Monday, October 31, 2005

Dissection : two exclusive shows



Hereby Announced: Two Exclusive Shows Based on the Classic Albums!

Dissection will perform two Exclusive Headline concerts, for the last time performing a set solely based on the old songs! The first show will be an apocalyptic new years death party taking place on the 30th of December at Kolingsborg (The Shrine), Stockholm, Sweden (with special guests Behemoth) and the second one will be on the 28th of January headlining the Winternoize Festival in Osnabruck, Germany.

These shows will be the last ever based on the classic albums and the only shows before the next summer. Don't miss this!


Dec 30: Kolingsborg, Stockholm SWEDEN

Jan 28: Winternoize Festival Osnabruck, GERMANY


The number of tickets for the Stockholm concert is strictly limited to 700 copies so make your purchase now! Get it now! 18 years age limit, no membership needed.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Dimmu Borgir : Stormblast re-release



Official press release (
Nuclear Blast Records):

The updated, re-recorded version of Dimmu Borgir's 1996 album, Stormblast, will be released through Nuclear Blast America on February 7, 2006 with a limited collectors item. This edition will only be available in the North American pressing.

Stormblast was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) and Mayhem's Hellhammer on drums.

The new version of Stormblast adds two brand-new audio tracks: "Sorgens Kammer, Del II" and "Abmaktslave," plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed from last year's Ozzfest. The album will be released in a cool digipack design with a booklet containing a lot of old pictures of Dimmu Borgir. A LP version containing a bonus single with the two new bonus tracks will also be released.

Dimmu Borgir will shortly be filming a video for the track "Sorgens Kammer, Del II" with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company. The band are scheduled to begin writing material for their next studio album this fall for a tentative late 2006 release. The CD will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Kampfar : deal with Napalm Records



Kampfar are proud to announce the signing to Napalm Rec.They will re-release 3 previous albums as soon as possible.The new Kampfar release will be recorded in Nov-Dec, and released next year! More news to come!

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Kampfar - Mellon Skogkledde Aaser

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Gorefest : new video



THE VIDEO

Check out our new video!

"For The Masses"

Recommended player is the "Real Alternative" Player which can be downloaded here: "Real Alternative"

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Available soon : Gorefest - La Muerte

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Devourment : New song online



American Death metal combo Devourment posted a new song online. The song, Masturbating at the slab, will be on the forthcoming album, Butcher The Weak.

Butcher The Weak will be released by the end of this year.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Malevolent Creation : parts way with guitarist and bassist



Long-running Floridian death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have reportedly parted ways with guitarist Rob Barret and bassist Gordon Simms. Replacing them in the group's latest incarnation are returning members John Rubin (guitar) and Jason Blachowicz (bass, also in DIVINE EMPIRE).

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Malevolent Creation - Warkult

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Nasum members form new project



Nasum drummer Anders Jakobson has revealed that he and other former Nasum members Urban Skytt and Jon Lindqvist are starting a new project, which will ultimately include Jesper Liverod, another Nasum alumnus. Here's what Jakobson had to say about the development:

"It's all ex-Nasum members in this project, and yes, there will be a great amount of grinding done, but no - this is not Nasum part 2, this is just a couple of friends who happen to like playing together catching up and making some music at the same time.I'll tell you more when there is something more to tell, this weekend we'll just write some songs I guess and see what happens. A recording is planned sometime, but nothing more than that."

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Defleshed : New video online

Ok dudes...here it is! As MTV fully unexpected doesn't like to play it...the GRIND & REWIND video is online from today on. Enjoy your flesh right here...

GRIND & REWIND


Defleshed - Reclaim The Beat

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Spawn Of Possession : new deal with Neurotic Records

[SPAWN OF POSSESSION thanks UNIQUE LEADER RECORDS for given support]

After forfilling our contractual obligations to Unique Leader we have decided to search for a new label home, which we have found in Neurotic Records. Hereby we would like to thank all at Unique Leader for the help and support in the last couple of years. We wish them all the best in the future.

[SPAWN OF POSSESSION signs multiple album deal with NEUROTIC RECORDS]

Swedish technical death metal outfit SPAWN OF POSSESSION have signed a multiple album deal with NEUROTIC RECORDS. The band will utilize Pama Studios in Kristianopel Sweden once again together with highly acclaimed producer Magnus Sedenberg for an intense period somewhere between January and February 2006. The band is expected to tour right after the expected late winter/early spring release of this as of yet untitled masterpiece. SPAWN OF POSSESSION will not only re-visit familiar territories, but will also expand to newer, untouched ones in support for this album.

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Spawn Of Possession - Cabinet

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Suidakra : writing new material

Now to the future. The songwriting for the new album has started and is going well -- in fact, four new songs have been written so far. Unfortunately, Marcel will be having some surgery done on his shoulder at the end of the month, which means that the band will have to take a short break in rehearsing and writing new material. Fear not, however, as the new record is still planned for release in autumn 2006.

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Suidakra - Command to Charge

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PyroMusic.net release first free downloadable Aussie Metal Compilation

To coincide with out revamped, expanded and improved website, PyroMusic.net is proud to announce the release our very first free downloadable Aussie Metal Compilation. Featured on 'PyroMusic.net - Aussie Metal Compilation Volume 1' are a selection of Australian Metal bands whose styles range from Thrash, Black and Death to Doom, Prog and Power Metal.

01. 'Exordium / The Cold Taste Of Steel' - Scourge
02. 'As Dusk Covers Day' - In Malice's Wake
03. 'Spawn Of The Maelstrom' - Kill For Satan
04. 'Eclipse' - Kania
05. 'From Ashes' - Inane Eminence
06. 'The Dawn Of Defeat' - Transcending Mortality
07. 'Remote Viewing' - Alarum
08. 'Scars' - Elegeion
09. 'Erebus' - The Amenta
10. 'Spread Sickness Upon The World' - Dissension
11. 'Bleeding Eye' - Pathogen


The file is 118.9Mb, including 11 songs [MP3s] & print-ready artwork

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Gnostic : new album out in December

USA black metallers Gnostic will release their new album "Hatewar 666"in December. It will feature the entire all the tracks from the"Bloodwars of Heretic"CD-r, as well as some compilation- and previously unreleased songs. 14tracks in total. Cover artwork for the upcoming album can be seen here: www.infernusrex.com/gnostic.html



Lords of Chaos By Michael Moynihan

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

God Dethroned : European tour with The Haunted

It's never good to sit home too long, so we're going out on the road again.
We will support The Haunted and God Forbid on their upcoming European Tourturing tour, starting November 17th. The show in Mannheim (Germany - November 19th) will still happen as planned, but unfortunately we have to cancel the Anrochte (Germany) show because of this tour.

For more details have a look here!

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God Dethroned - The Lair of the White Worm

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Former Immortal frontman Abbath : new project

IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo) has reportedly joined forces with original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King in a brand-new project dubbed simply I. The group have finished writing two-thirds of the material for their upcoming full-length debut, which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Naevdal). The band, who expect to enter the studio before the end of 2005, are said to be contemplating making several festival appearances next year. More information will be made available soon.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

God Dethroned : Back home

Hailz to all the mighty worms who visited us during our US & Canadian trip the last 5 weeks! We had a great fuckin' time on the road and it was cool to meet some old friends and fans again and to meet loads of new ones! Unfortunately a few shows were cancelled. We don't know why, but for all of you who showed up for nothing, sorry, but it was totally beyond our control. Also many thanx to everyone who attended our shows at the European summer festivals. You guys fucking ruled! Right now we are already working on new material for another album. We are planning to enter the studio in January 2006 latest. We can't wait to go back out on the road again. See you guys soon! Cheers!

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LECHEROUS NOCTURNE : finishing debut album

LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, the Greenville, South Carolina-based extreme metal band featuring NILE guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade on drums, are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, "Adoration of the Blade", at SoundLab Studio in Columbia, SC. The band expect to complete the effort by the end of the month. Some of the 10 tracks set to appear on the album are "The Divine Wind", "Release in Flame", and "Coitus Per Anum". Audio samples will be made available shortly via the band's official web site, www.lecherousnocturne.com.

Upcoming
LECHEROUS NOCTURNE shows:
Oct. 26 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
Oct. 30 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Metal Devastation Fest


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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Enforsaken : Guest vocals by Dan Swano

We're happy to annouce that metal legend Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Pan Thy Monium) will be contributing back-up vocals on the new Enforsaken album, Sinner's Intuition. We're all very excited to be working with him, as all of us have been huge fans for years. We (finally!) start the recording sessions for the album next week in Wisconsin with Chris Djuricic @ Studio One. Album artwork is currenty being finished up by Travis Smith, and things are looking good. The new album is currently scheduled for a Jan/Feb 2006 release on Crash Music.

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Blood Red Throne : Lineup shift before European tour

Norway's Death Metal demons Blood Red Throne have had some changes within their ranks recently. New members Vald (vocals) and Anders (drums) will be joining current members Dod, Tchort and Erlend for their upcoming European tour with Mortician and Akercocke this coming November.

According to guitarist and founding member Dod, former vocalist Mr. Hustler could no longer continue with Blood Red Throne due his occupational commitments. Meanwhile, former drummer Espen "Beist" Antonsen was not available to perform and rehease with the band as often as other members would've liked so the band opted for someone within a closer vicinity to the rest of the members. Dod also said that he was excited about taking the new line-up out on the road, stating, "we're ready to kick ass live!"

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Callenish Circle : New album ready

Holland's most deadly Death/Thrash formation CALLENISH CIRCLE recently finished the recordings of their new (and meanwhile 5th) album. The new album is titled "[ Pitch.Black.Effects ]" and it was recorded at aRe U Recordings in Holland under supervision of producer Gail Liebling. The final mix was done at the well-known Antfarm Studio in Denmark with Tue Madsen (a.o. THE HAUNTED, ILLDISPOSED, MNEMIC). Mastering duties were handled again by Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound in Germany. Last but not least, the complete artwork was created by Danish art talent Mircea Gabriel Eftemie at Cadaverman Media.

Official statement from guitar player Ron on the new album:
"This time we decided to record, mix and master the album on different locations. We recorded the album over here in Holland with our long-time (live) sound-engineer Gail Liebling and the final mix was done in Denmark with Tue Madsen at his Antfarm Studio. Last but not least the mastering was done by Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound and this turned out to be a perfect combination. The sound is absolutely killer! Gail, who is also responsible for all digital / wacky sounds on 'My Passion // Your Pain', was also involved in the writing process now. Result is that the amount of digital sounds increased, also being more integrated in the music, which turned out great. I think we made a big step forward regarding production and song writing and we're very anxious to hear what the fans and press think of it.

"What we think... groovy as hell, catchy as Justin Timberlake and heavy as fuck!

"You'll be surprised, that's for sure!"

The European release for "[ Pitch.Black.Effects]" is scheduled for the 14th of November 2005 through Metal Blade Records.

A soundclip of the new album can be found here!

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Vehemence : has called his quits

8 years after it all started, we decided that now is the time to throw in the towel. It was fun, and we would like to thank all the people who have supported us along the way. Vehemence was and is a huge part of our lives, but at this point its time to start fresh. The death of Vehemence has since spawned 3 new bands from its ex members. Abigail Williams featuring Mark, Andy and Bjorn of Vehemence (www.myspace.com/abigailwilliams), He Who Binds Himself featuring Nathan(www.myspace.com/hewhobindshimself), and as John stated “I'm looking for members for a new band and I am also available for touring. Currently I'm also affiliated with several other side projects which I will release soon.”

We still have a batch of new shirts coming this year, as well as a new remixed version of our first self released disc entitled The Thoughts From Which I Hide, that will be available exclusively at www.vehemence.com. Vehemence may do shows every now and then, but will not be a full time band. Just keep checking our website as that will still be up and running.

Any comments for the band can be left at www.myspace.com/vehemence

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bolt Thrower : John Peel Day

Today is John Peel Day, in honour of the legendary DJ who did so much for underground music, including Bolt Thrower. To mark the occassion we have made available two tracks from the Bolt Thrower Peel Sessions for download, but for today only! the tracks will be removed at midnight tonight.

Download them here!!!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Death : Live DVD out in November

On November 11, Nuclear Blast Records will release a DEATH DVD entitled "Death: Live in Cottbus". It will have the same track listing as the "Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)" DVD and will also include all the press pictures from the "The Sound of Perseverance" era (1998) as well. Also, a new "deluxe" edition of the "The Sound of Perseverance" CD will contain "Live in Cottbus" as a bonus DVD. Both releases will be available through the Nuclear Blast online shop.

"Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)"
was recorded December 5, 1998 at the Whisky A-Go Go in Los Angeles and features the following track listing:
01.
Intro
02. The Philosopher
03.
Spirit Crusher
04.
Trapped In A Corner
05.
Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
06.
Crystal Mountain
07.
Flesh And The Power It Holds
08.
Zero Tolerance
09.
Zombie Ritual
10.
Suicide Machine
11.
Together As One
12.
Empty Words
13.
Symbolic
14.
Pull the Plug

The lineup for the recording was as follows:

Chuck Schuldiner – Guitar, Vocals
Richard Christy
- Drums
Scott Clendenin - Bass
Shannon Hamm
- Guitar

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cover
Death - Live In L.A.

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Falkenbach : new sound clip online

A three-minute audio clip of the re-recorded version of the FALKENBACH track "Heralder" has been posted online at NapalmRecords.com. The new version of the song (the original was a bonus track for the picture LP version of "...En Their Medh Riki Fara...") will appear on the group's forthcoming album, "Heralding the Fireblade", due on November 25 via Napalm Records.

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Marduk : Blood and Iron

15 years of Blood and Iron and its only just begun! To celebrate 15 year of Marduk there will be a special limited release unleashed during november. More news will be posted within a week.

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Dissection : classic albums to be reissued soon

Nuclear Blast's license-rights for "Storm of the Lights Bane" have now expired. Black Lodges dito for "The Somberlain" will expire in december. Both albums are now out of print until they will be re-issued by the label to which Dissection will sign for their next album.

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Vomitory : guitarist leaves

Swedish deathmetallers Vomitory posted this on their website :

We are very sorry to break the news that guitarist Ulf Dalegren has decided to leave Vomitory after fifteen years in the band. Life changes quite a lot during fifteen years and the priorities we need to make change as well along with it. We hate to see Ulf go, but we understand and respect his decision to 100%. We part our musical ways as the best of friends and continue as drinking companions just as usual. We wish him the best of luck with everything in the future!
Uffe - we salute you!

Read more here!

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Arch Enemy : European tour diary

Michael from Arch Enemy posted a tour diary at the band's offcial website :


Hello all Arch Enemy fans! Yes, we are on the road again...

The European tour has started off so well that we are all quite amazed about it! Firstly, the places we have played so far have been nice and packed - and full of METAL energy - which always makes it so much more fun to play! Our support act Trivium are tearing it up too - making us work harder, just the way it should be! Cool band and nice guys.

Also it's been working out really, really well with Fredrik Akesson on guitar - he's really nailing it - this guy a deadly guitarist! We are having a great time hanging out jamming and playing the shows... I'd like to thank all the fans at the shows so far for giving him so much support - you guys are really the best!

We started in Paris, which always very special and strong for us...a lot of people at that show and super cool reaction, we were a little nervous as it was the first show with Fredrik, but it turned out be just fine! A BIG thank you to Frederic + Laurent and all the members from the Dark
Enemy fanclub - you guys rule! Paris wins the "loudest singing along" prize so far!

...

Read more here

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Akercocke : touring with Mortician and Blood Red Throne

After crushing the U.K. in October with a brace of shows and the unleashing of the beast that is new album "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone", British Satanic metallers AKERCOCKE have announced they will be teaming up with MORTICIAN and BLOOD RED THRONE to lay waste to the continent that will formerly be known as Europe once blood has been spilled in November.


Commented
AKERCOCKE's Jason Mendonca: "We are very pleased to be hitting the road once more with our metal brothers MORTICIAN. Together shall lay waste to Northern Europe with a tirade of holocaust blasts and rancorous sonic violence. Beware, we are coming." Confirmed dates are as follows:

Nov. 04 - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL
Nov. 05 - Goudvishal - Arnhem, NETH

Nov. 06 - Lantaarn - Hellendoorn, NETH

Nov. 07 - TBA - Osnabruck, GER

Nov. 08 - TBA - Copenhagen, DEN

Nov. 09 - Skylten - Linkoping, SWE

Nov. 10 - Elmstreet - Oslo, NOR

Nov. 11 - Musikenhus - Gotenborg, SWE

Nov. 12 - K17 - Berlin, GER

Nov. 13 - TBA - Warsaw, POL

Nov. 15 - Fabrika - Bratislava, SK

Nov. 16 - Black Pez - Praha, CZR

Nov. 17 - Titanic City - Munchen, GER

Nov. 18 - Arena - Vienna, AUT

Nov. 19 - Transilvania Live - Bassano del Grappa, ITA

Nov. 20 - Alpheus - Roma, ITA


As previously reported,
Earache Records has set an October 10 European release date for "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone". The album will be released in two different formats — regular CD and limited edition version containing a bonus 30-minute DVD with exclusive footage of the making of the album as well as a very cool documentary on the band. A free limited-edition seven-inch will also be available to anyone who purchases "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" from an independent store in the U.K. The seven-inch is pressed on red vinyl and contains a demo version of the track "Eyes of the Dawn" as well as an unreleased track that won't be found anywhere else, called "The Fulcrum". This offer is for the first 1,000 customers only.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Amon Amarth : Metal Blade 10th anniversary show filmed for DVD

We just got home from an awesome weekend we spent partying at Metal Blade Europe's 10th anniversary. Saturday we were taken to a genuine german beergarten including lots and lots of beer, standing on the tables, arm wrestling and roller coasting! On Sunday at the actual party we had an excellent time where we did an exclusive set, including some stuff we haven't played live for a very long time! For instance, how about; "Sorrow throughout the nine worlds", "god, his son and holy whore", "thor arise", "...and soon the world will cease to be" and a cover of six feet under's "revenge of the zombie" - with backing vocals by none less then Brian Slagel, and of course Michael and co. from the metal blade Europe office! But don't worry if you were not able to see the show, it was all recorded and will be included in the DVD, together with the special Köln show, which will be released early next year!

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bolt Thrower : Those once loyal

2 new songs from Bolt Throwers's upcoming new album, Those Once Loyal, can be found here.

Bolt Thrower's 8th studio album is to be titled 'Those Once Loyal' and will be released on Metal Blade Records on the 11th November (Germany), 14th November (the rest Europe) and 15th November (US). .

The tracklist is as follows:

The Once Loyal

  1. At First Light
  2. Entrenched
  3. The Killchain
  4. Granite Wall
  5. Those Once Loyal
  6. Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)
  7. Last Stand of Humanity
  8. Salvo
  9. When Cannons Fade

The Limited Edition digipak version of the album will also feature the bonus track "A Symbol of Eight".

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Primer Black : former members of Mortician and Leviathan teaming up

Ron Kachnic (guitar; MALIGNANCY, MORTICIAN), Desmond Tolhurst (guitar; MALIGNANCY, MORTICIAN, HEAD TRAUMA) and Shane Tierney (vocals; LEVIATHAN), have joined forces with bassist Art Micewicz and drummer Jim Horan, both formerly of DIRTY BROWN EYE, to form PRIMER BLACK.

PRIMER BLACK's debut performance will take place on October 28 in Hartford, CT with the MISFITS and BALZAC.

A tour of the Northeast U.S. in support of their two-track single,
"Blood on the Headlights" (available on CD and seven-inch vinyl) will follow.

In between dates on this short local tour, PRIMER BLACK will be recording a full-length release to be released next spring, supported by a full U.S. and European tour. For more information, visit www.primerblack.com.

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Negura Bunget : lots of news

Lots of news on the Negura Bunget site :

Negura Bunget will continue as a duo :
As time grows, older things follow their path under the magic eye of our secret wisdom. Things shape and reshape and sometimes return to old paths, enriched with new powers and significations. Under these circumstances we see the time has come for our long time friend Sol Faur Spurcatu to untangle his path from our. We wish him all the best, and hope he can find within the answers for everything shaped for him. Although everything happened in a difficult moment, right in the middle of the work for the OM album, we’re confident we can continue our work, without any compromise to our musical and spiritual integrity. From now on Negură Bunget shall continue as a duo again.

Negura Bunget cancels UK and Ireland dates :
Unfortunately we had some problems getting the visas for UK, so we had to cancel the dates from Ireland and UK of our OM Tour. We are really sorry for this, and we'll do our best to get there as soon as possible! The rest of the tour WILL GO ON as planned! We are still looking to fill some of the open dates, so if anybody's interested, please get in contact with us ASAP!

Negura Bunget new album coming up in February 2006 :
The release date for the upcoming "OM" album is finally set for February 2006. We're sorry for this additional delay, but there's still a lot of work ahead. The album will be released in a original CD + DVD edition, in a special packaging again. More details about everything soon...

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Dawn Of Azazel : new album released by Ibex Moon Records in late October

666 hails!
Our Second album has finally been completed and will be named "Sedition".
We have 2 preview tracks online
"Swathed in Impurity" and "Master of the Strumpets" . You can also check out the album cover here.
We're also happy to announce that Sedition will be released in the US through Ibex Moon Records in late October. Its a great honour for us to be signed by the label run by one of the Godfathers of Death Metal, and were also happy to announce Our US deal includes a substantial US tour which we hope to undertake in the first half of 2006.
We will be shooting a video for The Road to Babalon next week, and we are now looking for a European label to sign with for the release of the album in the European territories. Interested labels can contact us at
dawnofazazel@hotmail.com
"Sedition" tracklisting

01.Spare None
02.Swathed in Impurity
03.The Road to Babalon
04.Descent into Eminence
05.Villany Endures
06.Sedition
07.Violence and Uncleanleness
08.Sin (Amoungst the Kings)
09.Master of the Strumpets

-Rigel
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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Zyklon : to record new album in November

Zyklon are scheduled to start recording their third album, tentatively titled “Disintegrate”, at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio, Norway, in November. The mixing will take place at Fredman Studios, Sweden, early next year. The album is set for worldwide release through Candlelight Records early spring 2006. Titles include: “Wrenched”, “Cold Grave”, “Disintegrate”, “In Hindsight”, “Skinned and Endangered”, “Vulture”, “Subversive Faith”, “Underdog”, and “Vile Ritual”.

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Emperor : interview about the reunion

Black metal legends EMPEROR reunited after four years to play a surprise three-song set for Norwegian metal magazine Scream's 15-year anniversary which took place at Oslo's Rockefeller Friday night (Sept. 30). Norwegian metal radio show "Tinitus" was at the venue to witness the historical moment. In exclusive interview conducted in English with the radio show producer Patrizia Mazzuoccolo prior to the gig, original members Ihshan and Samoth, alongside drummer Trym, discussed the reason behind the event. "We are not playing a full show tonight," Samoth explained. "This is a short teaser that we are using to announce full headline shows we are doing next year. This is a cooler way of announcing them instead of telling people through our web site." It was announced last night after the band's set that EMPEROR will headline the Inferno festival and Wacken Open Air next year.

The illustrious black metal band, whose split in 2001 took the scene by surprise, performed three tracks — "The Loss And Curse Of Reverence", "I Am The Black Wizards", "Inno A Satana" — and received a rapturous welcome by an ecstatic crowd. Announced as a "big surprise band," the whole arrangement was so secret that neither organizers of the magazine's anniversary party nor the band itself told their closest friends and associates until yesterday — amongst others, original EMPEROR drummer Faust, a member of SCUM alongside guitarist Samoth, was not present. "It's been a pain in the ass to keep it from friends actually," offers Samoth, "but we had to do it properly or not do it at all so we decided to keep it as secret as we could. Faust is doing a show in Notodden with BLOOD TSUNAMI tonight so he couldn't have made it anyway…"

With Samoth and Trym recording a third ZYKLON album in November and Ihshan releasing a solo album in March next year, what are the probabilities of a new EMPEROR release?

Hear the whole exclusive interview on "Tinitus" on Wednesday, October 5 on Norwegian national radio channel P3. "Tinitus" is on every Wednesday from 20:00 (8:00 p.m.) to 22:00 (10:00 p.m.) on P3. The show is also available on the Internet: www.nrk.no/tinitus.

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Amorphis : Final mix of the new album is ready

On Saturday 24 September Amorphis complited the final mix of the new album. The album was mixed at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki by Mikko Karmila (Am Universum). The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios, Helsinki by engineer Nino Laurenne and produced by the band and Marco Hietala (Nightwish) vocal production.

"It's athmospheric and heavy. Tomi Joutsen did a fantastic job on the vocals, he's doing clean vocals and growlig like never before. We all feel very strong about this album, we can't wait for people to hear it."
- Niclas

More updates on the new album will be published shorty.

The album will be released worldwide in February 2006 by Nuclear Blast

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Slayer : Kerry King interview with Metal Hammer

U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. Several excerpts from the chat follow:

Metal Hammer: Shouldn't you be releasing a record soon? It's been four years since "God Hates Us All".

Kerry King: "It seems like everybody under the sun says, 'We want a new record,' but at the same time, they keep saying, 'We'd really like you to come back on tour.' That shit bumps everything on the backburner. The funny this is Dave [Lombardo, drums] and me have had a 10-song demo we did up at his house that's been lying around since March 2004. I know Jeff [Hanneman, guitar] has written a couple , and I've written a couple more since then, so this week we're going to start the process of getting back together and nailing this thing. With luck, we'll start recording by September. I'm hoping to work with Dave Sardy, who was with us for 'Undisputed Attitude'. Lombardo wants Rick Rubin for drums, and I've no problems with that because, in my opinion, it's what he's best at. But I think we're all pretty much agreed that the overall producer will be Sardy."

Metal Hammer: Is Lombardo back for keeps now?

Kerry King: "As far as I know, Dave is back in the band. It was 12 years we were apart, and that's 12 years of growing up for everybody. Actually, I think we're probably a better band because of it. It seems to me like Dave's having a great time, and I know he gets up in front of some of those 30,000 crowds and thinks, 'Man, this rocks!' he's playing better than he's ever played."

Metal Hammer: It's every metal geek's dream. The original, class-of-1982 SLAYER lineup reunited.

Kerry King: "Exactly. Having Dave back in the band is one of the highlights of my whole time in SLAYER. There are kids that could've been into us for over 10 years that never got to see us the way we are meant to be. I just saw ANTHRAX at one of those Euro festivals with Joey [Belladonna] — and I liked John Bush to death, y'know, he was a great singer — but something just happens when Joey plays. As for [JUDAS] PRIEST, when Ripper joined, I didn't see 'em once."

Metal Hammer: Having been around for almost a quarter of a century, what do you think SLAYER did right that the other pioneers of the thrash movement did wrong?

Kerry King: "Well, we never took time off from the thrash movement like METALLICA did. We didn't get sidetracked by pop music like MEGADETH did. We didn't lose our frontman like ANTHRAX did. I probably felt competition with those bands at the time thrash was taking off, but we always knew that none of those bands were better than us. We just went out and kept doing our thing."

Metal Hammer: What do you think went wrong for METALLICA?

Kerry King: "One word: 'Load'. But also, whenever you think enough of yourself to play with an orchestra, that's when you're too big. People say to us, 'When are you guys going to do that?' And I'm like, 'Never.'"

Metal Hammer: You've had your fair share of run-ins with MEGADETH over the years.

Kerry King: "People say, 'What's your problem with [Dave] Mustaine?' To which I say, 'Well, he's a cocksucker, for one thing.' But my problem with MEGADETH is, I don't know who that band is anymore. It's like the METALLICA thing. Who's METALLICA? Is METALLICA the band that did 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning', or is METALLICA the band who got to the point where they felt they could put out 'Load' and 'Reload'? It's lie, 'Who are you?'"

Metal Hammer: How long can you keep this up? It's hard to imagine SLAYER not being around.

Kerry King: "It's hard to put a time scale on it. I do know I can't do this for another 25 years. We're more of a physical band than a band like [BLACK] SABBATH, who can keep coming back. Tony [Iommi] is a great guitar player, but if you put a time-lapse camera on him, he'd probably move 10 feet the whole show. We can't be like that. If we had to come and do a show when I was 60, I'd probably bust a vertebra."

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