The new Underoath album Lost In The Sound
Of Separation will be out on September 2nd. There will be three different version of the
CD. The Regular Edition includes the CD only. The Special Edition has the CD plus a forty
minutes DVD featuring a making-of documentary. And the Deluxe Edition contains the CD plus
the documentary DVD plus a hardcover book with 56 pages plus two vinyl records.
You can now listen
to the new track Desperate Times, Desperate Measures on myspace.com.
Royal Anguish is still working on
their new CD The Grand Deception. One of the guest musicians on the album is Meri Tadic,
violin player for Eluveitie. She can be heard in the track Thy Pale Existence.
The Finnish rock
band Deep Insight is working on
their new album. So far three songs are recorded.
The Showdown put the new song
Hephaestus - The Hammer Of The Gods on myspace.
The new album Back Breaker comes out on August 19th.
The Resurrection Band released a
box set with remastered songs. The box contains three CD's plus a DVD. These are the songs
lists: CD1: Waves; Awaiting Your Reply; Broken Promises; Irish Garden; The Return;
Afrikaans; Paint A Picture; Rainbows End; Concert For A Queen; Everytime It Rains;
Colours; Amazing; American Dream; The Struggle; Alienated: The Chair; First Degree Apathy;
The Crossing. CD 2: Military Man; Babylon; Area 312; No Alibi; White Noise; Attention;
Crimes; Tears In The Rain; Love Comes Down; Zuid Afrikan; Shadows; Nervous World; Silence
screams; Light/Light; Rain Dance; Rooster Crow; Altar Of Pain; Right On Time. CD 3: The
House Is On Fire; Where Roses Grow; Lovespeak; Players; Lincolns Train; Land Of Stolen
Breath; Somebody To Love; Reach Of Love; Summerthrow; Song And Dance; Surprised; Across
These Fields; Souls For Hire; Gameroom; Can't Stop Lovin You; Quite Enough. DVD: Military
Man, Afrikaans; Attention; Colours; Players; The Struggle; White Noise; Alienated; Paint A
Picture; Love Comes Down; Lovespeak; In Your Arms; Shadows; Where Roses Grow; Light/Light;
I Will Do My Last Singin'; plus commentary and concept videos, Glenn and Wendi talks from
On September 26th the first
Driver album Sons Of Thunder will come out. Driver was started in the late eighties
by singer Rob Rock and guitarist Roy Z. Earlier this year Driver reunited and Sons Of
Thunder is the result. The track list of the album is: Titans Of Speed; I'm A Warrior; Fly
Away; Heart's On Fire; Sons Of Thunder; Never Give Up; Change Of Heart; Dark World; Winds
Of March; Only Love Can Save Me Now; Tears That I Cry; I Believe In Love.
The new My Silent Wake album will be
called A Garland Of Tears. The new song Cruel Grey Skies can now be listened to on myspace. The song was
recorded at the Kewsound studio in March. A Garland Of Tears will possibly be out around
Next week the new
War Of Ages album Arise And Conquer will come out. You can listen to two new songs on myspace.
You can also hear
Tonight Is War on myspace.
This is a track from Lost Art Of Heaping Coal, the new album from Wrench In The Works.
This album comes out on August 19th.
The inExordium debut album will appear
on September 1st. Expect eleven songs of crushing death metal. If you pre-order the album,
you'll get a link to download the album as soon as the music is mastered, plus receive the
real album on the day of its release. Look for these advantages and more on the inExordium
MyBride put the video of Faithless on purevolume. You can also view it below, in lower quality:
You can listen to
another two songs from Austrian Death Machine on myspace.
The Dutch ska/rock
band Make Up Your Mind started preparing
for their next album. This one should be out in April 2009.
You can download
The Past Behind for free. This is the first cassette edition hardcore band The Lead did when they played
the Cornerstone Festival in 1987. Download it now.
Living Sacrifice released two
new songs: Death Machine and The Battle. The band is working on a new record that will
hopefully come out in early 2009. You can listen to Death Machine on myspace.
July 11th 2008
Mortification finally finished
the editing of their Live Humanitarian DVD. The official release date is September 26th.
It will be released by Nuclear Blast Records. The DVD will be in Region 0, so it can be
played on all DVD-players. Mortification is also getting ready for recording their
fourteenth album. This will happen in March 2009.
The German death
metal band Sacrificium has finished writing the
music of ten songs. They'll start recording four songs for a demo to go shopping for a
The Showdown put the song
Achilles The Backbreaker on myspace. This is one of the tracks of their new album
Back Breaker that will appear on August 19th through Solid State Records.
Bride's new CD has been put on hold.
Dale Thompsons wife Sharon will undergo twelve weeks of chemotherapy, starting July 18th.
Her father went into hospital with heart failure. And his own father suffered a heart
attack a week ago. He underwent triple bypass surgery to save his life. Bride will start
working on the CD again until everyone is healthy.
InExordium will start selling
pre-orders of their debut album. InExordium is the band that rose from the ashes of
Paramaecium. The debut will contain heavy and agressive death metal.
The German group World To Ashes is preparing the
recordings of their debut album.
And death metal band
Sympathy from Canada
finally finished their Anagogic Tyranny album. The artwork is done by Jeff Arwadi (Kekal).
On myspace you can listen to a new version of Enslaved By Depravity.
The line-up for the
Festival is finished. Newly added is Miseration, among others. Two bands will record a
DVD at the fest: Thy Majestie and Morphia.
July 4th 2008
Becoming The Archetype
will soon enter the studio to record their third album. They will do this with a new
line-up. Alex stepped down from the band to focus on his other band Aletheian. He is replaced by
Jon Star, the original guitarist and primary songwriter on the band's debut album
Terminate Damnation. The new songs Becoming The Archetype writes with Jon Star are the
heaviest they've written to date.
Stryper released a new single on i-tunes.
It's the Boston cover Peace Of Mind. Interestingly, the single also features Boston
guitarist Tom Scholz. Stryper singer Michael Sweet is currently on tour with Boston. You
can also listen to the track on myspace.
Kekal is giving away their album 1000
Thoughts Of Violence (2003). It will be available for download till August 31st 2008. Go
to the site of their record company Open Grave Records.
Family Force 5's
full-length album Dance Or Die will be out on August 19th. You can watch a trailer on YouTube
now and check out music on myspace.
singer for Seventh Avenue, was
taken into hospital a week ago. He had the symptoms of a heart attack. The ECG didn't look
good either. But now it seems it wasn't a heart attack but an inflamation of the heart
The German hardcore
band Preacher has four tracks from
their next album on myspace. Those four come from the Mundtot album that will be at the
end of the month. It will contain fifteen tracks.
Miseration has inked a deal with
Lifeforce Records. This label will re-release the debut album Your Demons, Their Angels
this fall. The release date for Europe is September 15th, in the US you can look forward
to the release on October 28th.
June 27th 2008
The British hard rock/metal band Stairway has begun recording
new songs. These will be for a new album. Interestingly, the new front cover was done by
none other than Rodney Matthews. He provided the artwork for the debut CD No Rest: No
Mercy back in 1993. Rodney Matthews also worked for lots of other metal bands, including
Veni Domine, Seventh Angel and Detritus.
Krig has a new album called Stop The
Manipulation. The Brazilian death metal band also made a nice video for the song Bastard
Lost In The Sound of
follow-up to 2006's Define The Great Line, will be available in stores and online
Norma Jean's new album, The Anti
Mother will be out on August 5th. You can check out three new songs on myspace. Norma Jean have
posted a video of them working with Deftone's Chino Moreno in the studio. Check out the
video over at their YouTube page.
Solid State Records
signed The Showdown. Their
new album Back Breaker will come out on August 19th.
Kutless released their new album To
Know That You're Alive.
The obscure Dutch black metal
group Duister Maanlicht
recorded a new track and put it on myspace. The song is called Als Vlammen Haar Verzwelgen
and it's one of the tracks on the next album Hoerenzonen En Heksendochters.
And Dedicated, a Dutch emocore
band, recorded another song that you can hear on myspace.
Hardcore band War Of Ages will
have a new album out on July 22nd. It's called Arise And Conquer. You can hear the song
Through The Flames on myspace.
Last week you could read in this
column that Harmony will
release the End Of My Road EP through Ulterium Records. This will happen on August 11th.
The EP will contain three songs from their upcoming album Chapter II: Aftermath, plus two
exclusive tracks. You can listen to the title track End Of My Road on myspace.
Alice Cooper is about to release
his new record Along Came A Spider. You can listen to the track Vengeance Is Mine on myspace.
The Brainstorm Festival
announced three more bands that will play the first edition: Mena Brinno, World To Ashes
and Picture Of The Moon.
June 20th 2008
Ulterium Records have signed
the melodic metal band Harmony.
This Swedish band debuted in 2003 with Dreaming Awake on Massacre Records. Now the band is
working on two new releases. The first is an EP called End Of My Road. This disc will be
followed by a full album called Chapter II: Aftermath. Expect the album in the fall. The
album is mixed by Pelle Saether.
The Resurrection Band is
releasing a Music To Raise The Dead Box Set. This box set comes out this summer and is the
first career-spanning Rez collection album. It includes three CD's with 52 digitally
re-mastered songs, an 80-page full-color booklet detailing the history of the band with
scores of photos. And it will also contain a DVD with over an hour of unreleased live
Bombworks Records will release
The Patriot, the new Holy Blood album, on July 1st. According to the label, The Patriot is
easily the best album from the band. Expect folk metal from Ukranian origine.
The Weakening has
now three songs on their myspace
profile. They were taken from the latest demo.
The Norwegian punk
'n roll band Warlight is contributing to a One Bad Pig Tribute CD. The song Warlight is
recording is I Scream Sunday. Warlight is one of the new bands on the Whirlwind Records
roster. Check out this video of the song Death To Babylon:
Wonder how InExordium is doing,
recording their debut album? View this video and more on vimeo.com:
June 13th 2008
The new Deuteronomium album From The
Midst Of The Battle will be released August 13th on Bullroser Records. The band now put
the song 3:16 on their myspace
Machine just released the first single off their debut Total Brutal. The track If It
Bleeds, We Can Kill It features the voice of Ahhnold as Dutch from the movie Predator
screaming back and forth with the Predator himself! Click here to check it
released a new album called I Swear.
Also The Famine
released a new album called The Raven And The Reaping. You can listen to the track Killing
For Sport on myspace.
August Burns Red
just shot a new music video for their song Back Burner.
signed Call To Preserve. This hardcore band released their debut album Unsinkable on the
imprint Strike First Records and will now move on to Facedown Records. For this label Call
To Preserve will be recording the new album From Isolation in July. Expect the album out
in Fall 2008. You can listen to pre-production tracks on myspace.
The Light, the debut
album from power metal band ReinXeed
will be out on June 20th. The band is also working on a second album coming later this
year. This second effort will be called Higher.
June 6th 2008
Once Dead, the band formed by
former members of Vengeance Rising, has finished their album Visions Of Hell. The album is
now on its way to their label Open Grave Records. A release date is not set, yet.
initiative Thy Bleeding Skies
is working on new material for their next album. They hope to release it next year. So far
six new song ideas are being arranged.
recording a new Mortification
album in April 2009, followed by a 20th Anniversary album. The idea is to release the new
Mort album mid 2009 and the 20th Anniversary album in 2010. The 20th Anniversary album
will be quite special; Mortification plans to re-record eight classic Mortification songs
with bigger, brighter production and tons of new guitar solos. The songs will be vocally
true to the original recordings. The album will also include six never before released
live tracks, three from 2007 and three from 1990. Mortification is also working on their
Live Humanitarian DVD. Due to illness of the main editor, the project is delayed.
Speaking of illness,
Mortification singer/bassist Steve Rowe was healed from cancer ten years ago. But he's
still struggling with his health. As the costs are rising for him and his family, he's
looking for financial support.
Also the wife of Bride singer Dale Thompson, Sharon,
struggles with her health. She was diagnosed cancer. Right now she has been
pronounced cancer free, but she will stil have to meet with doctors to discuss
chemotherapy and reconstruction surgery. And for the next five years she will have to take
a drug called Tamoxifen. Although the times are difficult for the Thompson family, Bride
is still working on their new album. They hope to enter the studio this summer.
The US metal band Theocracy signed with Ulterium
Records from Sweden. This label will release their second album, Mirror Of Souls, in early
This summer a new Alice Cooper album will see the
light of day. It's called Along Came A Spider.
With all the variety and good musicianship Chapter II: Aftermath is a
more than worthy follow-up to Dreaming Awake. Harmony took their time to mature and this
shows. Hopefully they... (read
the full review)
Scelerata - Darkness And Light (Nightmare Records)
There are quite some good tracks on this CD. The musicianship is great.
Not only do the guitar players to a good job with tight riffs and luxurious solos (for
example in The Spell of Time and Adonai), also the other musicians...... (read
the full review)
Thy Majestie - Dawn (Dark Balance)
Dawn contains a mix of classic metal and power metal with some very nice
melodies, great guitar solos, quite some double bass drumming and atmospheric keyboard
playing and soloing. These guys are...... (read the full
The Rick Ray Band - Violence Marred By Peace (Neurosis
They improved the sound quality of their recordings the last few years
and the compositions on this new disc are some of the most interesting so far. The opening
track is a nice start. But even better is Among The Fire with a real nice melody
line...... (read the full review)
Stonefuze - Stonefuze (Rivel Records)
These guys must be motor bike fanatics, as is shown by a song like Motor
Music. Vocalist Kent Franklin sings: "God loves motor music!" Their previous
album was called Jesus Rides Harley Too (1998)...... (read the
ReinXeed - The Light (Rivel Records)
Songs like The Light, Legacy, Great Hall Of ReinXeed and the
instrumental Heavenly Fire sound pretty cool with lots of great hooks and melodies. And
then there are all these nice guitarsolos! The music sounds even better..... (read the full
Saint - Crime Scene Earth (Independent)
Saint in 2008 has a lot in common with the old band. Still they play
eighties heavy metal. It's not the kind of poppy hair metal Stryper once produced, but
much darker. Darker riffs, darker sounds and a..... (read the
Divinefire - Farewell (Rivel Records)
This final bombastic effort proves only how well this band has gotten.
This is a perfect blend of atmospheric and symphonic metal with extremer styled music like
thrash and death. When the three guys of Divinefire started back..... (read the
Kekal - The Habit Of Fire (Whirlwind Records)
Kekal experiments with different styles, including progressive rock,
fusion, rap and industrial. This avantgarde rock/metal has its own merits. The band
presents a collage of sounds, reminiscent of Altera Enigma at times..... (read the
Lengsel - The Kiss, The Hope (Whirlwind Records)
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