Friday November 30th 2001
POD will come to Europe for a
promotional tour again. In January the band will be playing in London, Stockholm, Hamburg,
Köln, München, Milan and Paris.
touring, Zao cancelled their
European tour. This is not the first time they're dropping this opportunity to meet their
European fans. The band will be touring with Kittie in the USA instead. The Blamed who were supposed to tour
with Zao through Europe next week, will probably pick up Norma Jean to join them on their
trip through England, Germany, Belgium and Holland.
The Juliana Theory have written
17 new songs for the upcoming album. The band will be heading into the studio in late
January. Expect the release in Summer 2002 through Epic Records.
November 23rd 2001
and Disciple will be playing two sets on the Christmas Rock Night in Germany. Originally it was planned that
Tourniquet (seventy minutes set) and Bride would be playing the main stage on Friday
night. Now the bands will also play the Alterna Stage on Saturday. Disciple was scheduled
to play only the main stage (seventy minutes set) on Saturday night. But now they will
play the Alterna Stage too, on Friday.
News from Kekal. Their album is out now in
Europe (through Fear Dark), USA (through Clenched Fist Records) and Indonesia and South
East Asia (through THT Productions). However, guitarist Leo has moved from Indonesia to
Australia to pursue his future life and thus he cannot join the band for a while. He
doesn't quit the band officially for now. And Jeff from Kekal got married on November 3rd.
The Bob Fest team announced the final list
of bands for their festival in Sweden in March 2002. New to the list are Selfmindead,
Sanctifica and Oblivion. The other bands scheduled to play are: Veni Domine, Extol,
Seventh Avenue, Immortal Souls, Soniferus, Umbrella.
Here's a Slick Shoes update from drummer Joe
Nixon: "First I would like to say sorry
about how long it's been since the last update. I was away recording AGAIN...Well Jeremiah
is no longer with Slick Shoes. We wish him the best of luck. About the new
album...sorry we had to re-record it, but it was too slow and the sound quality was not so
hot, so we had to. None of us were happy with it. But, now we have re-done it our
way with the help of our producer Neill King. I'm happy to say it sounds a lot better. We
will be shooting a video for the song Alone. Darren Doane will be producing it so it
should rock. That's about it for now..."
Stavesacre has signed a deal with
Nitro Records. Ever since the completion of their contract with Tooth & Nail Records the band
had been shopping around for a new label home. Nitro Records is the home to AFI, The
Vandals and T.S.O.L. They also have the back catalogue of the Offspring. Stavesacre hopes
to be in the studio recording a full album in the early part of 2002.
News reached us that
Larry Norman, the veteran of Christian rock 'n roll, suffered a heart attack in hospital.
Last Sunday he underwent an emergency bypass surgery. According to the doctors the
operation turned out great and that there were no complications. For those of you who
would like to send Larry a card or a letter, please send it to the
Solid Rock business address (3760 Market Street NE, PMB #306, Salem, OR
97301, USA) marked to Larry's attention and they'll get it to him.
Michael Sweet has been writing a
lot lately, doing something he wanted to do for a long time. He's working on classic
hymns, taking their lyrics and adding new music to them. He doesn't want to call the next
project a praise and worship album or a traditional hymn record because it won't be
either. It will not be a follow up to the Truth record yet it will be similar in certain
aspects, mainly melodies/vocals.
Sometime ago Michael
Sweet announced the recording of a Christmas single. However, he will not be releasing one
this year. He wants to release a new single next year and maybe even do a full Christmas
A few weeks ago you
could read in this column about the petition for the Stryper Life Time Achievement Award at the 2002 Dove
Awards. Stryper Gallery who's
organizing this petition got more than 130 signers in the first 24 hours. Due to the
amount of signers the database crashed twice. Therefore they reverted to a simple E-mail
submission system. So, help this initiative and sign the petition today!
Grace For The Fallen are
finally wrapping up their long awaited CD. The recording and layout are done. Release date
not yet known.
The Dutch doom metal
band Morphia is back in the studio.
They are recording their new album in the Harrow Studios from 19 through 23rd of November.
Title for this record is Frozen Dust and it will contain ten or eleven songs.
finished two songs in the studio. One of the songs will be on a new Solid State Records
compilation that will be out in the Spring.
November 16th 2001
Some weeks ago Art
For The Ears announced the artists for Brainwave
2002. There are some changes to the line-up. Here's the current list: NIV (US hardcore),
Dust (British rock), Frühstück (Polish emo rock, with former member of NLM), Ox (Polish
industrial), Sacred Life (Dutch pop punk), Sunday One (Dutch alternative rock),
Rollercoaster 23 (Dutch triphop), Fall Down Marigold (German emo pop). It will take place
in Evertshuis, Spoorstraat 15, Bodegraven, Holland on Saturday January 26th 2002. The
festival starts 15:00. Entrance 12,50 (pre-sale), 15,00 (at the door).
Disciple will be in studio in
March 2002 to record their fifth album.
Shiloh have just recently been signed to
Accidental Sirens Records. The band will be joining their roster with other artists such
as Spy Glass Bluë and Massivivid. The Shiloh record is now in the process of having new
tracks recorded and being re-mixed and mastered by Joe Sidote. Sidote has worked with such
bands as P.O.D. and Alien Ant Farm.
The album of
Gretchen is out now. The special edition of Mouth Full Of Nails contains a real nail in
the box. The album is released through the Swiss company Ugly Records, the same label of Space
In Your Face and Bad Little Duck.
Bushbaby will release their new
album in the United Kingdom on November 26th. Title for this CD is Space Corps.
The new Torman Maxt album is ready. The band
also has a new website.
Norma Jean, formerly
known as Luti Kriss, will be
entering the studio in March next year.
The Dutch pop punk
band Sacred Life
releases its first EP this month. Sacred Life is a three piece band from Hattem. Their
self titled debut will be presented to the public on Saturday November 24th in Rafidim, in
Hattem, Holland. Check concerts page for details.
Dureco has again postponed the release of the new Beam album. Band members were shocked and very disappointed when they
heard of the delay. According to the band's management, Full Dimensional Stereo is now
scheduled to be released in January. Beam's latest single S.T.E. will appear on the CD
Oorgasm 7. Besides S.T.E. the sampler contains songs of Starsailor, The White Stripes and
many other artists.
Urim has published four demo
songs. The rock band from Colombia is preparing for their first CD.
On December 27th, POD will make their first ever
appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. P.O.D. will also perform in New York
City for MTVs New Years Party.
Todd Pope released
four new songs on his MP3 page.
Titles: From Beyond Time II, Jealousy's Reign, The Death Of A Son, The Incident At
November 9th 2001
On the 26th
of November the album The Sand, The Barrier of The Spirit That Guides Us
and The Oslo Compact EP featuring Selfmindead and The Spirit That Guides Us will be released in the
Netherlands. The Spirit That Guides Us will do the Oslo Compact Tour in December.
However, they won't be touring with Selfmindead. This Swedish/Norwegian band had to cancel
due to financial setbacks. So, The Spirit That Guides Us will be on tour alone (through
Denmark, Germany and Holland). If you go to one of their shows, you'll see a new guitarist
(whose name is not made known), a guy who also plays in the US band Unwed Sailor.
Bride released their Live At
Cornerstone 2001 CD. This is a limited edition CD with songs only from the band's first
three records. You can hear classics like Until The End We Rock, Under The Influence and
Fool Me Once among others. The album contains fourteen tracks. Bride also released a
picture disc featuring over 1,000 photos of Bride from the last 17 years.
rockband The Crest have recorded
successfully its debut for Season Of Mist. The album was recorded at the Soundsuite Studio
in August. The album will be called Letters From Fire and will be out in February 2002
Tooth & Nail Records signed a
new punk band: Too
Bad Eugene. This band consists of two former members from Craig's Brother: Andy Snyder
(guitar) and Adam Nigh (vocals, bass). They are assisted by drummer Sammy Nigh. The band's
new album will be out in 2002.
drummer and original member Jeremy Abbott (AKA Jerry Attrick) had
a beautiful baby girl last month," reports The Deadlines. "In the wake of this life changing event he has
decided to quit the Deadlines in order to better support and care for his
family. We wish him the best in this next chapter of his life. We are proud to announce
that Travis Waldie is going to be the new drummer. You may have seen him during our
California Dreamin' tour in September. He fit in nicely with the band and earned his spot
behind the kit."
continuing work on the Celldweller
debut album. He recently finished mixing two songs with Ben Grosse in Los Angeles.
Grosse is known for his production and mixing of a long list of artists including Filter,
Sevendust and Fuel. Klayton is currently returning to Los Angeles to mix five
more songs. The album will soon be completed.
The Juliana Theory's new Music
From Another Room EP sold in its first week almost twice as many copies than Emotion Is
Dead did. The EP debuted on #23 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart.
Now you can vote
which ten bands you want to see on the Cornerstone Festival in 2002.
November 2nd 2001
Bad news comes from Purgation. The metal band from Ronnie
Griffin has called it quits. You can still visit their homepage and MP3 site.
You can help to get Stryper recognized with a Lifetime
Achievement Award at the 2002 Dove Awards. If you want to help, sign the petition at the Stryper Gallery.
Beam announced the official release
date of Beam's new album Full Dimensional Stereo. The new CD will be out on Friday,
November 16th. Beam's latest single S.T.E. has hit the Megatop 100 (Dutch pop chart) on
number 98 last week. After the single Know You it is their second entry in this chart.
Threshold is busy writing material for their
next studio album. Mac is currently finishing off his first song for the band entitled Do
Unto Them, Karl and Jon are busy co-writing a new epic with the working title of Stay
Lucky, and Richard is working on a new track called Falling Away. The band plans to record
the album at Thin Ice Studios in the new year for a summer release. As for how it will
sound, you'll just have to wait and see!
is working on new material for an as yet untitled album that ought to be recorded next
Luti Kriss changed their name
into Norma Jean.
New line-up change
for Jacobs Dream:
Vocalist David Taylor has left the band. Furthermore, the band is working on new material.
October 26th 2001
Mortification will record a new
album in February next year. This will be released along with a new full length video
entitled Mortification Conquers The World. This video will feature new video clips & a
full world tour documentation. It will be available on DVD and video. Expect release in
The new issue of the
Brazilian Metal Mission magazine is about
to come out. This ninth issue will contain interviews with: Mortification (cover), Belica
(formerly known as Völlig Heilig), Rob Rock, Theosophy, Deliver, No Longer Mortal,
Vaakevandring, Destra and Kekal. The magazine is in the Portuguese language and it has 64
pages of hard hitting metal!
The organization of
the annual Brainwave Festival
announced eight names of their next festival: Rollercoaster 23, NIV, Dust, Sacred Life,
Marigold Downfall, Ox, Frühstück, Silence The Foe. The festival will take place in the
Evertshuis, Bodegraven, Holland, on Saturday January 26th 2002.
The organization of
the Christmas Rock Night
announced the name of the band that will replace Living Sacrifice on this year's festival.
Living Sacrifice cancelled their tour and instead of them Project 86 will be playing on
the Saturday evening.
From March 8th
through March 10th 2002, the Bob Fest
will take place in Sweden. Bands booked already are: Veni Domine, Extol, Seventh Avenue,
Immortal Souls, Soniferus and Umbrella.
There's news from
the Dutch rockband Swirl. Soon they will
enter the studio to record their first single. The band can be booked nowadays through
The third Eternal Decision
album is about to be finished. The band hopes to release it by Christmas. Tentative title:
The Time Has Come.
Abel Gomez from the
Mexican metal band Lament announced
the expected release of their new album. Title is Breathless. The CD can be pre-ordered
for $12 U.S. per copy.
If you want to pre-order the CD, please contact Kevin Reynolds at email@example.com
Society's Finest has
a split CD out with Rise Over The Ruin. Record company that released this split is
The Dutch band Dr. Bigfoot is getting ready to do
some shows again. The line-up has changed with the arrival of new drummer Wouter Muller (Beyond Infiniteeh) and a second
vocalist Jan Anco. The band's also heading in a new musical direction. Expect hard
rapcore. Furthermore, Dr. Bigfoot works on a new demo CD. It will probably contain four
songs. Expect release later this year.
Rockband Beam reached the 12th position in the
Cybertop 50 in The Netherlands last week. If you want to support them, vote for their new
single S.T.E. via Cybertop 50.
October 19th 2001
From today through
Wednesday October 24th 2001 Art For The Ears will be hosting a message-board interview
with Vaakevandring, the
Norwegian black metal band. Feel free to ask the band questions and make them feel at home
at Art For The Ears! You can meet them here
After just one
month, POD's new album
Satellite has gone platinum! This means that more than a million copies have been sold so
far. To put this in perspective, it took The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown almost two
years to become certified platinum.
You can help get POD
on the cover of Alternative Press. This magazine has issued a challenge. Whatever bands
gets the most votes will be on the cover of the next Alternative Press. Go here to vote!
Here's news from
fellow San Diego residents Dogwood.
Dogwood can be congratulated. Some weeks ago you could read in this column that the band
participated in the San Diego Music Awards for the Best San Diego Punk Band contest and
you could vote for them. Well, Dogwood has won the Best Punk Band category! Thanks for
Sad news is that
longtime guitarist Sean O'Donell announced he was leaving the band. Sean is being replaced
by Daniel Montoya of the band Logos. There have been a number of rumors about the band
breaking up. Josh, Jason and Russell would like everybody to know that this is not true.
.rod Laver's debut
release on BEC Recordings, In A
Perfect World..., will be on the shelves of the music stores in less than a month! In
conjunction with the new release, .rod
Laver is also developing a new website
which will go online on November 6th (album release date). The band will also be live in
their chatroom on that day.
metalcore band South Diesel
has called it quits. After many changes of personnel they decided it was time to stop.
Arnon Mello, the band's drummer is thinking of future projects.
The thrash band Eternal Decision
is still working on its third effort. They hope to get the music done this weekend.
Minus SF from Finland is hoping to
release either a 7" or a split with another band. Longtime Records, a small punk rock
label from Finland is supposed to bring it out.
The Dutch pop punk
band Sacred Life will
release its debut EP soon. The record contains five tracks: My Job, Man's Purpose,
Sidewhiskers, Loser and 8051 Skatepark.
Bad news comes from
the German death metal band Sacrificium.
Their singer and second guitar player Claudio got involved in a motorcycle accident. He
broke his thump and hurt his butt hard. Sacrificium will be on tour with Extol and Revenge Of Insanity in
late November and early December. Christian Urff from Acoustic Torment will
fill in the guitar spot Claudio will leave open on this tour. Check current tour dates on
Burning Records has
recently added a new band to their roster: Crutch. This band plays brutal, technical
metal. You can download a track on the Burning Records MP3 page.
Burning Records will
release the new Tantrum Of The Muse CD on November 27th.
October 12th 2001
Shiloh has completed their new album King.
The band expects to have it available to the public in a few months. King contains
thirteen tracks, recorded at their own Forbidden Planet Studio.
Antithesis are working on
material for their third album. They hope to get into the studio in February next year.
The Cornerstone Festival will be
releasing their first Cornerstone Festival DVD. This Cornerstone 2001 Video Scrapbook DVD
will feature clips of performances, interviews with artists and fans, and more. The first
thousand who order their tickets for Cornerstone 2002 after November 15th will get a copy
of the DVD for free.
Some weeks ago you
could read in this column the news that Cliffy Huntington left The Huntingtons. Here are some words
from Mikey Huntington: "We've always been a hard band to keep up with. Since
deciding to add a second guitar to our line-up over 4 years ago, we've had a countless
number of member changes. But we never anticipated losing one of the two founding members
that stuck with the band through it all. Early in September, founding member announced
that he would no longer be playing with the band. It was shocking, sudden, and really made
the rest of the band think about the future. Cliff's decision was made so that he could
fulfil what he feels his life's work is to be playing in a full time touring band.
At first, it seemed as though that decision might hinder what the rest of the band
considers their life's work. But after the dust settled and thought was given, the
remaining members came to realize that that wasn't necessarily the case. Cliff's start is
a fresh one. A new band, a new sound, and plenty of old hills to climb. And
while the Huntingtons aren't exactly jumping back to step 1, we feel like this is a fresh
start for us too. With a new album ready to be released in just a few weeks, a
tour to support it, a new guitarist, and even a new drummer, the feeling is one of
excitement and new possibilities. The old songs are sounding fresh again. They're
fun to play, even though we've played them hundreds of times. There's just an
overall good feeling with the new line-up, one that makes the members of this band anxious
to see what the future holds. So who's in the band? Well, I will
continue to play bass and do the lead vocals. Jonny is excited to step up into the lead
guitar. Playing drums for the upcoming tour, and possibly full time in 2002, is Rick Wise.
Rick also plays drums for the Tantrum Of The Muse. Filling Cliff's large hat will
be Andy DiBiaso. Andy has been in a few bands in the
Delaware area and a fan of the Huntingtons since the early years. The future is anybody's
guess, but we're determined to be the Huntingtons. We got caught up in sort of a
Ramones wannabe phase for a while and it really hurt us creatively.
We still love the music of the Ramones but we're not looking to be a clone anymore.
It's our goal with this new album and line-up that people will see that we've
got a lot more to offer than a bunch of Blitzkrieg Bop re-writes. The guys who now
make up the Huntingtons are eager to start playing songs from the new album live and
creating new music as a band. The new voice of the Huntingtons has yet to be heard,
but with the positive vibe we're all feeling right now, it's likely to be louder than it's
ever been before."
Steel Prophet is hard at work on the
pre-production of their follow up to Book Of The Dead. The new album is tentatively titled
Prophecy Upon Us. Some of the songs are: Mirror Mirror, Life After Life, Rainwalker,
Blackest Of Hate, Magenta and Martyred. There is a huge variety of material to choose from
so far and the album might be the first ever melodic power metal disc to be recorded on
guitars tuned down a minor third to C#!
Calibretto 13 are in the studio.
They're recording their second full-length album. Tentative title: Tales From The
Dorkside. Expect a possible release-date in March 2002.
The Spirit That Guides Us
is planning a tour in November/December with Selfmindead. It's called
the Oslo Compact Tour. They will start off in Denmark, slide down to Germany, Holland and
Belgium. If you want one of these bands near you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
During the second
half of August Crimson Moonlight
have been in the studio recording new material. Four songs, including an instrumental
piece, have been recorded. Yet to be finished are the mixing and mastering processes. The
CD will be for promotion only. The new songs are promised to take Crimson Moonlight to new
yet undiscovered heights.
unofficial news from Jacobs
Dream. As you may know Billy Queen left the band a few months ago. His replacement is
Steve Vaughan. He worked with some of the band members when the band was called Iron
Angel. And there are more line-up changes. Derek Eddleblute has left the band. He is
replaced by former Jacobs Dream guitarists Jon Noble and Gary Holtzman. All differences
have been worked through and everyone is looking forward to writing and playing together
October 5th 2001
There are rumors
that Sanctifica is no more.
However, this is not true. In fact, there are quite some plans. First of all, a new album
is on it's way! The recording sessions are scheduled to begin October 12th. Producer will
be Carljohan Grimmark of Narnia and Saviour Machine). The album will bear nine new songs.
Furthermore, the old demotape from 1998 will be re-released this month, as a split CD
together with the band Pantokrator.
The Sanctifica tracks were remastered. The Pantokrator songs were produced by Hubertus
Liljegren (of Sanctifica) and the band. Their debut is called Songs Of Solomon. This album
should be out through C.L. Music & Publishing.
C.L. Music &
Publishing will also release an album and video in October or November. The album and
video will be called Power From The Sky - A New Wave Of Swedish Metal Strikes Again. This
album & video will feature Wisdom Call, Sanctifica, Laudamus, Sons Of Thunder,
Mercenary, Pantokrator & Heaven.
Fire Fly has now agreed distribution
for Beauty For Ashes for the following countries: Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France,
Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Spain, Portugal,
Greece. The band will announce release dates and details as they are confirmed. And they
are still working on deals for the rest of the world. Fire Fly is currently looking for a
sound engineer and a creative visual technician. If you are interested in applying for
either post, get in touch with the band. For blind
people the band are now offering Braille versions of their cover booklets and lyric
sheets. Interested persons can contact the band for this too.
is still working on their new album. The British metal band is exploring new ideas while
working differently than they have done on previous albums. They haven't given themselves
a deadline to work with as they did with Bleeding Heart though they anticipate a release
for early next year. When a track is ready, they will put in on their Vitaminic site as an
Tourniquet will be donating 25% of
all merchandise sales from now through the end of October to the American Red Cross
Disaster Relief Fund.
The new single
S.T.E. of the Dutch rock band Beam
is in the Cybertop 50 of Radio 3FM, the national pop station in The Netherlands. You can vote for them.
Last week you could
read about the Salvation Army benefit show that Joshua will be playing. The band will be performing with special
guests including Dokken, Jeff
Fenholt, Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt), Neil Grusky (Takara) and a few other
You can vote for punk band Dogwood as best punk band in San
Diego, California. The band appreciates it!
This month Tooth & Nail Records will
release Music From Another Room. This is a CD with new music from The Juliana Theory.
Tooth & Nail Records has many
new things coming up for the year 2002: The Blamed, Calibretto 13, Fine China, The Juliana
Theory (live album), Poor Old Lu, Slick Shoes, Squad Five-O, Songs From The Penalty Box
Volume 5, Tooth & Nail Box Set 2002, Tooth & Nail Video Volume 7.
Due to circumstances
the Slick Shoes record
(originally slated for a November release) is being postponed to March/April of 2002. The
band is heading up to Canada in October to track the album and mixing will follow.
The new issue of
Metal Action Magazine, 'The Unofficial Stryper Fanzine' will be out on October 31st. This
issue will contain Scott Dunbars diary of the 2nd Annual Stryper Expo, Cornerstone
Reviews, Michael Sweet live in concert at the Inside Out Soul Festival, Interviews, Fan
spotlights (featuring Rich Gardner), & much more. Copies are $3 each including
shipping. The first 25 orders receive a collectible Stryper pin! For more info email Scott
Clenchedfist Records has
signed two new bands: Thy Pain and Perpetual Flame. Thy Pain is made up of Rocky Gray of Soul Embraced (guitars/vocals) and
David Sroczynski of Inner War (drums). David and Rocky formed Soul Embraced together in
1997 and separated soon after recording and releasing one song entitled, Crucified that
appeared only on the Frozen Dawn Records compilation CD. Thy Pain begins recording October
5th so look for an mp3 shortly after.
hails from Portugal. Perpetual Flame started out by recording a self-released demo-CD
entitled Transparent. The band now plays melodic death metal with industrial/futuristic
Threshold are already planning to return to
Europe in Summer 2002 to promote their next studio album at some of the summer festivals.
Most of the band members have already started writing new material. As for how the next
album will sound, you'll just have to
wait and see.
Deliverance is planning on
going back into the studio very soon. Plans for the next effort are being tossed around,
but we have word that Jimmy is working hard on a 'new' concept record. His tentative title
is From Kether to Malkuth.
Platypus is no more.
Now Platypus has divided into two bands, The Jelly Jam and Jughead. Ty Tabor (of King's X) is the only Platypus
member in both bands. Members of The Jelly Jam are Ty Tabor (guitar/vocals), John Myung
(Dream Theater, bass), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger, drums). Look for their
upcoming new CD in stores November 2001. The Jelly Jam is a continuation of Platypus.
Ty Tabor and Derek Sherinian (formerly
of Platypus) decided to work together in another new band called Jughead. Members include
Ty and Derek (keyboards), Matt Bissonette (The Mustard Seeds, bass) and Gregg Bissonette
(drums). This new band is best described as a mix between Foo Fighters and The Beatles.
Jughead recorded it's first CD in early 2001. Look for it in stores around
Doug Pinnick of King's X has confirmed he plans to
record a piano oriented'' album with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam. Doug will also most likely
participate on another Supershine album, the date for this project is also not known at
internationally with Korn last year, POD will leave the U.S. again with a
series of headline dates. This will happen from January 5th through February 24th 2002.
Last week you could
read that Timon Schreiber is leaving the German powermetal band Lightmare. Here's his personal
explanation for this move: "it is no pleasure to tell you, that I have decided to
leave the band soon. At last I noticed, that it became too hard for me to make my job and
the band at one time. The decision was not easy for me and of course there'll be some kind
of hole in my life. But I had to put another order to my life, and I had to cut of some
things." Schreiber also points out that Lightmare will go on with another singer they
are still looking for. Interested persons can contact them via: email@example.com
The fans of Bride can read the never told story of
the band in the online book.
before seen photos of the band will be added and new chapters and photos from the past as
Here's news from the
Brazilian scene, gathered by Metal Mission
Mag editor Flávio de Souza and Rosemari de Melo Souza:
Shining Star have
released their debut CD Fatal Mistake. The band is a project of guitarist Fábio Rocha and
follow the Hard/Heavy vein, having influences from Yngwie Malmsteen and vocals a la Ronnie
Völlig Heilig changed their
name to Belica and re-released their Looking For The Light album with this new name. The
re-release also includes a bonus track and new cover art.
Amos re-released the album
Gothic Soul with three bonus tracks and new cover art.
Drummer and founder
of War Blade (stoner metal), Eduardo Vaz, has left the band. There are talks of
replacement by Rafael Sales (formerly of Dynasty). The group will be releasing their first
full-length album in November in which there will be a homage to reformer Martin Luther.
Soon the Dynasty EP Following The
Sign will be released in Argentina, having two bonus tracks, still unedited in Brazil. Now
there is a keyboard man in the band. His name is Saulo, formerly of Overtake.
metal/power metal) are preparing themselves to record an EP. The group have been playing
since 1998. They have a female vocalist, Katebe. The band used to play covers of Recon.
Trino are almost
finishing the recording of their first full-length album that will be called More Than New
Arcanjo and Soul
Factor will be releasing a split CD in November.
Lighthammer's CD will come out in
November. The album contains nine tracks.
their album Sea Of Doubt with two bonus tracks.
Metal Mission Mag
from Brazil is now a distributor for Brazilian CD's. If you a looking for bands like
Shining Star, The Joke, Amos,
Belica (formerly Völlig Heilig), Clemency, Skymetal, Soul Hunter, Antidemon, Full Effect, Destra, you can contact them via
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Metal
Mission Mag will also distribute the Seventh Avenue albums, Treasure Seeker and
Lightmare's The Fool. Those albums were re-released in Brazil.
Drummer Alê of Stauros burned himself while
he was working. He received an eletric discharge of 380 Volts. It caused burnings of third
degree in his right hand. The band had to cancel the beginning of the recordings of the
new CD until Alê will be completely recovered. He has been under treatment and out of
Carkemis have released
their first demo CD Morte E Nada Mais (which means: death and nothing else) with 19
Grindnoise tracks. They may release a split with Vomitorial Corpulence in the
The White Velvet
(gothic rock/metal), is the name of the project of Rodrigo SH, bassist and vocalist for Amos. He has recorded his
cassette demo in Japan.
Expect the ninth
edition of the Metal Mission Mag soon!