January 27th 2006
Callisto has almost completed the
recording of their new album. They hope to bring out the new material in the spring time.
Andrew Schneider will be mixing the album in February, while Samuel Durling has been put
in charge of the art direction.
After two years of
work, Altera Enigma has made
their debut album Alteration available now. The nine tracks on Alteration range from the
epic, nearly 10 minute long heavy progressive metal of the song Enigmatic Alteration to
the Jeff Arwadi written moody, memorable and darkly melodic Pasivitas Sudut Pandang. Songs
like Relating The Transformation and Through Glass, Darkly showcase the bands roots in
heavy metal while Fading is a flowing, soulful instrumental full of conviction and
Bride is releasing four DVD's. The
first is a metal DVD, featuring 24 songs from two different concerts. The second DVD is
filled with 17 acoustic versions from three different shows. The third DVD features their
rock oriented work from two 1994 shows (including one concert in Germany). And on the
fourth DVD you will see the band live in Brazil.
Stairway is trying to get
their new album released in the Spring time. Prior to this release, they are planning to
bring out an MP3-single.
January 20th 2006
The American hard
rock band Bride is working on a new
album. The band is also working on a possible Brazilian record deal. Interestingly,
they've found a new drummer called Lilian Miller. Yes, a "she", and she is a
Brazilian as well.
The German label
Guideline Records will release the debut of Descend To Rise on January 26th. You can listen to an mp3 track from this upcoming mini CD. The song is called The Enemy
band is Opposition Of One.
They are looking for a new bass player to replace David. Opposition Of One will be
touring with Seventh Star in Europe in April 2006.
Bandsonfire.com reports that Metal Blade Records will re-release
the first album from As I Lay Dying,
as well as the 2002 EP. The debut album is called Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes and was
originally brought out by Pluto Records in 2001.
Here some news from
2005: The British hard rock band Force
3 has reformed. Force 3 was started back in the eighties. They released one album,
Warrior Of Light, back in 1988. There are plans to re-release this disc.
news: Last week you could read in this column about the Art For The Ears
radio show on Radio 90FM in The
Netherlands. From now on you can listen to the livestream of this excellent hard music
show every Friday from 20.00-21.00 CET, and every Tuesday from 23.00-24.00 CET for the
Check the current
Listen to Art For
The Ears at the Radio 90FM website:
scroll to the right to choose between four different media players.
Do you live in a
different time zone, check how much hours you are from Central European Time (CET)!
January 13th 2006
On March 23rd the new Narnia album Enter The Gate will be
released in Japan. When the record comes out in Europe and the USA, is yet unsure. Narnia
singer Christian Rivel will also work on an acoustic and symphonic album where he will
make new versions of Narnia songs. This disc will be called Living Water From The Throne
and is planned to be released in August/September, probably followed by an acoustic tour
With his band Narnia Christian
Rivel will do a tour, starting on January 28th in Finland. Five days earlier their first
live album will see the light of day.
Jani Stefanovic from Divinefire
& Renascent, will release two albums with other bands. First of all Eternium. This is
an extreme metal band in the vein of Crimson Moonlight and Antestor, featuring former
Renascent member Barry Haldan on vocals.
The other band that Jani
Stefanovic joined, is Essence Of Sorrow from Finland. This formation features members from
Random Eyes, among others. Essence Of Sorrows plays metal with lots of power, melody and
hooks. Besides Jani Stefanovic the line-up consists of: Christian Palin (vocals), Mikko Härkin (keyboards), Timo Kuusjärvi
(guitars), Markus Niemispelto (drums) and Sidi (bass). Expect the album from Essence Of
Sorrow to be released through Rivel
Another new band is 7 Days,
formed by Markus Sigfridsson. The line-up also consistis of Thomas Vikström (vocals),
Daniel Flores (drums) and Andreas Olsson (bass). You can also expect the album from 7 Days
from Rivel Records.
Rivel Records will this year also
release a new album from Heartcry!
The Indonesian avantgarde metal
band Kekal will start recording
their new album in January. It will take at least half a year to complete the recordings.
Mortification has found
replacement for Mike Forsberg. The new drummer for the band is Damien Percy. Mortification
will release the next album Erasing The Goblin in late February. Expect death metal.
Dead Poetic will have a few songs on
their next album produced by none less then Chino Moreno, frontman of the Deftones. This
will happen in a studio in Sacramento. The rest of the album will be produced by Aaron
Sprinkle in Seattle.
There's a song from
the next Far-Less album that you can listen to on Purevolume. The track is
called Jumping The Shark. This is one of the songs on the record Everyone Is Out To Get
Us. This album will be out on February 7th.
other news: Have you always wanted to listen to the Art For The Ears radioshow
on Radio 90FM in The Netherlands?
Perhaps now is your chance! Radio 90FM is offering a livestream of their broadcast on the
internet. What do you need to do to listen to Art For The Ears? Well, go to the Radio 90FM website, scroll to the right
and then pick your player (you can choose between Windows Mediaplayer, Winamp Mediaplayer,
I-tunes and Real Player). At least Winamp was reported to be working so far.
Art For The Ears is
on air (and on stream) every Friday, starting a few minutes past 20:00 CET (8.00
PM CET). Check the current playlist here. The reiteration is every Tuesday, starting a few minutes
past eleven o'clock in the evening (CET). Do you live in a different time zone, check how
much hours you are from Central European Time!
January 6th 2006
P.O.D. performed at Times Square
in New York on New Years Eve. The band was booked for the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Nearly one
million people experienced P.O.D. live on top of a building in Times Square. They played
songs like Goodbye For Now, Boom and Alive. The Performance was shown on video screens
throughout Times Square, including the huge screen in the middle of the square.
Right now P.O.D. is
eager to release their new album Testify, that will be released worldwide on January 24th.
Fear Dark announced the bands and
dates for this year's festivals. The bands are: Morphia, Eluveitie, Royal Anguish and
Taketh. The festivals will take place in The Netherlands (three dates), Germany (two
dates) and Switzerland from May 12th through May 28th.
If you want to see
how good old Saint looks like live today, check out the video samples from the band's website. You can see the band
perform the songs In The Night and 2 Vicars.
December 30th 2005
Pillar will be entering the Lakeside
Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee, on January 2nd. They will be recording their new album
with producer Travis Wyrick. Pillar hopes to release the record summer 2006.
Management company Thoughts On Vinyl reports that Dead Poetic will be releasing teaser
clips from their demo sessions for the new album in early January. The clips are a tiny
taste of what's to come from the band. Dead Poetic will be entering the studio on January
30th with producer Aaron Sprinkle.
Altera Enigma have completed their
debut album Alteration. The album will contain nine songs. Some of the song titles are:
Enigmatic Alteration, Pasivitas Sudut Pandang, Relating The Transformation and Through
Glass, Darkly. The band hopes to have this record out in January 2006.
From the Altera
Enigma website you can now download the first of three free songs. The first is Demand A
Broader View. This is not one of the album tracks. You can consider the song as a tribute
to the extreme metal roots of band member Jason DeRon (formerly of Paramæcium) and Jeff
(Kekal). However, Demand A Broader View cannot be reckoned as a representative track for
Alteration. It's rather a track that will appeal to fans of old Kekal.
You can help Extol in the second and final voting
round for the best metal album of the year contest by major Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.
by indicating the empty bubble next to Extol/The Blueprint Dives and entering your name
(navn?), e-mail address (Epost?) and the code that's shown in the grey square on your
right. Then press "stem". Thanks!
December 23rd 2005
Fans of Divinefire
have something to look out for. The band will be working on a new album they hope to
release in September 2006. Their latest album Hero was only released four weeks ago... The
working title for the new record is Into A New Dimension.
Silence The Foe will
release a full-length album next year. More information will follow.
Jacob's Dream will be taking a
break from touring until April of 2006 while they work on their next recording.
Do you remember the alternative rock band Passafist that had industrial influences? You
can download four songs from the 1994 Passafist EP from Myspace.
The tentative release date for the fifth Stavesacre
album is March 21st. The disc is entitled How To Live With A Curse. The band shot a video
for the song It's Beautiful (Once You're Out Here) last weekend.
Ken Tamplin is offering a nice
Christmas gift this year. The hard rock singer put the songs from his Christmas album
online, for you to download! The songs on The Colors Os Christmas are not the usual hard
rock style Ken Tamplin (formerly of Joshua, Shout & Magdalan), but nice
altogether. Download the ten songs here for free!
December 16th 2005
Veni Domine has signed a record deal
with MCM Music (Germany). Their new
album will be released in February 2006. Title for the disc is 23:59. Some of the song
titles are: Like I'm Crucified, Electrical Heaven, Valley Of The Visions, and Die Another
Bombworks Records added the
Brazilian band Seven Angels
to their roster. Seven Angel is known for their power metal and their female singer. The
new album Faceless Man will be released in January.
Global Warning has secured a deal
with ACM Records for their latest
release Enemy Within. ACM works with artists like Earth Wind And Fire, Chaca Khan and
The new Rivera/Bomma album I Am God is
delayed. The band's label Mausoleum Records says the CD will be released in Japan &
Europe in February. US fans may look forward to the album in March.
The first bands are
announced for the Elements Of
Rock that will take place in Switzerland, in April 2006: Bands: Rob Rock, Narnia,
Immortal Souls, Frosthardr, Dividing Line, Saphena, Inevitable End, Brutal Martyrium.
December 9th 2005
The South African
gothic rock band The Awakening
joined MCM Music. This management
is also working for established names as Saviour Machine, Eva O and Virgin Black. The
Awakening intends to tour globally with the release of their next album Razor Burn. This
record will be out in June 2006.
And Tourniquet is still working on a new
album. They say you can expect a late 2006 release...
signed a new band called Flee The Seen. This band from Kansas City will release their
debut album Doubt Becomes The New Addiction on March 14th 2006. You can listen to some of
their music on their Myspace.com
December 2nd 2005
Once Dead is working on their debut
album. Once Dead is the band featuring the members from Vengeance Rising, a band that
released four albums from 1988-1994. The line-up consists of Glenn Rogers, Larry Farkas,
Doug Thieme, Scott Waters, Roger Dale Martin and Jim Chaffin. The band is working on new
material that will be true to their old school speed metal roots.
Antithesis is still working on
their new album Dreaming Reality. They still are hopeful for a 2005 release...
On December 6th the
Unsung EP from The Chariot will
see the light of day.