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. CATHEDRAL will be teaming up with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SAMAEL for a North American tour beginning in early September.
Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL have set "Hellvetia" as the title for their fourth full-length album, due on November 3 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Virtual Empire" is currently being mixed at Roxx studios in Pulheim, Germany with producer Stefan Kaufmann (ACCEPT, U.D.O.). "Everybody agrees that this will be the best CRYSTAL BALL album ever!" the band write on their official web site.
Finland's TAROT, the group led by NIGHTWISH/ex-SINERGY bassist Marco Hietala, have posted their video for the track "Pyre Of Gods". Download(file size: 45 MB).' "Pyre Of Gods" comes off the group's latest CD, "Suffer Our Pleasures", which debuted at No. 10 on the Finnish album chart upon its release in May. The band, whose last album, "For The Glory Of Nothing", came out in 1998, never officially broke up and have managed to play at least a couple of live gigs every year. TAROT feature Hietala on bass/vocals, his brother Zachary on guitar, Janne Tolsa on keyboards, and Pecu Cinnari on drums.
British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have finalized the track listing for their upcoming collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2". The album, due before the end of the year through the band's own Feto label, will include the following cuts: 1. CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER – "Lowlife" 2. OFFENDERS – "Face Down In The Dirt" 3. DEVASTATION – "Devastation" 4. ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT - "Dope Fiend" 5. AGNOSTIC FRONT - "Blind Justice" 6. WEHRMACHT - "Night Of Pain" 7. ANTI CIMEX - "Game Of The Assholes"/"Victims Of A Bomb Raid" 8. SEPULTURA - "Troops Of Doom" 9. INSANITY - "Fire Death Fate" 10. HIRAX - "Hate Fear + Power" 11. DAYGLO ABORTIONS - "Bedtime Story" 12. HELLHAMMER - "Messiah" 13. KREATOR - "Riot Of Violence" 14. DISCHARGE - "War's Not Fairytale" 15. SIEGE - "Conform" 16. MASSACRE - "Clangor Of War" 17. MASTER - "Master" 18. DIE KREUZEN - "I'm Tired"
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."
Ha-ha, Nuclear Blast couldn't do something. So, the last news - IMMORTAL SPLIT UP! "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" These guys give the hottest news this summer, heh.
IRON MAIDEN guitarist Dave Murray spoke to MTV.com about the band's decision to do away with extensive road treks following the completion of their current "Give Me Ed ... 'Til I'm Dead" tour. In the future, the band will still release albums, but MAIDEN plan to limit their touring to festivals and select stadiums. "Over the years, we've toured for nine months on every album, and if you add that up it's a lot of time," Murray said. "Maybe it's time to sit back a bit. We're still gonna go out and have fun, we're just not gonna kill ourselves."
"The new album is finally in stores!!! We've been received very encouraging reviews throughout Europe and the U.S. (hopefully the positive feedback will continue); at present we are evaluating tracks and getting ready to mix down the songs that we plan on releasing as additional bonus live material to an upcoming 12" vinyl picture disk single that will feature the "Earth Under Lucifer" and "Insurrection" from "Order Of The Illuminati" release. If you live in Germany be sure to pick up a copy of the new Rockhard Magazine (Manowar on the cover) that includes an inserted compilation CD featuring music from NEVERMORE and AGENT STEEL and others!"
First Pressing Of "Anthems Of Rebellion" To Include Bonus Material... The initial pressing of the European edition of ARCH ENEMY's forthcoming "Anthems Of Rebellion" CD will be available as a strictly limited 2-CD version. Aside from the regular album, you will get an audio-only DVD as a bonus disc, containing three live-songs recorded during the "Wages Of Sin" tour with Angela Gossow on vocals. In addition, the limited double-digi pack version will include three Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes of songs from the new album while the limited jewel-case will contain two Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes. Here is the track listing for the two different, limited-edition bonus discs: EU Bonus Disc 2-CD Digi pack: Live tracks: Lament Of A Mortal Soul Behind The Smile Diva Satanica Dolby Digital 5.1 Mixes: Exist To Exit Leader Of The Rats Dead Eyes See No Future
EU Bonus Disc 2-CD jewelcase: Live tracks: Lament Of A Mortal Soul Behind The Smile Diva Satanica Dolby Digital 5.1 Mixes: Leader Of The Rats Dead Eyes See No Future
Additionally, the album will be available on vinyl. The initial US version of the album will be in jewel case and feature the bonus disc with all 6 bonus tracks. In order to bring visuals of ARCH ENEMY to your living-room the band just shot a video for "We Will Rise" this past weekend. More details to follow in the next few days. ARCH ENEMY's "Anthems Of Rebellion" is due on Aug. 25 in Europe (and Aug 26 in the US) through Century Media Records. A Japanese release is expected on July 30 (it was originally scheduled for the July 23) through Toy's Factory Records. The Japanese edition features the same bonus material as above.
New releases from Bloodhead Production: (dates of releases - beginning of august) MC Mourning Palace "Beside The Sculptured Majesty" (Ukraine) - black metal MC Vinterriket "...und Die Nacht Schweren Schrittes" (Germany) - black/ ambient MC Vinterriket "Finsternis" (Germany) - black/ambient MC Goldprick/Brilliant Coldness "split" (Belarus/Ukraine) - grindcore against brutal death metal MC War Swallowed "Fantasy Flight" (Russia) - brutal death metal MC Abysma "Armageddon" (Ukraine) - black/ambient MC Witenagemot "Tomorrow Bequest" (Ukraine) - dark/ambient
Bloodhead Production contact: Vyacheslav Zhuravlew P.O.box 2074 Mariupol, Donetsk region 87539 Ukraine e-mail: email@example.com
The Finnish melodic death/black titans CHILDREN OF BODOM have just signed a deal with Century Media Records. After a fierce label bidding war Century Media emerged victorious and are extremely proud to have "the hate crew" as a part of their family. The eagerly anticipated new album appropriately titled, "Hate Crew Deathroll", is currently set for a September 23rd release. Over the past year Children of Bodom have been extremely busy promoting their new album (released on Spinefarm Records earlier this year) throughout Japan and Europe touring with labelmates SHADOWS FALL and SOILWORK. Century Media's main focus now is to concentrate their efforts in building a strong presence for the group throughout the U.S. starting with a nationwide tour in November with details to be announced soon.
Again news about 'broken' IMMORTAL. Right after Abbath and team announced they splitted up, IMMORTAL's label Nuclear Blast reported, that "The rumours about the split of Immortal aren't 100% correct. In fact, IMMORTAL will simply take a long break, as the musicians need to rest a while after 12 months of excessive touring. In the meantime, both Abbath and Horgh will concentrate on their own projects. To start with, the debut album of Grimfist will probably be released in September on Candlelight Records, with Horgh on drums."
Dutches released new album full of brutality - "Acts Of Rage". Tracklist: 1. Haunted 2. Acts Of Rage 3. Harlequin Of Perpetual Destiny 4. I'll Slice You Into Pieces 5. Suoived (Introspection) 6. Conjuration Of Destruction 7. Inanimate 8. 5 Min's In Decay 9. Excavation Of The Undead 10. Dragged Below
GAMMA RAY's epic new live album "Skeletons In The Closet" will be released by Metal-Is Records/Sanctuary on Monday, August 25. The final tracklisting for the band's first live release in seven years was voted for by the bands fans themselves on the internet and is as follows: CD 1
1. Welcome 2. Gardens Of The Sinner 3. Rich And Famous 4. All Of The Damned 5. No Return 6. Armageddon 7. Heavy Metal Universe 8. One With The World 9. Dan's Solo
1. Razorblade Sigh 2. Heart Of The Unicorn 3. Last Before The Storm 4. Victim Of Fate 5. Rising Star/Shine On 6. The Silence 7. Heaven Or Hell 8. Guardians Of Mankind 9. New World Order
DIMMU BORGIR presented cover picture of their upcoming album "Death Cult Armageddon". As we had written before, it will be released on September the 8th. Tracklist: 1. Allegiance 2. Blood Hunger Doctrine 3. For The World To Dictate Our Death 4. Vredesbyrd (Norwegian lyrics) 5. Cataclysm Children 6. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse 7. Unorthodox Manifesto 8. Eradication Instincts Defined 9. Allehelgens Dod I Helveds Rike (Norwegian lyrics) 10. Heavenly Perverse 11. Lepers Among Us
Finnish band IMPALED NAZARENE have finished recording of their 8th full-length album "All That You Fear". It was recorded at Astia studios, produced by Anssi Kippo and mixed with Mikko Karmila in Finnvox studios. Album includes 13 tracks. CD will be released in October on Osmose Productions.
Deathers from Florida are going to record new album, which will be named "Scars Of The Crucifix". They will enter the studio at the end of July, and release will appear at the end of this year on Earache Records.
These Sweden made third album "Art Of The Insane". It was recorded from January till March 2003 and will be released through Arctic Music Group. Tracklist: 01. Marionettes Of Death 02. Insomnia 03. Prophecies 04. Whitechapel's Murder 05. Art Of The Insane 06. Satanic Thrash Hell 07. A World Of Lies 08. Convicted 09. Below The Surface 10. Born In Sin 11. No More Dawn 12. Haunted Ground 13. Morbid Tales
Debut TARTHARIA material recorded and mixed at ASTIA Studio with Anssi Kippo as Sound Producer (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, To/Die/For) and mastered at Finnvox Studio with Mika Jussilla [April, 2003]. The debut is entitled "A Secret Device" and musically strikes the black/death line with tender keyboards.
Black metalers from Sweden released new album "Pieces Of Primal Expressionism", which was recorded and mixed in Dug Out Studio by Daniel Bergstrand and Orjan Ornkloo Tracklist: 1. The Sleeping Star 2. The Cradle Of Civilization 3. Perceptual Dissolution 4. Our Urn 5. The Dldman's Lament 6. The Worm 7. Fragments And Pieces 8. On The Verge Of Prime Divinity.
Album is avaluable worldwide through The End Records.
Baltimore, Maryland-based MISERY INDEX — featuring Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.) and Matt Byers (drums) — have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Retaliate", due on August 25 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album, which was recorded at Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION), will contain the following songs: 01. Retaliate 02. The Lies That Bind 03. The Great Depression 04. Angst Isst Die Seele Auf 05. Demand The Impossible 06. Order Upheld/Dissent Dissolved 07. Servants of Progress 08. The Unbridgeable Chasm 09. Bottom Feeders 10. History Is Rotten 11. Birth of Ignorance (bonus track)
LOCK UP, the grindcore band featuring NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, NAPALM DEATH guitarist Jesse Pintado, former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg, and DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker, will issue an as-yet-untitled live album later in the year through NAPALM DEATH's Feto Records. In addition to the live CD, which was recorded during the group's Japanese tour in June 2002, the band are planning on entering the studio soon to record a limited-edition EP featuring cover versions of songs by POSSESSED and DARK ANGEL, among others.
Competition from HELLOWEEN. Simply answer this question: What's the name of the first single of the current Helloween-chart breaker “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy”? From all correct submissions, we'll draw the winners. Deadline will be August 31, so be quick! Here’s what you may win: 1 ORIGINAL HELLOWEEN GUITAR 10 METALLICA "St. Anger" Ltd. Edition CD + DVD 1 IRON MAIDEN "Visions Of The Beast" Double-DVD 5 IRON MAIDEN "Edward The Great" CD To join the competition, just follow this link www.nuclearblast.de/events/helloween-competition/'