrade Sava Centar
28 Bucharest Sala Palatului
29 Sofia National Palace of Culture
30 Istanbul Harbiye Acikhava Tiyatrosu
Ian Anderson with Orchestra - Confirmed
JULY In Italy
8 Stresa Villa Palazzola
10 Salò Stadio
11 Cesena Rocca Malatestiana
13 Roma Centrale del Tennis, Foro Italico
14 Viareggio Cittadella del Carnevale
10 Athens, Greece Lycabetus Theatre
11 Triandria, Thessaloniki, Greece Earth Theatre
11 Paris, France Olympia
Jethro Tull in Western Europe - Confirmed
22 Siegen, Germany Schlossplatz
23 Eisenach, Germany Herzberg goes Wilhelmsthal
24 Winterbach, Germany Zeltspektakel
25 Karlsruhe, Germany Karlsruhe Festival
26 Luzern, Switzerland Blue Balls Festival
29 Atarfe, Spain El Lago: www.ticktacticket.com
30 Lorca, Spain Castillo de Lorca
1 Malta Open Air Square, Manoel Island
4 Graz, Austria Kasemattenbuhne Graz
5 Innsbruck, Austria Hafen Veranstaltungszentrum
6 Wiesen, Austria Wiesen Festival
7 Klam, Austria Burg Clam
8 Colmar, France Colmar Festival
11 Faroe Islands
Nordic House, Torshavn
13 Oxfordshire, UK Cropredy Festival
28 Cesme (Izmir), Turkey
30 Israel Caesarea Amphitheatre
Ian Anderson "Rubbing Elbows" Concerts
20 Edinburgh Celtic Roots Festival
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Jethro Tull in United States and Canada
These dates will feature an acoustical first half, and an electric second half.
1 Des Moines, IA Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
tickets on sale 8/6 10 A.M. CST
(515) 243-1888 or TicketMaster®.
3 Madison, WI
Overture Center for the Arts
tickets on sale 8/7 10 A.M. CST
(608) 255-4646 or TicketMaster®.
4 Milwaukee, WI
tickets on sale 8/6 10 A.M. CST
(414) 276-4545 or TicketMaster®.
5 Toldeo, OH Stranahan Theatre
6 London, Ontario John Labatt Centre
7 Erie, PA Warner Theater
8 Stamford, CT Palace Theater
10 Ottawa, Ontario National Arts Centre
11 Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
12 Quebec City, Quebec Grand Theatre
13 Orono, ME Maine Center for the Arts
14 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
16 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino Resort
17 Reading, PA Sovereign Performing Arts Center
18 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
19 Albany, NY Palace Theater
20 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center
21 Indiana, PA Fisher Auditorium - IUP Campus
"There are a lot of rumours that gorefest is coming back togheter.
This is not entirely true, it is true that they will jam togheter somewhere in a studio or so. But if there ever will be a new album or if they ever go on tour or do a show togheter again will not be sure for a long time."
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick has issued the following update on his recent activities:
"The project with [PEARL JAM bassist] Jeff [Ament], Mike and [drummer] Richard [Stuverud] sort of has a southern rock classic sound, a bit of the ROLLING STONES vibe, a little jam band vibe on some songs… Some groovy funky tunes, a few beautiful ballads… about 14 songs.. Jeff on bass, Richard on drums and me on guitar on half of it… then Mike showed up and we rocked out about 7 more with him on guitar also… 15 songs... Richard and I do all the vocals… I got to play a little slide guitar also... There is one song has a stones vibe with African drums made out of tree trunks… Jeff lives on the side of a mountain overlooking a valley, it was so peaceful there and the love was awesome... We have to do a final tweak before it gets mixed… We have no name yet or a release date... Hopefully with all the [PEARL JAM] fans online, it will help promote the KING'S X stuff and get a few folks to check out the KING'S X web site... Tentatively called MONTANA maybe... It's all good!
"Reb Beach (WINGER) and I were asked to make a CD of '80s-type music for a European label (Frontiers Records). So far we have 6 songs… They sound like BON JOVI, DOKKEN, WHITESNAKE, sort of. But with my twist for vocals... Reb wrote the songs and they are really good songs... We hope to get it finished after Reb comes back of tour with WHITESNAKE… Tentative title of the project? DEVIL'S CHILDREN.
"Jerry moved to New Jersey to be with his love... We miss him but we understand... And it wont change anything with KING'S X.
"Ty and I have hooked up with Randall amps to endorse their new product. MTS series... Free gear! Yeas!!!!
"My POUNDHOUND? Well, I am going to just call it ... working title… 'Emotional Animal'. I mixed it at my studio but I just purchased some new mixing software and a new compressor. So I am waiting for it to be sent to me (FedEx)… Then I should have it finished before we head out for the next tour.
"I am planning 2 videos, Hal Sparks committed to do one and I have a new video guy who wants to do another one for free!
"The live KING'S X is done! Working title? 'King's X
Live All Over The Place'. It's a double CD. No overdubs, so at times is really rough but has lots of vibe.. Most all live CDs are mostly overdubbed. That's why they sound so perfect… After I learned this, I didn't feel so bad about my performance on this live one... This CD shows our flaws and magic... Hopefully y'all will like it....I dug out about 200 live pics for the CD also… Many candid shots... So hopefully there will be a big booklet in the CD packaging...
"I am writing tunes (demos) for the next CD also to add to the 4 songs we have already, which are 'Allison', 'Fly', 'Open My Eyes' and 'If'… We are doing it like we used to in the early days, some old demos and lots of new stuff... Hopefully this is what you die-hards are waiting for.... [Producer] Michael Wagener has been awesome working with... The next tour.... We hope to do the 4 new songs on tour.... A sort of sneak peek...
"We are talking to Atlantic about re mastering and re releasing the first 4 CDs in a box set with an extra CD of a rehearsal… the first one before the last tour... It's funny and will be a treat for the fans we hope... This project is in just the talking phase right now..."
In related news, KING'S X guitarist Ty Tabor will release the new THE JELLY JAM album, entitled "2", on September 14 through InsideOut Music. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.
"The Jelly Jam 2" (view cover here) track listing:
01. Not Today (3:22)
02. Coming Round (3:37)
03. Empty (5:24)
04. Drop The Gun (3:04)
05. Allison (5:32)
06. Maybe (4:45)
07. She Was Alone (4:34)
08. Angel Or Devil (4:50)
09. You Don't Need Me Anymore (2:40)
10. Runaway (3:15)
11. War Is... (3:27)
12. Message (0:36)
Sunday, August 8, 2004
Bassist Joe Rolland has left Philadelphia's TAPPING THE VEIN due to personal reasons. "This was a very difficult decision for me to make," Joe said in a statement. "I would like to sincerely thank Nuclear Blast, World Entertainment, and all the fans and friends over the years for all your continued support. I hope TAPPING THE VEIN has extended success and wish them all the best in the future... Thanks again."
TAPPING THE VEIN's last CD, "The Damage", was released in April 2002 via Revolution Entertainment/Nuclear Blast Records.
Saturday, August 7, 2004
A bunch of photos from legendary NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band SATAN's one-off reunion show Friday (August 6) at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival have been posted online at this location (courtesy of Germany's Bright-Eyes.de).
SATAN's classic "Court In The Act" lineup (including BLITZKRIEG singer Brian Ross and SKYCLAD's Graeme English and Steve Ramsey) performed together at Wacken for the first time since 1984. A live recording from the group's early days, entitled "Live in the Act", is tentatively scheduled to be released later in the year.
In related news, BLIND FURY's only album, "Out of Reach" (1985), was re-released by Majestic Rock in early June. BLIND FURY was essentially SATAN with a different singer (Lou Taylor - vocals, Steve Ramsey - guitar, Russ Tippins - guitar, Graeme English - bass, Sean Taylor - drums).
source: PennyDreadful.de via Blabbermouth.net :D
Monday, August 2, 2004
PARADISE LOST have completed the recording process for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "Symbol of Life", with singer Nick Holmes scheduled to fly home to England from L.A. this week after finishing up the final vocals for the album.
The upcoming CD, which is being described by Holmes as "definitely the heaviest album we have done in the last ten years," was recorded primarily at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England under the guidance of producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY) and is the group's first to feature drummer Jeff Singer (ex-BLAZE).
As previously reported, Singer joined the group in May as the replacement for Lee Morris, who left the band in March due to "personal and musical differences." "Symbol Of Life", PARADISE LOST's ninth studio album, was produced by Fulber and was released in the U.S. through Koch Entertainment.
Working songtitles set to appear on PARADISE LOST's upcoming CD include:
01. Through The Silence
03. Sun Fading
04. Sanctimonious You
06. Forever After
07. Getting Over The Madness
08. Accept The Pain
09. Close Your Eyes
10. The Laws Of Cause
ANATHEMA are officially free agents as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group). The band are currently considering new offers. Any companies wishing to contact the band about their current situation can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As previously reported, ANATHEMA will be playing a special acoustic show at London's Mean Fiddler as special guests to BLACKFIELD, a new project featuring Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE and Aviv Geffen. The show will take place on September 10. Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster.
ANATHEMA are continuing to tour in support of their seventh studio album, "A Natural Disaster", which was released in the U.S. in February through KOCH Records/Music For Nations. The follow-up to 2001's "A Fine Day to Exit" was recorded and mixed at Parkgate Studios near Hastings, U.K. (except for two songs, which were mixed in Nottingham at Electric Mayhem) and was produced and engineered by Dan Turner. Cover artwork was handled by artist extraordinaire Travis Smith.