The guys from Still Remains have decided to call
it quits. According to the band, personal reasons have lead to this decision. They think
it's time for them to move on to different things in their lives. However, you can see
Still Remains on a final headlining tour. The last concert will take place on the
Destroy The Runner
have put up a new song online called Crumbs For The Murder on myspace.com. This is a
track from their upcoming album I, Lucifer which appears on April 15th.
You can also listen
to I Needed A Spaceship (Instead I Got Problems) from Inhale/Exhale on myspace.com. This song is
from the I Swear album, due out on June 10th.
And you can listen
to The Famine too! On myspace
you can hear Stitched In Plastic from The Raven And The Reaping. This CD will be out on
On May 5th Metalmind
Productions will re-issue Hellig Usvart from Horde for the European market. This
remastered version will also contain bonus tracks. Hellig Usvart appears in the USA on
will release The Nightshift Worshipper. This is an EP from the one man band Grave Declaration. The
EP will appear on March 31st. The disc contains four songs of symphonic black/death metal.
Classic metal band Saint
has a new album out called Crime Scene Earth. This record contains nine songs.
finished recording their EP with covers. They hope to have it out in the second half of
You can listen to A
Curtain Of Deceit. This is a track from Dead Alive, the new Soul Embraced album that will
come out on April 29th. Listen to the band on myspace.com.
Fear Dark announced
the bands that will play the Fear Dark Festivals this year: Thy Majestie, Slechtvalk,
Exhale and World To Ashes. The Dutch festivals will take place on May 23rd, 24th and 25th.
For more information you can view myspace.com kijken. That's also the spot for you to listen to these
March 21st 2008
The Showdown is recording
their third album in Nashville. This will be the follow-up to the Feel Like Hell EP
(2007). So far the drums are finished.
progressive metal group Darkwater
will shoot a video in Gothenburg, Sweden. The song they've chosen is The Play - II. This
is a song from their debut album Calling The Earth To Witness.
Underoath is in the middle of
recording a new album They have two live webcams in the studio, one in the drum room, the
other in the sound room. Use this
link and this link.
Dutch hardcore band Deckard
is in the studio for their first demo.
If you are
between 12 and 16 years old, there's a chance for you to star in a video clip from
hardcore band Today Forever.
This German group will shoot a video and they're looking for two actors. It's a voluntary
job, no payment involved. So, if you think it's fun check out this
information sheet (in German language though). Today Forever comes from the Kassel area.
If you play
in a band, you might get the opportunity to tour with Becoming The Archetype in
June on the so-called Peel Your Wig Back Tour. And you will also play the Tooth & Nail
Day at the Cornerstone Festival. Interested? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
for all the details. The deadline for submission is May 1st.
Kekal is still working on their new
album. It will contain a cover song from the Norwegian band A-ha. No, it's not their
infamous track Take On Me...
Joshua Perahia will re-issue
three of his past album this week. The titles available again are: The Hand Is Quicker
Than The Eye (remastered 25th anniversary edition), Surrender (remastered and with new
cover art) and Chapter 1 (remastered and with new cover art). The new DVD Intense Defense:
Live In The Studio will be out in April.
of the annual Christmas Rock Night festival in Germany, will organise the Legends Of Rock festival on
Saturday April 5th. For fans of classic metal bands this is an event you surely don't want
to miss. The festival takes place in Haus Ennepetal, not far from Wuppertal and the Dutch
This is the
time schedule for Legend Of Rock 2008:
Seventh Avenue - 15:00
Rex Carroll Session - 15:50
Stavesacre - 16:45
Narnia - 18:00
Glenn Kaiser Band - 19:15
Whitecross - 20:30
Blindside - 22:00
Bloodgood - 23:20
Jim Laverde from Sanctuary
International is raising money for his and pastor Bob Beeman's festival tour. They'll be
visiting lots of festivals this year. Bob and Jim desperately need financial support to do
all of this. It takes several thousand dollars to do just one event. They never ask the
people who put on these festivals to pay our way over, they never want to be a burden to
them. So if you feel you can be of help to these fine people, send them an e-mail through
the Barren Cross myspace.com
page. Every little bit helps.
March 14th 2008
company Soundmass will release three albums in April.
First of all it's
the first full-length album from Synnôve. Their record is called The Whore And The Bride.
Synnôve was formed by former members of Virgin Black. They started out playing
symphonic/gothic black but are now a more aggressive black metal unit with doom and death
elements. You can listen to the band on myspace.com.
Second, Soundmass will bring out the debut album for Martyrs Shrine. This
may sound as a new band, but the group is formed by Michael Carlisle and Mike Forsberg,
also known for their work with Mortification and Cybergrind. You can expect a blend of
death and thrash metal.
And the third release from Australia is in fact a CD from a German band.
They're called Eternal Emperor and play combination of death and black metal with thrash
influences and doom metal passages. Their debut EP is called In The Beginning.
Soundmass also signed a new band from Australia, Dei Elithaeon. They play
a blend of thrash, death and progressive metal. Their debut should be out in mid 2008. You
can listen to the band on myspace.
Images Of Eden
is working on a new album. The recording should take place in late summer/early fall 2008.
The band also has a new drummer called Chris Lucci from the progressive metal band All Too Human.
finished their new CD. According to the band, the heavy will be heavier, the hooks will be
hookier and the vibes vibier...
My Silent Wake recorded their
new album in the Kewsound Studio. Expect the disc out through Bombworks Records in the
The Swedish heavy
metal band Incrave will release their new single The Forgotten through Ulterium Records on
March 27th. The Forgotten is taken from the up-coming album Dead End, due out on April
25th (Europe) and May 13th (North America). The single contains two different versions of
the single track, plus two extra songs. You can listen to The Forgotten on myspace.
Also Anberlin works on new stuff. They are
in the studio in Los Angeles.
And a new CD from Tower is in the works. Their are in
the mixing stage.
You can download a new file
containing the Art For The Ears radio show. It's the March 7th 2008 show, featuring
Mehida, Still Remains, P.O.D., Stellar Kart, Thousand Foot Krutch, King's X, Tourniquet,
Pantokrator, xDeathstarx, Rob Rock & Ivoryline.
March 7th 2008
On May 19th the new King's
X album XV will be released by InsideOut Music in Europe. People living in Germany,
Austria or Switzerland are more fortunate. In their countries XV arrives four days sooner.
People in the US will have to wait until May 20th. XV was produced by Michael Wagener
(Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Stryper).
has finnaly recorded its debut album. The band now also has a full line-up.
The Dutch death metal band Docile signed a deal with Open Grave Records for the North-American
market. Open Grave Records will release their debut EP Babylon Ablaze. It should be out
round April/May. First Paradox Metal Records will take care of Europe and Asia.
Tooth & Nail Records signed a new band called Since October. Their
album This Is My Heart appears on May 27th. On myspace you can hear this
February 29th 2008
Joshua Perahia is working on a new
album. He'll be heading into the studio soon to begin recording. Returning to the Joshua
line-up will be vocalist Jeff Fenholt who also sang on the album Surrender (1985). Several
special guests are being lined up to appear on the CD. Joshua Perahia is also editing
footage for his first DVD called Intense Defense: Live In The Studio. This disc will
feature the entire albm Intense Defense performed live in the studio with Rob Rock on
vocals. The DVD will also feature unreleased live performances Joshua did at the 2001
Salvation Army Benefit Concert and Stryper Expo 2001. You can also expect promotional
videos and other extras.
February 24th, rock legend Larry
Norman passed away. Norman debuted in the sixties and was known for being one of the
pioneers in Christian rock. He's probably best known for his song Why Should The Devil
Have All The Good Music.
A memorial service
will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 1st at The Church on the Hill, 2707 Maranatha
Ct., Turner, Oregon, USA.
The Dutch hardcore
group Deckard will
record a demo EP. This disc will probably contain five songs. The recordings will be done
by Willem Jonker (The Hot Stewards, Sacred Life) in his studio in Hattem, Holland.
Teramaze, the Australian
metal band, is putting the final touches on the two new tracks for the Anthology. They
hope to finish it all soon.
Bride has started writing the songs for
a new album. On one night alone singer Dale and his brother Troy wrote five tunes. They
hope to have fifteen songs ready before they'll enter the studio. Go to the website of the
band and find out how YOU can be involved with the recording process!
A new band on the
Solid State Records' roster is My Children, My Bride. Their new album Unbreakable appeared
this week. Four songs from the record can be listened to on myspace.
Another album that
was released this week, is the self-titled debut from Children 18:3, a new band on
Tooth & Nail Records.
The line-up for the Elements Of Rock festival in
Switzerland is completed. This festival takes places on April 25-27th. Booked are: Seventh
Avenue, Drottnar, David Benson's DBeality, Kreyson, Obed, Monoblock, Metratrone,
Vindex, Thy Bleeding Skies, Exaudi and Morgarten.
You can download
a new file containing the Art For The Ears radio show. It's the February 22nd 2008 show,
featuring Relient K, Becoming The Archetype, Demon Hunter, Veni Domine, Bloodgood,
Sympathy, Tourniquet, Torman Maxt, Virgin Black & Remission.
February 22nd 2008
Bombworks Records have signed
the Canadian death metal group Sympathy.
The new CD will be titled Anagogic Tyranny and will feature ten songs of "technical
blackened death metal". Expect the album out in mid 2008.
Underoath recorded songs from a
recent US to release a live record. This album will have twelve songs. Underoath is also
writing for a new studio album. They'll go into the studio within a month with Matt
Goldman And Adam D. So far eight songs are writing. Expect some of the heaviest stuff as
well as some of the most experimental.
will release a 7" from Dalit.
This record will have two songs: Nomad and Silent Genocide. Be quick to get this vinyl
release. Only 100 units were pressed in four different colors.
The Dutch label Dark
Balance have signed Thy
Bleeding Skies. This German/Finnish death metal initiative will release their debut
Chapters Of Downfall on May 5th. Thy Bleeding Skies will also tour Europe, including a
show in The Netherlands on April 23rd.
The third Soul Embraced album, Dead
Alive, will be released on April 29th. The record comes out through Solid State Records.
You can listen to a
new Kekal song on myspace.com. The
track is called Narrow Avenue. Another new tune, The Vampire Song, can be downloaded a
long with more material from other bands as part of the Open Grave sampler. Check this page out.
The 2002 album On
Hallowed Ground from Stairway
will be re-released. It will be available from Amazon, HMV and other online stores from
signed two bands. First of all Sorrowstorm. This is a solo project from Panama. This black
metal one man band is active since 2000. Sullen Records will release Onward. This album
contains improved, revamped and partially re-recorded songs as well as new tracks. The
other band is Northern Ash. This band blends black metal, death metal and thrash metal.
The line-up features Felipe Diez (from Sorrowstorm and Encryptor) and Todd Brandt
(Transfigural Form and Eden In Ruins). Their debut album The Age Of Irrationality will
come out in the spring. You can hear their music on myspace.
The Resurrection Band will do
reunion shows this year. They are booked for the Cornerstone Festival as well as the Unity
You can download
a new file containing the Art For The Ears radio show. It's the February 15th 2008 show,
featuring Grimmark, As I Lay Dying, Flyleaf, Veni Domine, Pantokrator, My Silent Wake,
Stellar Kart, August Burns Red, Seventh Angel, Opposition Of One, 12 Stones & Seventh
February 15th 2008
My Silent Wake is working on a
new album. They have booked the studio in March. The new disc will be recorded in the
Kewsound Studio, the same studio they used for previous efforts. My Silent Wake hopes to
have the album ready by the summer.
On April 8th the new
P.O.D. album When Angels &
Serpents Dance appears. The first single is Addicted. When Angels & Serpents Dance
contains a couple of guest appearances: Paige Hamilton (Helmet), Mike Muir (Suicidal
Tendencies) on the track Kaliforn-Eye-A, The Marley Sisters, and a gospel choir.
will release the third Holy Blood
album in April. The record is called The Patriot and you can download the track Well
Tried Faith to get an impression. The CD will also contain an multimedia part.
Rob Rock is busy as ever. Now it's been
announced that he can be heard on Fires Of Babylon. This is eighties heavy metal. The
line-up includes guitarist Lou St. Paul (Winter's Bane), bassist Kelly Conlon (formerly of
Death), drummer Robert Falzano (Annihilator) and, of course, singer Rob Rock. Lyrically
the album has themes based on relationships, struggles and triumphs, political
commentary, and Biblical world views. The album will be released by Metal Heaven. You can
download three samples, taken from the songs Devilution, Falling To Pieces and When The Kingdom Comes.
first bands are announced that will play the annual Flevo Festival. Two of the bands included are Tourniquet and Project
86. Also booked are: Ruth, Fire Flight, Flatfoot 56 and a few others.
You can download
a new file containing the Art For The Ears radio show. It's the February 8th 2008 show,
featuring Thousand Foot Krutch, Demon Hunter, Grand Lux, Veni Domine, Deliverance, Living
Sacrifice, Zenith Of Abolition, Project 86, Rob Rock & Mehida.
February 12th 2008
News flash: Art
For The Ears has a new forum. You can find it right here. The main language on
the forum is Dutch, as most visitors are from The Netherlands.
February 8th 2008
Living Sacrifice is back
together! Founding members Bruce Fitzhugh (vocals/guitars) and Lance Garvin (drums) have
reunited with Rocky Gray (guitar) and Arthur Green (bass). The band will be on tour this
summer and they are already writing material for a new album. Expect this record this
The Showdown have signed to a
new record label, yet to be announced. Right now they are working on a new album. The band
should be in the studio in March.
Kekal is nominated for Best Avantgarde Metal Album 2007 by Metal
Storm. Please vote for the band.
Saviour Machine will release a
Legend Part I - 2 Disc Limited Signature Edition on March 24th. The disc will contain the
following songs: A Prophecy; Legend I:I/The Lamb; The Eyes Of The Storm; The Night; The
Sword Of Islam; The Invasion Of Israel; WWII - The Final Conflict III; Ten - The Empire;
The Best; Antichrist I. It will be a 70+ minutes CD with all new remixes and extended
mixes of the mentioned songs.
Liberty N' Justice will release
their best-of album 4-All The Best Of LNJ on April 1st. For a limited time you can hear
Dale and Troy Thompson of Bride on the LNJ myspace.com page. The
song was written by Dale, Troy, Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire) and Justin Murr (Liberty N'
You can download
a new file containing the Art For The Ears radio show. It's the February 1st 2008 show,
featuring MxpX, Still Remains, Opposition Of One, Veni Domine, Pantokrator, Seventh
Avenue, Megadeth, War of Ages, August Burns Red, Virgin Black & Project 86.
February 1st 2008
Seventh Avenue have finished their
new album Terium. This record will be released on March 28th. For the release of the album
Seventh Avenue will work with Massacre Records again.
Remove The Earth is
the new album from Advent that Solid State Records will release on February 12th. Right
now you can listen to the song The Cost on myspace.
Another Solid State
band is mychildren mybride. They
have posted the new song Headshot on their myspace.com page. This song is off of their
upcoming record Unbreakable. The album comes out on February 26th.
The Brittish death
metal band Bloodwork is
working on an album.
In case you're
wondering when the new Altera
Enigma album sees the light of day: the band is still working on it. But it will take
longer than initially expected. All members are busy with other bands as well.
The Swedish melodic
metal band Incrave (formerly known as
Evergrace) will release Dead End on April 25th. This is first album under the moniker of
Incrave. Ulterium Records will put the CD on the market. Dead End contains ten tracks and
the song Shattered can be listened to on the band's myspace.com page.
From Norway comes
death metal formation In Vain. They
are working on new material. They hope to enter the studio to record a new album this
You can download the title track
from the new P.O.D. album
When Angels & Serpents Dance for free.
On April 5th the
second annual Legens Of Rock festival will be held in Haus Ennepetal in Ennepetal (near
Wuppertal), Germany. This festival will bring bands back to Europe that once played the
annual Christmas Rock Night. One of them is Bloodgood. This band played the CRN in 1987.
The line-up of the band now also features Oz Fox (Stryper). Other bands booked are:
Whitecross, Stavesacre, Blindside, Narnia, Seventh Avenue, Glenn Kaiser Band and more. For
more information go the festival site
Old Lengsel is hardly recognisable on the new album. Only three tracks
make me think of Solace, but even these songs differ from Solace in many ways. The rest of
the album is extravagant, experimental and has different..... (read the
Warlight - The Bloodchronicles (Whirlwind Records)
This is Norwegian punk 'n roll in the vein of Silver. This means a raw,
powerful and yet catchy combination of punk rock and rock 'n roll. This is a fairly nice
album. Though the music doesn't sound innovative or original, Warlight knows..... (read
the full review)
Kashee Opeiah - Panic In Solitude (Whirlwind Records)
The music is heavy, devoid of melody, sometimes chaotic, and always
evolving. Kashee Opeiah is not a band that writes songs with the usual construction. Riffs
are followed by other riffs and seldomly..... (read
the full review)
Pantokrator - Aurum (Whirlwind Records)
The songs are more mature and the sound quality is very good. Most of
the songs are uptempo. A few are slower, more depressive and doomy (like the excellent Thy
Feeble Flame). Pantokrator is not..... (read the full
Cottonbomb - Sidman (Whirlwind Records)
Cottonbomb is a German band that plays a raw, bluesy kind of rock.
Sidman is their third album on Whirlwind Records, a label mostly known for its metal and
metalcore acts, like Saphena. Saphena Drummer Axel happens to be one..... (read the full
World To Ashes - Of What There Is To Come (Whirlwind
This new group plays modern death metal with lots of metalcore
influences, especially by using breakdowns. The vocals vary from a growl to a shriek. The
influence from a band like As I Lay Dying is evident in songs like..... (read the full review)
Thy Bleeding Skies - Chapters Of Downfall (Dark Balance)
The group was formed almost two years ago by Claudio Enzler (from
Sacrificium & My Darkest Hate) and JJ Kontoniemi (from Icon Clan & Deuteronomium).
Chapters Of Downfall is their debut with high quality melodic death metal..... (read the full review)
Seventh Avenue - Terium (Massacre Records)
Terium is the sixth full-length album from Seventh Avenue. Fans will
know what to expect, uptempo German power metal with lots of double bass. Listen to this
album, you automatically wonder when.... (read the
The CD only has four songs, but they fill 25 minutes. And what a great
stuff this guy has to offer! The music on the EP can best be described as symphonic black
metal with some death metal influences. The vocals are somewhere.... (read the full review)
Remission - Let The Curtain Rise (Feedback Records)
The album starts perhaps a little too mellow with Safe. In this song
acoustic strumming in the verses is varied with the heavier chorus. But the music sounds
pretty cool. Heavier is Nailed, a song.... (read
the full review)
Gypsy Carns - The Watchman (Trailer Trash Music)
Gypsy Carns is an artist playing a bluesy kind of biker rock. To be
honest, I've never paid much attention to this musical direction, so I'm far from an
expert... What strikes me first are the explicit.... (read the
Stryper - Live In Puerto Rico DVD (Creative Worx
The Live In Puerto Rico DVD looks like a home
video recording. Though the show was filmed with several cameras, the quality is far from
professional. Some moments the footage is vague. The music volume.... (read
the full review)
Rob Rock - Garden Of Chaos (AFM
Garden Of Chaos fits in very well with the rest of the Rob Rock
catalogue. It's not only his powerful vocals that makes the sound of any Rob Rock album.
There's a continuity music wise, with very attractive choruses, a great guitar sound, a
neat.... (read the full review)
Common Yet Forbidden - The
Struggle (Bombworks Records)
The Struggle is the second CD from Common Yet Forbidden. This American
band plays fast paced metal with shrieking and growling vocals. On one hand they are
pretty good. They have.... (read
the full review)
As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between
Us (Metal Blade Records)
As I Lay Dying is back with a new album and what a record it is! This is
their most eclective album so far, also their heaviest and yet most refined record to
date. It's more metal, less hardcore breaks, more great guitar solos and.... (read the
Oratorio - Redemption (Rivel
Redemption is the third release from this Finnish melodic metal band
with some thrash tendencies. The thrash tendencies are clear in the songs Raw and Passing
By (both with cool guitar solos!). The vocals are clean, but.... (read the
Heel - Evil Days (Rivel Records)
Heel is mainly a melodic metal band. Characteristic for this band are
the catchy choruses that are easy to sing a long to, and an overall happy feel of the
album. Each song has a guitar.... (read the full
Pantokrator - A Decade Of
Thoughts (Momentum Scandinavia)
The rest of this best-of is pretty well done with music combining doom
and melodic death metal. Since the release of A Decade Of Thoughts Pantokrator released
their second full length studio album Aurum. Let's hope we'll be able to celebrate a
second decade of thoughts in 2017.... (read
the full review)
Admonish - Insnärjd (Momentum
Let's focus on the music you can hear on this beautifully covered five
song EP. Admonish play atmospheric, melodic black metal. It reminds a lot of Antestor (The
Forsaken era), but the tracks on Insnärjd ... (read the full
Opposition Of One - Screaming
Without Lungs (Guideline Records)
On their second full length album the German hardcore band Opposition Of
One is following a more melodic course. I got to know this band as an energetic, powerful
hardcore group. They still are. But they've succeeded... (read the full review)
Silence The Foe - Shaking
Hallelujah (Guideline Records)
This is music with different elements melted together. It has something
of hardcore, punk rock and something of straight forward rock 'n roll, and a lot of
frantic noises. But the end result is none of these. What a potpourri ... (read
the full review)