Friday May 31st 2002
The vocalist for Antithesis, Ty Cook, will be
leaving the band. On May 18th he did the last gig with Antithesis. Personal reasons and
health issues have led him to this departure. Guitarist Sean Perry will handle the lead
vocal duties from now on while the band seeks for another vocalist.
As you may know,
last year Rowe Productions
moved back from the USA to Australia. The person who handled all business in the USA so
diligently, was Kathy Zappin. She has now started Resonation Frequency which
is a new label focusing on metalcore, death metal and black metal. At this point the
Resonation Frequency website only offers some left over merchandise from Rowe Productions
that you can order.
Blissed is now selling a limited edition
EP. This is also an autographed and numbered CD that can be seen as a preview of Blissed.
Interesting is the fact that as a bonus with every CD purchased, names will be entered
into a contest to win a Blissed Recording Collection. This prize contains a variety of
items used in the recording of the Blissed CD.
Shiloh will release their new EP in the
next few weeks. Title is: The Generated EP.
Tooth & Nail Records have
signed The Halo Friendlies.
This all girl rock band will release their new CD Get Real on July 16th. The album was
produced by Kim Shattuck of The Muffs. The Halo Friendlies will be on tour all summer with
Warped Tour 2002 on the Ernie Ball stage. They will also do a short stint in Europe on a
MxPx will participate on the soundtrack of
the Scooby Doo movie that will be released on June 6th. MxPx does the theme song Scooby
Doo, Where Are You. Other artists on this soundtrack CD are Sugar Ray, Outkast, Shaggy,
Kylie Minogue and others.
The new album from The OC Supertones will be titled
Grace Flood. Brent Bourgeois and Charlie Peacock are producing it. Expect this album out
Beam is doing great in the Lowlands Top
25. They moved from #10 to #6. Thanks for voting for them. If you want to support them
some more, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Beam
and their album Full Dimensional Stereo.
Glenn Hughes will be
singing for a new project called The Alchemist. On June 18th the album Songs From The West
Side will be released. M & K Records
will be distributing it.
Fear Dark has added a new band to its
roster: Immortal Souls. The
band is now writing songs for the follow-up to the Under The Northern Sky CD. Expect this
album in early 2003.
Talking about new
signed bands, Solid State
Records has signed Beloved. This hardcore band will enter the studio this fall to
record their first album for Solid State Records which will be out in early 2003 as well!
Living Sacrifice has finished
recording their new album. Title for this effort is Conceived In Fire and it will be out
late Summer 2002. It will contain thirteen songs. Here are a few titles: Imminent War, The
Poisoning and Send Your Regrets.
After an absence of
almost seven years guitarist Jason de Ron has returned to the line-up of Paramæcium. Jason de Ron and Andrew
Tompkins formed a song writing partnership in the early nineties which led to the release
of the debut album Exhumed Of The Earth. Now Jason's back in the line-up, the band's
planning to complete the fourth album some time this year. A lot of the guitars for this
album are already recorded but they will be revising everything together in terms of song
structure and possible addition of Jason's material to fill out the existing songs.
More Australian news
comes from Rowe Productions.
They have released the Power, Pain & Passion CD, the Mortification compilation CD
covering ten years from 1990 to 2000. This album contains one song from all nine studio
albums, one from the three official live albums plus four bonus tracks recorded in an
acoustic live session on last year's World Tour. The Rowe Productions website now has an MP3 page where you can
check out this album.
also released the Conquer The World DVD from Mortification. This DVD covers the full 2001
World Tour including three new video clips and more.
Other new releases
on Rowe Productions are Victimized by Die Version and Welcome To The Kingdom Of Light by
You can hear new
MP3's from Point Of Recognition (Day Of Defeat) and the Dodgin' Bullets (Tomorrow The
World Will Change Forever) on the Facedown Records MP3.com
The complete line-up
for Extreme Mardi Gras
is here! And it's quite an interesting line-up. Mainstage: Barren Cross, Blissed,
Biogenesis, Neon Cross, Band Of Wild Angels (featuring members of Holy Soldier), Oil,
Junker Jorg, Jordan, Salt (featuring former members of Vengeance Rising) & Subject 7.
Side Stage: Recon, Crystavox, Subdux (formerly known as Titanic), Ultimatum, Disciples Of
God, Shop 11 Phoenix, Uplifted, Curbside Wilderness & Shuttlebus. The Extreme Mardis
Gras takes place in Anaheim, California, USA on August 17th.
The Belgian black
metal band Natan hopes to
go into the studio later this year to record their first CD. It will probably contain
seven songs but that's not sure yet.
Finally the French
nu metal band Space In Your Face
has published its first website. Go to the page for all information about the band,
upcoming shows and more.
Here's some news
gathered by Metal Mission magazine
Flávio de Souza about the Brazilian hard music scene:
Necromanicider is getting back together. From the original line-up only vocalist Evandro
and drummer Xavier are part of this reunion. Necromanicider recorded the CD Revelations Of
Third Millenium four years ago but this was never released. The band hopes to bring this
album out by the end of the year.
Melodic power metal
band Seven Angels was
invited to play as an opening act for Nightwish in Curitiba.
Extreme metal band Clemency has finished
recording their album. All bass, guitars and vocals were performed by Luis Carlos as
bassist Lúcio has left the band. The mixing and mastering should be ready within a few
weeks but there's not release date yet as they are still negotiating with labels.
Metal Mission magazine will release the
second volume of the Brazilian Collection. Here are the bands that will be on this
compilation: Kratos (traditional heavy metal), Mortify (brutal thrash death), Clamatorius
(black/doom), Zurisadai (black metal), Anameniem (eighties thrash metal),
Devastation (nineties thrash metal), Enigma (traditional heavy metal), Sebaoth (brutal
deathcore), Seven Angels (melodic power metal), Themplo (melodic power metal), Holy Throne
(symphonic black metal), Vulgata (progressive metal), Bless (hard rock/heavy metal) and
Destra (progressive metal). This compilation contains much unedited stuff, recorded
exclusively for this disc.
The black metal band
Clamatorius has just released their demo CD Consumatum Est. The CD contains five tracks
that fill more than 33 minutes.
Another black metal
band that released their CD is Zurisadai.
Finally Deliver has
released The Second Death album. This record contains ten songs performed both in
Portuguese as in English.
finished touring Mexico last month. Their album Demonicídio is sold out but their might
be a new printing soon. More than 3,000 copies have been sold through independent outlets.
upcoming CD is the Exodo project that is produced by Ricardo Parronchi, bassist of Destra. This record is a concept
album about the Exodus book theme and many Christian metal bands from the Brazilian scene
will participate in it, including Dynasty, Light Hammer, Destra, Belica and Dracma. The
album will be out later this year.
Talking about Destra, this band 's working on
their new full length CD called Joe's Rhapsody which will feature some guest appearances
including Andreas Kisser of Sepultura and the vocalist for the German band Everon, Oliver
Philips. There's no release date settled yet.
Belica has done pre-production
for their new album. Musically it will contain many seventies influences. The band also
made a new version of the song Völlig Heilig. New to the band's line-up is keyboard
player Karl Ellwein. The album will be recorded next month.
Also Shining Star
have recorded the pre-production for their new CD. The band's still in negotiations will
Battle Of Tears is
the title for the new album from Soul Hunter. Expect this melodic power metal piece out soon.
On July 20th there
will be a Metal Heroes Tribute festival at the Led Slay in São Paulo City. This festival
is an homage to Stryper. The
following bands will perform: Stauros, Eterna, Calvário, Belica, Tronos, Seven Angels,
Heavenly Kingdom, Amos, Dynasty, Skylord and other Brazilian metal acts. This event is
organized by Richard Navarro of Heavy
Kekal has finished recording their
songs for the upcoming split CD with Slechtvalk.
This record will be called Resist, Unite, Attack. Kekal contributes three songs plus a
cover of The Skull (originally from Trouble). Slechtvalk recorded three new tracks plus a
cover of Antestor's classic Kongsblod. Expect this release in June through Fear Dark.
finished their recording of the new album The War That Plagues The Lands. This record
should be out in August.
You can find a
review of the Fire Fly demo in
the review section of this website. Everybody who read it, knows I'm fairly positive of
the three new songs. Interestingly, you can download the songs from the Fire Fly page!
Further Seems Forever is
going back to the studio to record a new album. They will be assisted by producer James
Wisner. There's no title as of yet but the release date is expected to be in February
2003. Further Seems Forever also made a video for the song Snowbirds And Townies from
their debut CD The Moon Is Down. This video features an appearance of Crissie Verhagen of Element 101.
The new album from The Juliana Theory will be
called Love. Brett Detar: "We usually have long titles, but I really wanted something
that was short and powerful for this record. Love is obviously a powerful word. It evokes
imagery and plenty of ideas. Now I imagine that some of you are wondering if we have
become hippies since the last record, or if we have all gotten married or something. The
title really does not have a lot to do with the romantic relationship side of love. There
is just a broad sense of feeling that I have had lately and I think that it encompasses
most everything involved with this record. So don't worry, we haven't gone all sentimental
on you and recorded an album of soft rock, just the contrary. This is our heaviest rock
record to date. And I have been told that we are looking at a September release. The
sooner the better I say." Next week the album will be mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (known
for his work for Weezer & Marilyn Manson) in the South Beach Studios in Miami,
Florida, USA. At present, the effort is marked for a September 24th release while the band
plan to shoot a video for an as of yet undetermined first single in July.
Dogwood is going back in the studio
to record a new album. This album will be engineered by former guitarist Sean O'Donnell.
Ryan Greene (who worked with NOFX, Lagwagon and others) will do the mixing.
Blindside has launched their
new website in anticipation of their upcoming album Silence. If you sign up for their
mailing-list, you might get the chance to download the new track Caught A Glimpse for
free. The mailing-list will keep you up to date about everything that goes on with the
band. For example, expect a tour with POD in November.
Excision is going to
re-release their first two demo's on CD. The band started in mid 1996 as an experimental
band mixing death metal with various other influences. All demo tracks are re-mastered and
three were even re-mixed and digitally edited to make them up-to-date. And a rare track
has been added, taken from the Last Minutes Of Safety #1 compilation CD. This record will
be called Brutal Days and will be available by May 20th. Furthermore, the band is
currently in the recording process for their next album entitled Default. Their new
material is full of moody, dark rock.
You can download a
new MP3 from the Hanover Saints. This is the song Salutations from the upcoming album
Truth Rings Out. You can listen to it here.
If you use the link you'll get the MP3 page of their record company. Expect some other new
stuff (from Point Of Recognition and Dodgin' Bullets) there soon too!
alternative rock band Screen
wants to be invited to play on the Flevo
Festival. However, you can help them a bit by filling in the wish-list form of the
fest. Mention the band name Screen and their web address: www.screenpage.nl.
There's big news on Blindside. The band has been in
negotiations with several major labels over the last several months. Finally they have
signed a long term recording deal with Elektra Records. This company is known for acts
such as Metallica, Pantera & AC/DC. It's been said that this is a deal through the POD's new label but more details
will follow. Blindside has been busy recording music for their debut album for Elektra
Records for the past couple of months. Already seven songs are ready and title of the
album will be Silence. Expect the new record in stores on August 20th.
If you want to
support POD in the USA,
request the new video of Boom on Total Request Live (MTV). Blindside is in this video as
well. Last week the video entered the TRL countdown on #8.
Sacred Life will be
releasing a new EP by the end of the year. This release will be entitled The Evil And
Insane Asbest Man and will contain seven or eight songs. In October the band will go into
the Mailmen Studio (known for Slechtvalk & The Spirit That Guides Us).
Some time ago you
could read in this column about the move from BEC Recordings to Tooth & Nail Records by the O.C. Supertones. More bands are
following their example. Kutless, the Californian rap rock band will join the Tooth &
Nail Records and so is .rod Laver.
The debut album from Kutless will hit stores on July 16th.
There will be an
extreme music festival in London, United Kingdom, in August. From August 9-11th you can
see the following bands: Soapbox, Cephas, X, Last Hours Of Torment, xBrutal Fightx,
xSeventh Judgmentx, Bloodshed... For more information you can check out the website of the
festivals, Deliverance won't
be able to play on the Extreme
Mardi Gras. Reason for the cancellation of this concert are health problems in the
band. Manny Morales has taken ill and therefore the band has cancelled all shows.
Deliverance hopes that Manny will regain his strength soon so he will be able to take the
stage again in support of their upcoming album, This Sad Veil Of Tears. The album will be
out in September.
Calibretto 13 has a new album in
stores. This album is called Adventures In Tokyo.
Fábio, known for
the Metal Mission magazine in Brazil, is
also doing a metal radio show on a FM radio station. He's been doing this since 1997. His
show's every Saturday night from 8:00 till 9:30 PM (local time). Interestingly, his show
can be listened to on the internet now too! Tune in here on the appropriate
literary debut We Caught You Plotting Murder is now in its second pressing. This book is
only available through the Project 86
website. You can expect a collection of writings published independently.
Todd Pope has finished his solo
album called Unleashed. This record contains 15 songs and is available for download on his
MP3.com page. There are a
couple that are on the internet only.
Todd Pope's band Transfigural Form
is working hard on the new CD as well. There's no release date as of now. However, there's
one new track off of the upcoming CD that you may download from the Transfigural Form MP3.com page.
The song is called Refusal.
The Juliana Theory is working
hard on their new album. So far the guys have recorded 16 songs. The album should be
finished in the next three weeks. You can read all about the making of the album and see
some pictures from the studio in the studio diary.
Beam entered the Lowlands Top 25 of the
Dutch magazine Fret. They're on position #10. You can still vote for them by sending an
e-mail to email@example.com mentioning Beam and their album
Full Dimensional Stereo.
will be in the 3FM radio show Leidsekade Live on May 18th. This live recording will take
place in Paradiso, in Amsterdam. The show starts at 20:00. And, of course, you can listen
to 3FM in The Netherlands.
The latest two
additions to the line-up of the Extreme Mardi Gras are Blissed, Robert Sweet's new band, and Junker
Jorg. See concerts page for details.
April 26th 2002
Zao has finished recording their
fourth full length album for Solid
State Records. This record will be titled Parade Of Chaos and it will be out on July
16th. Look for a limited edition MP3 soon.
Sad news comes from Ghoti Hook. The band will tour the
United States for the last time ever. Yes, the band's breaking up. The tour starts on May
2nd in Buffalo, New York at The Backstreet Pub.
Element 101 just finished their 3rd
album for Tooth & Nail Records
which they announced this week will be called More Than Motion.
The Juliana Theory's song This
Is The End Of Your Life will be featured on the
MTV Road Rules soundtrack CD coming out in July on Roadrunner Records. Other
artists appearing are The Deftones, Incubus, Nickelback, The Hives, Hoobastank,
Thrice, Finch, Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day, New Found Glory, Thursday, Cave
In, BRMC and more.
Living Sacrifice has finished
writing their new record for Solid
State Records to follow up their last record The Hammering Process. According to the
band the new material will be a lot faster in some places with heavier vocals.
Also Norma Jean is recording an
album. The record will be titled Martyr And Kiss The Child. Their studio of choice is the
Zing studio where they will record with producer Adam Dutkiewicz. Expect this release on
August 13th. A limited edition split 7" with Me Without You will be released earlier.
There are changes in
the line-up for the Niets
Boven Groningen Festival. Last week it was reported that punk band Sacred Life was
added to the line-up. However, the band had to cancel due to other concert obligations.
There are two more bands that will play on the festival: Dr. Bigfoot & The Prednisons.
The Niets Boven Groninen festival will be held in Platform Theater, Groningen, Holland, on
May 24th. Entrance 5,00.
Truth Rings Out is
the title for the debut CD of the Hanover Saints. The album contains 13 punk rock tracks.
Falling Cycle are
recording their album The Conflict. This disc will hit stores on August 6th.
April 19th 2002
Dennis Cameron, formerly of
Angelica, is starting to record tracks for his next album. Last year it was made known he
was going to do an instrumental album. However, now he has hooked up with singer P.J.
Molla and drummer Phil Elliot.
There will be a
small metal festival in Switzerland in June. On June 29th two German bands and Detonation will be on stage in club
Gaswerk in Winterthur. The German bands are Cherubim and Ancient Prophecy. Doors open:
19:00. Entrance is 18 Swiss Franks.
Sacred Life, the Dutch
punk rock band, has been added to the line-up for the Niets Boven Groningen Festival. This
festival takes place on May 24th 2002.
The title song from
Building A Better Me by Dogwood,
has been added into rotation on MTV2. Do you receive that station, request the video!
April 12th 2002
Robert Sweet (of Stryper) has formed a new band along
with David Pearson and Trevor Barr (of Static). The band is called Blissed. Robert Sweet:
"I've got something new for everyone, my band Blissed. It's been quite a while since
I've felt this good about
a group effort musically, and this feels great. If you weren't into Stryper you'll like
and if you were into Stryper you'll like it all the more. I'm heavily into what is heavy
and this is! I can't wait to swing my sticks in front of you with this stuff. I'm real
excited, you might say I'm Blissed." The band will be wrapping up the recording of
their debut CD in May.
Poor Old Lu is still working on the
new album. Tentative title is The Waiting Room and it will probably be out by July.
Jacobs Dream is
completing their studio in Gary Holtzman's basement. They hope to start pre-production
soon. The band's still looking for a new singer.
POD's album Satellite has now
gone Gold in Ireland and Australia as well. The next single is Boom. The video for Boom
was shot in San Diego and MTV was there too to do a Making Of The Video. POD invited Blindside to be the starring role
opposite them in this video.
Furthermore, you can
find Marcos of POD with Ozzy Osbourne on the cover of the next issue of Guitar World. And
Sonny will share the cover of Teen People with Jay Z and Shakira.
The band Shiloh is looking for some full time
members. If you have professional gear and play either guitar, keyboards or drums you
might be interested in doing auditions. Musical influences of the band are: Getup Kids,
Jimmy Eat World, The Cars & Cheap Trick.
Soul Of The Savior is also
looking for a new member. They want a second guitarist. If you have any interest and live
within the Bay Area, California, USA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year you could
read in this column about the Dutch progressive rock/symphonic rock band After All
recording an album. However, as there's already a band called After All from Belgium, they
were thinking of a new name. Wizhion
is the new name. The band also has a new line-up and you can see them live at the Niets
Boven Groningen Festival on May 24th in the Platform Theater in Groningen, Holland.
There's no word about the album yet.
Selfmindead is currently writing new
material for their upcoming full length album. The songs are in the line of the Oslo
Compact split CD they did with The Spirit That Guides Us. The band will come to The Netherlands this
Mario, drummer for Sacrificium, got married last
Saturday (April 6th). Congratulations!
A band has been
added to the line up of the Extreme Mardi Gras festival. This is a one time performance of the
band that helped define Christian metal in the eighties. You can look forward to this
exclusive performance of former Enigma Records recording artists Barren Cross! All four
original members will be present for this show. Other bands that will play on the Extreme
Mardi Gras are: Deliverance, Neon Cross, Oil, Ultimatum, Jordan and Curbside Wilderness
with many more to come! The Show is in Anaheim, California, USA.
just finished recording two songs for the upcoming EP. The total length is 16 minutes. The
CD will be available to public in one to two months. Kzadad Dum is the one man band of
Winterstrings. Expect black metal.
The Brazilian metal
band Missão is preparing a
new record for July, probably an EP. Compared to their previous record the band sounds
April 5th 2002
Kekal has just finished recording new
songs for the split CD they're doing with Slechtvalk. The songs are The Only Sound Of Rain and A Stranger So
Close. This will be out through Fear
Dark in June. In other Kekal news, in the next months Leo will rejoin the band,
possibly as a permanent member. Leo also did some lead guitars on one of the new songs for
the split CD. Kekal has been invited to play on the Trouble tribute CD too. This tribute
will only be available on MP3. Kekal did The Skull and this song will appear on the split
CD with Slechtvalk as well. Furthermore, Kekal will be featured on the Baroeg Benefit
Compilation CD, a compilation CD to help Baroeg, a heavy metal club in Rotterdam, Holland.
The compilation is scheduled for release in May 2002 and will be largely distributed
around The Netherlands and perhaps other Benelux countries. Other bands on the compilation
are Immortal, Bolt Thrower, Vader, Marduk, Dying Fetus and others.
Jeff from Kekal will
join Doctor D as the second
member of this band. Doctor D is currently recording new material at Vision Studio, Jeff's
home studio. He also produces the album called D-Liverance.
The German death
metal band Sacrificium has booked
a studio for 15 days starting on May 25th. The band's still looking for a record deal.
They hope to have the new album out before they go on a two weeks tour this fall.
Icon Clan will appear on two
compilations! Both of them are in Poland, one in cassette format and the other on CD. Also
both of them will be distributed as free samplers. The cassette compilation will be
released by Celestial Records and it's a metal compilation. Icon Clan's song will be a
bonus track on the compilation. The CD compilation is a hardcore/punk compilation,
released by DIY Records and it will be distributed to the Polish anarchopunk scene. Icon
Clan will appear with the song Enemies Are Not The Closest Friends, taken from the debut
album Drive-in Religion.
The South African
hardcore band Neshamah will release
a new EP. In My Heart will be out through Angry Son Records in America by the end of this
On May 21st a
collection of nearly 20 tracks of MxPx's
finest material including two brand new songs (Running Away, My Mistake) along with a
re-recording of the classic Punk Rawk Show will hit stores everywhere. The new songs were
tracked by the band at their Clubhouse Studios in Bremerton and mixed by Tim Palmer (U2,
Pearl Jam) who also remixed 14 of the other songs. This release will be a cooperative
effort between the band and Tooth
& Nail Records. The CD layout includes a 32 page full color booklet with many
never before seen photos and a timeline history of the past 10 years of
the band put together by Mike Herrera.
Punk band The Cartwrights will be heading
out on their first US tour this summer (all of June and July). Before this tour the band
will release a new EP in May. They also made a music video for the song Endless Summer
which has been serviced to Much Music (in Canada), MTV2 and various small TV stations
across the USA.
Dead Poetic has switched record
labels. They're going from Tooth
& Nail Records to Solid
The Finnish groovy
metal band Anchor will release a new EP.
It will contain three songs. Release date not set.
Vaakevandring is looking for a new
guitarist. If you are interested to join this Norwegian black metal band, let them know!
is still working feverishly on their new album. Tentative release date is in May/June.
Test Of Faith is back in business.
The band are getting ready to record their first full length CD in May.
Ballydowse is currently recording a
new album. This record might be a bit more in the punk rock vein.
Zao is finishing recording their new
record with Barry Poynter in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. The album has no title yet but a
release date of July 16th has been set.
Threshold are back in the studio recording
the follow-up to Hypothetical. The new album will be called Critical Mass and builds on
the modern progressive metal sound of its predecessor. The track list so far is
Phenomenon, Choices, Falling Away, Do Unto Them, Round And Round, Echoes Of Life, New
Beginning, Avalon, Critical Mass (pt 1-3) and one further song. The album is due for
release in August.