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Sunday, October 31, 2004
NORTHER's Petri Lindroos has been named a permanent member of the Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM. Lindroos will handle the vocals and guitar in the group, who parted ways with singer/guitarist Jari Mäenpää earlier in the year.
ENSIFERUM's sophomore album, "Iron", was released last spring through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum" was recorded last summer at Sweet Silence studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, ARTILLERY).
DANZIG will be teaming up with DOYLE (featuring ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle) for two shows in December. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Dec. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Casino)
Dec. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre
Glenn Danzig and Doyle are expected to perform a special MISFITS set at the shows, which will mark their first joint appearance in 20 years. "It's the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion anyone is ever going to see!" Danzig had previously said.
In other news, DANZIG's latest album, "Circle of Snakes" has just been released in Europe on limited-edition 12-inch vinyl and picture disc via Evilive/Regain Records. Also, the DANZIG "Archive De La Morte" DVD has been released in Europe by Evilive/Regain and features a bonus live track of "Left Hand Black". View photos of the releases at this location.
Glenn Danzig will enter the studio in November to start recording his "Black Aria 2" project, the material for which has apparently been written for five years.
THIN LIZZY have lined up the following European dates during February:
Feb. 01 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Academy
Feb. 03 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester University
Feb. 05 - Sheffield, UK @ Octagon
Feb. 06 - Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy
Feb. 07 - Bristol, UK @ Carling Academy
Feb. 08 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Feb. 10 - Waterford, IRE @ Forum
Feb. 11 - Castlebar, IRE @ Royal Theatre
Feb. 12 - Killarney, IRE @ Gleaneagle Hotel
Feb. 13 - Cork, IRE @ Everyman Palace
Feb. 15 - Dublin, IRE @ Vicar Street
Feb. 17 - Belfast, IRE @ Waterfront
Feb. 18 - Galway, IRE @ Leisureland
Feb. 19 - Limerick, IRE @ University Concert Hall
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have issued the following statement in an effort to clear up possible misunderstandings with regards to their new studio album:
"'Return to Venice' will be released before the real new SUICIDAL TENDENCIES album. Because of [singer] Mike Muir's back status, the band decided to release the compilation first. Obviously this album will have different artwork than the 'new-cover-photo-idea', which has just been sent out to the guy who's gonna finalize the cover concept. Also, 'Return to Venice' will feature a compilation of bands attached to Suicidal Records and/or Venice and will contain no re-recordings of the classic 1985 'Welcome To Venice'."
Friday, October 29, 2004
CD Review: Skiltron - Gathering The Clans.
Great. Folk. Metal. :D
Finnish metallers SENTENCED will enter the studio next week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, THE 69 EYES) to record their as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due in April 2005 via Century Media Records. 14 songs have been composed for the effort, the recordings for which are expected to be completed by Christmas.
SENTENCED's last studio album, "The Cold White Light", was released in 2002. The group's frontman, Ville Laihiala, recently completed work on the sophomore album from his POISONBLACK side-project, tentatively due in erly 2005 through Century Media.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
After three years of hard work :D Rock Hard managed to get ACCEPT to reunite for a headliner gig at the ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2005! Other bands confirmed include Children Of Bodom, Overkill, Amon Amarth, The Haunted, Masterplan, Unleashed, Ensiferum and Heaven Shall Burn.
The Open Air is set to take place on 13.-15. may 2005 at the Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen.
For further information check the festival website http://www.rockhardfestival.de
According to BBC/Black Country, Justin Sullivan recently announced that New Model Army's '51st State' has been requested for a children's karaoke machine.
See here for details.
ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters has posted several audio clips backing up his claim that he is the fastest/tightest-picking guitarist in the world. Check out the clips at this location.
Commented Waters: "I was sitting here yesterday thinking of how I could stir up a bit of poop in the good ole USA; we don't get any coverage there, remember, and our 10th studio CD 'All For You' is due out today in the USA on The End Records. So i figured I would make up a silly statement like that (fastest/tightest picking guitarist in the world!), well-hidden in my answers to some fan questions, but knowing, very well, that my two favorite metal web sites would immediately seize that one short sentence and headline it! hehe! They did.
"Now thousands of USA metal kids are all talking about me; most not very nicely, but talking all the same! Funny thing how quick people immediately respond 'no he ain't' and they either haven't heard me before OR have only heard the 'All For You' clip OR have only heard 'Alice'/'Neverland'!
"And by the way, I couldn't care less about who can play fast... all you fans here know that this is the furthest thing from my mind. But I am the fastest, if you factor in tightest picking; they just don't know it so they react aggresively! Pretty interesting human nature. I think I will still run with that statement because it is getting us a lot of talk in the USA right now and, more importantly, I can also back it up!"
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Jaxtraw just sent in the following message:
The British Radio 1 DJ John Peel died today and, like many British music lovers, I am in shock and deeply saddened. I'm not qualified enough to write an obituary for this great man, so all I can do is express my sadness and condolences to his family.
John Peel was 65 when he died suddenly in Peru from a heart attack. He had become an institution, a hugely respected man for his tireless work promoting and nuturing talented young artists and bands and helping them to get heard through the wall of noise produced by the commercial mainstream. Just about every band you've heard of, from the 70s onwards did a "Peel Session" and many of these are classics.
Perhaps his most daring move was his decision to champion Punk back in the days when it was seen as a terrifying revolution, and this on his show on the conservative BBC. He supported reggae before that was commercial, and ska, and all manner of alternative and sometimes downright weird minority music.
He created a platform for music to get heard that never would otherwise.
John Peel's contribution to music was immeasurable, and the world is today a poorer place.
Monday, October 25, 2004
With 7 new tracks.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Here's the kalinkaland records's heavenly/gothic/dark folk compilation
Read my review here!
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Veteran Dutch metallers GOREFEST have reunited and are currently writing material for a new album. "They have rehearsed a few times now the first day they played a few old songs but the second day they already started to write new songs!" reads a posting on the group's official web site, Gorefest.nl. "Three songs are already recorded and the guys are listening to them at home and playing around with them. [Bassist/vocalist Jan-Chris de Koeijer] said that at least one of the new songs is faster than everything they ever did. He assures us that the next record will be a hard and dark album, and he means very hard! When we will see this new album.... well, no hurries. In October they are going into the studio again to record some more but they don't follow deadlines anymore. They do it when they want to and don't want to feel that pressure anymore."
GOREFEST released several CDs through the Nuclear Blast label in the early 1990s before switching to SPV for their last album, 1998's "Chapter 13".
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
The second release from Elane is reviewed on penny first, of course!
Review can be read here!
Sunday, October 17, 2004
After much absence, the Ed returns with a review:
Live Review: The Blood-Junkies
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Review can be read here :
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
FLYERING FOR TICKETS
Two free tickets are available for flyering in your area in record shops, bars cafes, etc for the winter acoustic tour. If you live in one of the areas the band are playing on the tour and fancy it then email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Touring to some of the most beautiful theatres in the country this autumn with support from Dan Donnelly. Barnstaple has almost sold out already. Be the first to hear new songs – the band will be recording in the studio during October.
Tues 23 Nov Queens Theatre, Burslem, Stoke on Trent 08700 600 100 / www.seetickets.com
Wed 24 Nov Oakengates Theatre, Telford 01952 619020 / www.oakengates.ws
Thurs 25 Nov Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe 01394 282126 / www.getlive.co.uk
Fri 26 Nov Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 0870 6077 533 / www.getlive.co.uk
Sun 28 Nov Lighthouse Poole 01202 685222 / www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Mon 29 Nov Grand Opera House, York 0870 606 3595 / www.getlive.co.uk
Tues 30 Nov White Rock Theatre, Hastings 0870 169 0108 / www.getlive.co.uk
Wed 1 Dec Queens Theatre Barnstaple 01271 324242 / www.northdevontheatres.org.uk
Thurs 2 Dec Assembly Halls, Edinburgh 0131 2281155 www.usherhall.co.uk / www.seetickets.com
Fri 3 Dec Tameside Hippodrome, Aston-Under-Lyme (nr Manchester) 0161 308 3223 / www.getlive.co.uk
On New Years Eve the band will play at the Highland Gathering (See www.highland-gathering.com for further details and updates on the line-up) followed by a handful of special intimate club dates early in 2005.
ON THE FIDDLE
If you join On The Fiddle, the Levellers fan club, you will receive a DVD with 4 videos from past Levellers singles, Levellers footage from the last year, Beautiful Days 2003 footage and more. Magazine #22, which will include lots of Beautiful Days Festival 2004 Pictures, questions from you lot answered by the band, and a cartoon drawn by Jeremy Leveller.
The magazine & DVD will be sent out in November.
You will also receive a membership card, a biography, (also a CD Rom featuring 5 acoustic tracks if you join in October) and approximately 15% discount on Levellers merchandise.
Best of all you will be the first to be offered tickets for Beautiful Days 2005 and you will get a members discount.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Don't forget to keep checking the brand new section of our merchandise for new items.
You can now order last years OTF freebie 'Waking The world' on DVD!
The Metway Recording Studios is the home of the Levellers. We are equipped to a high professional standard and our engineers have worked with top bands, including the Levellers (who have recorded a number one and two gold albums here) Asian Dub Foundation, Joe Strummer, The Electric Soft Parade, Clearlake, Gary Moore and Orbital to name but a few.
Go onto our website for further details.
VISIT www.metwaystudios.co.uk for more details or contact email@example.com
LEVELLERS, P.O Box 2600, Brighton, BN2 0DX
PHONE 01273 608887 or Fax 01273 624884
source: Levellers Newsletter
Just surfed over to MTV.com to look for the new Megadeth video... well, in the download section I've noticed something very interesting: Flogging Molly's The Seven Deadly Sins is on the first place of the Rock Downloads list. No idea if that's a ranking or if they are the latest addition, anyway it's great to see a brilliant band like FM at MTV's website. :)
Btw, check http://www.floggingmolly.com for several clips from the new album "Within a Mile of Home" and the latest tour dates (they're touring the US right now, Europe in Noveber).
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have set "Character" as the title of their new full-length album, due on January 24 in Europe and January 25 in North America. An EP, entitled "Lost To Apathy", will precede the album on November 15. Both releases will surface through Century Media Records, who recently signed the band to a brand-new three-album deal.
Commented Leif Jensen of Century Media's European A&R department: "DARK TRANQUILLITY are the originators and innovators of the melodic death metal style and a total favourite band for Century Media's staff, so we are all extremely proud about the professional and very successful co-operation we managed to have with the band so far! And this is only the beginning because the band has signed a new worldwide contract with Century Media and we are looking forward to break new ground for them with their outstanding next album 'Character'. This one won't leave you unimpressed...watch out!"
The band added: "We are exceptionally satisfied to announce that we've chosen to continue our cooperation with Century Media for another three albums. After lengthy negotiations with several prolific labels, the dotted line was finally signed and we have full confidence that we've made the right choice and that there are some excellent years ahead — both for us and for Century Media. As some of you know, the new CD is already recorded and mixed, and the response for the live previews of the song 'One Thought' has been truly great throughout the summer festivals, so we're eagerly anticipating the release of the album."
DARK TRANQUILLITY will be supporting thrash metal icons KREATOR all over Europe on the lengthy "Enemy Of God" tour beginning on February 2. Two additional support acts will be announced soon. Prior to the KREATOR tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY will play a special Metal Hammer-sponsored U.K. one-off gig with labelmates ARCH ENEMY and THE HAUNTED on December 17 at the Forum in London.
source : blabbermouth.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are currently working on a new project called "Return to Venice", according to a posting on the group's web site. No further information is currently available.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' last full-length album, "Free Your Soul . . . And Save My Mind", was released in 2000.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Elane's new album will be released on the 5th november on kalinkaland records.