Friday March 26th 2004
Jacobs Dream will return
to the studio this summer. They will record their third album for Metal Blade Records. The
title for this release is Drama Of The Ages and it will feature the vocals of Chaz Bond
Black metal band
Arch Of Thorns have release their CD demo The Coming Storm through Sneeuwstorm Produkties.
The band is also working on a new EP called Sword Of The Spirit. The recording is almost
On Purevolume.com there is a
new song from Dead Poetic that you
might want to download. The song is called Vanus Empty.
Hardcore band Neshamah from South Africa are going
to record their next full length album at the end of May/early June. They hope to have it
out in July.
The song Switchback
from Celldweller has been
licensed for a full length trailer for the Spiderman 2 movie. The trailer should be
available online in the coming month.
The band XD Out is
currently looking for a drummer for live shows. If you are interested, you may want to
contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org. XD Out has been spending
most of their time recording new songs. They recorded two songs with Barry Blair of Audio
Also melodic metal
is looking for a musician. The musician wanted is a rhythm guitar player. If you are
interested, contact the band at: email@example.com.
X-Terra's latest CD Wolves is now being distributed by Tower Records.
The German band Brain:FAQ desires your help! They want
to be invited to play the Woodland Open-air festival in Germany, and need your vote. You can vote each day and the voting goes on till half June.
March 19th 2004
Sacred Life is working on a new CD.
Right now they're in pre-production in their rehearsal room. The plan is to record their
first full-length album. Seven songs are finished so far. The official production will be
started late Summer, early Fall.
12 Stones is wrapping up the recording
phase for their new album. This record will be out on August 10th.
Mortification released their new
album Brain Cleaner. This is the twelfth studio album. The line-up is Mike Forsberg
(drums) Mick Jelinic (guitar) and Steve Rowe (bass guitar & vocals). Next week
Mortification will add the mp3 of Too Much Pain from the new album on mp3.com.au.
Grrr Records announced the signing
of The Remnants. This old school punk band released Songs From The Hell Hole. Besides the
normal elements you will expect from a punk band (loud guitars, bass, drums and
screaming), The Remnants make some use of the mandolin as well.
About A Burning Fire
from Blindside is doing
great. Nearly 50,000 units have been sold in a matter of weeks... From the Blindside
artist page at MTV.com you can download an exclusive new recording of the first
single, All Of Us.
The Elements Of Rock festival is
starting today. There's one cancellation: Antidemon, from Brazil. Other bands you might
want to see tonight and tomorrow, are: Veni Domine, Immortal Souls, Seventh Avenue,
Slechtvalk, Drottnar, Jeff Scheetz, Eluveitie, Crushead, Sacrificium, Arson, Exaudi,
Demoniciduth, Disobedience, Heavenly Soldiers and a surprise band...
will take place on March 26th & 27th. It's the MetalZone festival, in Hus 25, Sundsvall, Sweden. Bands you can see
live, are: Admonish, Laudamus, Evergrace, Shadows Of Paragon, Taketh.
March 12th 2004
Classic metal band Saint have a new album out. This record is
called In The Battle. Saint was started in the early eighties under the moniker of
Gentile. They changed their name to Saint and released their first EP, Warriors Of The
Son, in 1984. Two full length albums came out before the band called it a day around 1989.
In 1999 bassist Richard Lynch restarted Saint. This led to the release of the Perfect Life
EP in 2001. With the new album In The Battle Richard Lynch is now accompanied by singer
Josh Kramer. Some of the songs on In The Battle are Star Pilots Return, Sacrifice, Acid
Rain and Armor On. Guitarist on the album is Jerry Johnson while the band hired Larry
London for the recording of the drums.
The live album from Stryper called 7 weeks: Live in America,
2003, will be out on May 18th! The band also recorded their sold out show in San Juan,
Puerto Rico earlier this month for the upcoming DVD.
Speaking of DVD's, Stavesacre will soon announce the
release of their DVD.
One Bad Pig released their first vinyl
record on CD. The album is called A Christian Banned and was originally released in 1986.
The CD version is limited to 750 units.
Neon Cross will be entering the studio
in April, to finally record Neon Cross II. The songs, however, date back from 1988-1990.
March 5th 2004
Antithesis has a new singer. His
name is Matt Adkins. He did his first performance with the band at the Chicago Powerfest
on February 27th.
The new album Brain
Cleaner from Mortification is
yet to be released. You'll have to wait a little long due to delay in the artwork. The
album should be out sometime this month.
Bushbaby has put their video for
Lipstick on their website.
Punk rock band Tekla Knös will soon release their
new album Hellre Dåre Än Marionett. It will also be available at Bobfest this weekend.
Celldweller is going to make a music
video for the song Switchback.
On Wednesday March
10th there will be a meet & greet with Kekal in Amsterdam, Holland. This meet & greet sessions takes
place in music store Boudisque, Haringpakkerssteeg (near Damrak), two minutes away from
the Central Railway Station. This event is from 15:30 to 16:30.
Blindside debuted on the
Billboart album chart at #39 with their new album About A Burning Fire.
February 27th 2004
Det Tapte Liv is the
title for the EP Antestor
will be releasing. The disc should be out mid-April, but you can already lay your hands on
it at the Bobfest, where the band will be playing.
The Finnish band Random Eyes is concentrating on a new
Last Tuesday Blindside released their new
album About A Burning Fire. On the first day over 11,000 copies were sold. Interestingly,
the band will be co-headlining a US tour with P.O.D. in May/June.
POD's new album Payable On Death
has now been certified Gold in the USA. This means at least 500,000 copies were sold of
Dust Eater Dogs news: guitarist
Canine Christer is moving to Australia. Last year drummer Danny left Dust Eater Dogs to
join the Logos ship, travelling all over the world. He'll be back to Finland in the summer
of 2005. Until then, he'll be replaced by a session drummer called Jonne Orrensalo. Danny,
however, has been seen drumming in a band formed by crew members. The band played in a
jail in Panama...
7 Weeks: Live In
America, 2003. This is the title of the upcoming live album from Stryper. Expect it in stores in late May
this year. The first 500 copies sold through Stryper.com will be autographed by the band.
The songs on the album are: Sing Along Song, Makes Me Wanna Sing, Calling On You, Free,
More Than A Man, Caught In The Middle, Reach Out, Loud 'N Clear, The Way, Soldiers Under
Command, To Hell With The Devil, Honestly, Winter Wonderland. The CD ends with a closing
The release of the
new album from The Spirit
That Guides Us is postponed until the end of the summer. But, in April they will
release an EP with four new songs. This disc is called Defence Mechanism.
Steel Prophet has inked a deal with
Massacre Records. They will
release their new album Beware sometime in the summer this year.
February 20th 2004
Fire Fly are currently working on a
new album. Four pre-produced songs can already be downloaded from the internet, to give
you an idea of what's coming up. The songs are Phobia, Drown, Imperfection and Substance of
Nothing. Fire Fly will also record a promotional video for Phobia. More information
can be found at: The
Darkwater is a new band, formed in
2002 by Magnus, Henrik and Markus. You may know Henrik and Magnus from Harmony. The
line-up of Darkwater was completed with the addition of Harmony drummer Tobias and bassist
Karl. Darkwater will release their first full length album Calling Earth To Witness mid
Crushead is about to release their new
album Can You Handle This? It will be presented to the public on the Owener Rocknacht.
Expect eleven songs with a bonustrack. Can You Handle This? was produced by Tobias Kurrle.
BEC Recordings is releasing the
new album from Kutless Sea Of Faces on February 24th!
On March 23rd the
new album from Ace
Troubleshooter will come out. The record is entitled It's Never Enough. You can
download an MP3 of Ball & Chain here.
New Medicines, the
new disc from Dead Poetic, will be
co-released through Solid State
Records and Tooth & Nail
Records. The album will be out on April 6th 2004. You can download the title track
On March 23rd the
album Waking Up The Dead from Blissed
will be unleashed to the general market in the USA. The band plans to do intensive touring
There are several
bands looking for new personnel. XD Out is looking for a drummer. The band plays melodic
hard rock. The band is from Northeast Pennsylvania. Contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org .
currently looking for a bass player. This band plays technical melodic metal band with a
Latin influence. Their first recording Invisible Force was licensed to the Greek metal
label Secret Port Records. They are currently distributed through Nightmare Records, among
other distros & outlets. Rivera/Bomma is from the NYC area. Contact Rod at email@example.com .
X-Terra is looking
for a rhythm guitar player. They have a classic glam, classic rock sound. The band is from
Northeast Pennsylvania. Contact Bob or Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steel Prophet have
signed with Massacre Records
to release a new album before the summer.
Eluveitie is the
last band to complete the line-up for the Elements Of Rock festival in Switzerland.
February 13th 2004
Paramæcium is working hard on their
fourth album. The album will be called Echoes From The Ground. The fictional storyline of
the album revolves around a young British archaeologist travelling through Palestine in
the late 1800's, investigating holy sites in an attempt to determine the veracity of the
scriptures. For this new record the vocals need to be finished, as well as the violin,
flute and soprano parts.
The Awakening from South Africa
have announced that they are at work on a brand new album. The last full length album was
Sacrificial Etchings, a compilation album with material from the first five releases.
Expect the next album this spring!
Stavesacre is also working on a new
album with Bryan Carlstrom and Chris Hall.
Rivel Records released a tribute
album to The Sweet. The album is called The Sweet According To Sweden and it came out on
label boss of Rivel Records and singer for Narnia, is releasing a new solo project. It's
called Christian Rivel's Audiovision. The vision is to create good heavy metal with strong
melodies and lots of harmony vocals like Queen & The Sweet. All songs wil be written
by Christian Rivel and Lars Chriss from Lion's Share. Expect this release in autumn/winter
2004. However, you can also hear Audiovision on The Sweet According To Sweden. On the
Audiovision album you can expect contributions from musicians like Jeff Scott Soto, Tony
Franklin, Mic Michaeli, Carl Johan Grimmark and others.
If you want to hear
a rough demo of a song from the upcoming Underoath album, you may want to download it from
On April 9th &
10th the annual Metanoia
Festival will be held in Vitoria, Brazil. Here's the bandlist. Friday April 9th:
Frontal, Sabbatarian, Postmorten, Apeiron, Distarnish, The Salvos, Exodo, Saint Spirit,
Skymetal, The Joke, Atonement, Dracma, Testimony, Done, Duelectrum, HB 12. Saturday April
10th: Countdown, Moriah, Polyfone, Unigênito, Dynasty, Sangue Inocente, Arcanjo, Ocular,
Afronta, Resurreiçao, Trino, Brutal Sacrifice, Death Poems, Alta Cúpula, Holocausto,
February 6th 2004
Singer Brad Norris
has left Norma Jean. Norris
has been part of the band since the departure of Josh Scogin, who left Norma Jean in
August 2002. Norma Jean is currently on tour in the United Kingdom. Drummer Daniel: 'Our
good friend Cory Putman, formerly of the band Eso-Charis, will be filling in for us, for
the time being. As of right now, we have no plans for a permanent replacement. But we will
keep you up to date on what's going on. We will still be doing a full-US tour in
In other Norma Jean
news, their brand new video, Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste, filmed with director Zach
Merck (Converge, Blindside), is now available for viewing here!
Haste The Day finished their new
record with Barry Poynter. The album Burning Bridges will be available on March 9th 2004.
Underoath is in the
studio with producer James Paul Wisner to record the follow-up to The Changing Of Times.
The title for the upcoming album is They're Only Chasing Safety and it will be out on June
Scandinavia, the label formed by Endtime
Productions and Nordic Mission,
has signed Frosthardr.
They will release a five track EP in late March. Expect old school black metal with a
modern and thrashy twist.
Upcoming releases on
Solid State Records:
02/24/04 - The
Running EP by Beloved
03/09/04 Burning Bridges by Haste The Day
03/23/04 The Death Campaign Project by Officer Negative
04/06/04 New Medicines by Dead Poetic
04/20/04 Technical Difficulties by Training For Utopia
05/08/04 Summer Of Darkness by Demon Hunter
06/15/04 They're Only Chasing Safety by Underoath