Friday May 30th 2003
Live 10.31.01, the
live album from The Juliana
Theory will finally be coming out in August. This CD was recorded at Club Laga in
Pittsburgh in October 2001. The songs come from the band's first two albums.
The French nu metal
band Space In Your Face has
a new singer. His name is Francis T.
Swirl is participating in the Heineken
Award contest. This is a talent search in the Dutch province Gelderland. Tomorrow, on May
31st they will play in the finals in De Kei, Ede, Holland. The five best bands (besides
Swirl you can see Typhoon, FBI, Switched On and Het Verschil) will compete there with each
other. The winner will be invited to several Dutch summer festivals including Huntenpop.
Tooth & Nail Records signed
another band. This time it's FM Static. Their influences range from Good Charlotte to the
Beach Boys. Expect their debut album What Are You Waiting For with its sunny power op on
July 22nd. You can already download the song Definitely Maybe from the band's MP3.com page.
On September 5th the
album from The Death Campaign
will see the light through Solid
State Records. Title: Completion Conceived. From the MP3.com page of The Death
Campaign you may download one of their tunes.
November 4th 2003 is
the date when the new release from POD
will see the light. It's their third album for Atlantic Records and it will be entitled
Payable On Death. Sonny: "Payable On Death is a fresh new start, a going back to
roots, a re-connecting with
our people." Currently, the band is working through 17 songs. The album is produced
by Howard Benson.
On May 31st Bride will enter the studio to record
twelve new songs. The release date will be around the end of August. Bride is also going
to release a Bride The World Tour video/DVD. This visual experience contains live and
backstage footage. You can see the band visiting Brazil and Germany.
The debut CD from Cynical Limit has arrived
Cynical Limit is the band of former Angelica guitarist Dennis Cameron.
On May 29th you can
see Crushead in concert on the
Kirchentag in Berlin. Interestingly, on that particular day there will be a discussion on
the theme: Youth and Europe that president Gerhard Schröder will attend.
Last week this
column reported the success of As I
Lay Dying on the metal charts of MP3.com. Now the band has made it into the actual Top
40 of MP3.com. Their songs 94 Hours and Forever reached #10 for download and #30 for
streaming. Their album Frail Worlds Collapse will hit stores on June 16th. Vocalist Tim
had the following to say about all this: "The songs on mp3 are two of 12 songs coming
out in June. They are by no means the best two, rather a taste of what we are doing."
Sad news comes from Living Sacrifice. Due to
personal family obligations and issues that have recently come up, Living Sacrifice will
be discontinued. "We have no plans to do any other tours or albums as we feel that
the time has come to move on." Right now the band is finishing up the last shows.
After thirteen years the curtain will finally fall.
Rowe Productions released the
re-issue of all the Lightforce recordings plus two bonus tracks. Lightforce 1986 To 1989
contains the Mystical Thieves and the Battlezone albums. The two bonus songs come from a
1986 Lightforce demo. Lightforce is the band that later continued under the moniker
Hardcore band Neshamah have finished up their six
songs for the upcoming split CD with Rapture Of The Meek. This record will be out through
Blood And Ink Records.
announced the release of a limited CD EP from Drottnar. This disc is called Anamorphosis and it will be distributed
by Endtime Productions.
Anamorphosis will be made available in a couple of weeks.
will release a limited edition picture LP of Synergy, the new Extol album. This Swedish only
release is limited to about 300 units.
Another band on
Endtime Productions, Vardoger, will
have their new album released before the summer starts. The first edition comes as a
digipak with extended artwork.
Hearken will release an album called
Nuclear Negligence. You can download three songs from their MP3.com page.
Demoniciduth, the black metal band
from Switzerland, recorded seven new songs in January and April. It's their intention to
release them on a split CD with the Brazilian death metal band Sabbatariam. On the MP3.com page of Demoniciduth
you may get acquainted with their music.
New Metal Blade Records band As I Lay Dying are doing well on MP3.com.
They have reached the number #1 and #2 spots on the metal charts with their new tracks 94
Hours and the new version of Forever.
This summer the new
album from Sympathy
will be released through Fear Dark.
Tentative title is Arcane Path.
One of the names
added to the line-up of this year's Destruction Festival is Extol. Here's the schedule so far: Friday August 15 (doors open
6.30pm, starts 7.00pm) Cry For Silence, Today Forever, Zedisforzebra, Zyllah, Cain's Mark.
Saturday August 16 (doors open 5.30pm, starts 6.00pm): Extol, Last Hours Of Torment,
Frosthardr, Breaking Days, Gen, Bloodwork. The festival takes place in London, UK.
Sinai Beach will tour the west coast
of the USA with Biohazard soon. The band will be supporting their new album When Breath
Evanescence's track Going Under
will appear in the upcoming video game Enter The Matrix. This video game will be in stores
on May 15th.
You can see POD on MTV USA this weekend. The
show Entertainment Tonight will feature interviews with POD and behind the scenes footage
along with interviews with cast members of the Matrix Reloaded film. Also the entire
single Sleeping Awake will be shown. Here are the dates you can see this: Saturday, May
10th - 11:30 AM (EST) & Sunday, May 11th - 12:00 PM (EST).
Last week you could
read in this column that on May 26th the new album from Rob Rock's Rage Of Creation comes out. However, the release of Eyes Of
Eternity is postponed to June 23rd!
On the first of July
the new album from Nodes Of Ranvier comes out through Facedown Records. One of the
songs from this self titled CD can be downloaded from the Facedown
Records MP3.com page.
Grrr Records has decided to
re-issue the classic double album XX Years Live from the Rez Band. It contains 23 songs
played live. The album originally came out in 1992 to celebrate the band's twentieth
Grrr Records will also release a
new EP from Headnoise. This hardcore punk band presents the seven song disc in June.
Title: Ninety-nine And Waiting.
Save The Radio will make their new
album Extended Play available soon. The record contains five previously unreleased rock 'n
The official Stryper website was re-opened this
On May 26th the new
album from Rob Rock's Rage Of
Creation comes out. The CD is entitled Eyes Of Eternity and was produced and mixed by Roy
Z (Halford, Helloween). It contains nine tracks. Some of the song titles are: Rock The
Earth, Conquerors Hymn, Fields Of Fire and The Everlasting. The Japanese version will
contain two extra tracks: Bridge To Infinity and Children Of The Wasteland. Interestingly,
Eyes Of Eternity contains the twelve minute epic song The Hour Of Dawn. In this song there
are guest appearances from Roy Z, Gus G (Dream Evil, Firewind), Tom Naumann (Primal Fear),
Carl Johan Grimmark (Narnia), Rick Renstrom (Rage of Creation), Jeff Kollman (Glenn
Hughes), Jack Frost (Seven Witches), Howie Simon (Tamplin, Jeff Scott Soto), Jimi Bell
(Wayne's Metal Church), and Axel Rudi Pell.
The guys from Side Walk Slam have finished the
recording of their new CD in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Release date is August 12th.
On June 24th the Beloved debut album Failure On will
come out. This record was recorded with producer GGGarth Richardson. You can now download
one of the songs from MP3.com.
The track is called Aimless Endeavor.
Geronimo has left Seventh Avenue. He did the last
show with the band on their CD release party in March. Seventh Avenue is currently looking
for a new bassist to replace him. Interested people should be from the
Wolfsburg/Gifhorn/Braunschweig area in Germany. Rumors say the band might go on a European
tour with Rob Rock and Narnia in late summer or fall.
Drottnar has signed with Momentum
Scandinavia for the release of a four song EP.
Laudamus has signed with a label as
well: Escape Music Ltd. The album Lost In Vain should be released in Europe on June 16th.
On Lost In Vain there are guest appearances from Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie
Malmsteen), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Kee Marcello (Europe), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak
Kitchen), Rob Rock (Chris Impellitteri, Roy Z, Axel Rudi Pell, Joshua Perahia and Dennis
Cameron), Howie Simon (Ken Tamplin, Glenn Huges, Jeff Scott Soto) and Ed Roth
(Impellitteri, Coolio, Maya).
New Eden also inked a record deal:
with Generation Records. A release date for Stagnant Progression isn't set yet.
Squad Five-O signed to Capitol
Ultimatum are in the writing process.
They hope to record a demo to send out to a few labels in the near future.
The guys from Slick Shoes are working on a new
record for the label Side One Dummy. They entered the studio with Ed Stasium (No Use For A
Name, Pennywise, 22 Jacks) as producer.
The new video from POD will premier on MTV USA on
May 13th. You can see a special appearance and interview in Total Request Live.
On May 25th there
will be a Cross Rhythms Benefit gig in the United Kingdom. Appearing artists are: Cain's
Mark, Fire Fly, Gopherwood, Gen, Jonah, Sibling, Unwritten, Zedisforzebra, Zyllah, Flik.
Location: Rock Cafe, Stourbridge, United Kingdom.
April 25th 2003
A new CD from MxPx comes out...soon! Title of this
effort is Before Everything And After. Half of the album was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge.
Today the mixing of the other half by Tom Lord-Alge will start. The album should be
completed by the first week of May.
The Death Campaign is mixing
their album today.
Side Walk Slam is currently
recording with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, The Descendents) at The Blasting Room in Fort
Collins, Colorado, USA. Look for their new CD in the fall.
The Tooth & Nail Records debut of Watashi Wa will come out on June
24th. Title: The Love Of Life. Interestingly, you can download one of the songs from their
MP3.com page. It's called All
Rock band Anberlin is also getting ready to
release their album through Tooth & Nail Records. On May 6th Blueprints For The Black
Market comes out and from their MP3.com
page you can download a new song called Foreign Language.
The organization of
the Destruction Festival in
London, United Kingdom, announced the first names of bands playing their festival in
August: Last Hours Of Torment, Zedisforzebra, Frosthardr, Bloodwork, Breaking Days, Cry
For Silence, Gen, Zyllah, Cain's Mark, Today Forever.
April 18th 2003
POD sent their The Matrix
soundtrack called Sleeping Awake to radio stations across the USA. Last weekend the band
spent 16 hours in a secret location to film the video for this single. The video is
expected to debut on MTV USA by the end of the month.
Metal Blade Records officially
announced the signing of As I Lay
Dying from San Diego, USA. This metalcore band will debut on Metal Blade with Frail
Words Collapse containing twelve songs. This album was recorded at the Big Fish Studios in
San Diego with Steve Russell (POD, Blindside).
The Mexican metal
band Lament is writing new material
for their fourth CD. They are looking for a producer. Musical direction is heavy thrash
metal. Lament will be touring a lot all over Mexico this year.
In case you didn't
know, Ganglion released a new
EP called Stripped through Full Steam Records from Finland. The band still have quite a
few CD's, 7" vinyl records, t-shirts and buttons in stock, so if you're interested,
mail them through: email@example.com. Rumors
say that their former band Lengsel
will have a new demo out before the summer.
Stryper is planning to do some shows,
starting in August.
Stryper singer Michael Sweet is still working on
his new solo album. This CD with hymns will be completed as soon as he can. There will be
nine or ten songs on it and it should be out around August.
Some weeks ago you
could read in this column about the return of Crystavox. Drummer Fred Helm: "You heard right! Crystavox is back
in the studio to basically "see if the engine still works". A couple of new
songs are done, and we are transferring the old recordings to DVD-A for a 6.1 surround
mix. Stay tuned we have a long way to go, but so far so good!"
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Spiritfall has added three tracks
from their Without Words EP to their MP3.com site. After returning home from touring, the band will start
writing new material for a project which the band will record in late May.
Bad Little Duck, Space In Your Face, and other
bands will appear on a compilation against abortion. It will be a full French CD made by
the team from the French Catholic Church in Paris. The goal is not a condemnation of
abortion but more as a help to promote associations which can help women in these
Metal fans in
Finland may look forward to the Ampirock
Festival on May 17th. This festival will be held in Järvenpää, Finland. Artists are
Bleakwail, Anchor, Megiddon, Oratorio, Scion, Snail On The Plate, Catrabbits and Desyre.
April 11th 2003
Fire Fly is busy recording their new
album. As it comes to concerts they will play at this year's Cornerstone Festival. The
band also are having their first video made for the new recording of Blue Eyed Boy.
Shiloh has decided to change its name into
Save The Radio. On April 18th
they will enter the studio to record their new EP. It will be the same rock flavor you may
be accustomed to from Shiloh. Expect this release around the end of May.
Global Warning had their song
Thrown Away picked up by a Canadian label and released on a six CD box set with
international metal bands. The band also recorded a new song called Disconnect. The
tracking of two more songs will follow.
Slow Coming Day has a new mp3 on
their MP3.com page. It's
the song A Midsummer's Nightmare from their upcoming debut CD Farewell To The Familiar.
This album will be in stores on April 22nd.
April 4th 2003
The guys from Soapbox have finally released
something new. It's a five song EP called Shapeshifter that's out through Structure
Records. This EP is a so-called 3" CD.
Kekal have inked a deal with Rock
Express Records from former Yugoslavia. This label will release the cassette tape version
of 1000 Thoughts Of Violence for the Eastern European market. The CD version will be out
through Fear Dark later this month.
You can already download two tracks (Vox Diaboli and Subsession II) from Kekal's MP3.com page.
The industrial rock
band Undish from Poland has suspended
its activity. Due to their publisher going bankrupt, their album The Gift Of Flying won't
come out. Four ex Undish members will start a new project later this year.
The Agony Scene has a song
available on MP3.com from their upcoming album. The song is called We Bury Our Dead
You may have
wondered what happened with the talented rock band Orange-i from Belgium. After they
changed the name of the band into Moonlake
not much was heard from them. In fact, they have a new album out now. It's called