recording a new album. The album will contain ten tracks. The presentation will take place
during the Maata Näkyvissä Festival in Turku, Finland. A single from the album will be
available in internetstores in October.
Zao is working on
a new album. This is the follow-up to The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here (2006). As I Lay
Dying singer Tim Lambesis is producing the album along with Daniel Castleman and Zao
guitarist Scott Mellinger. The band's 1998 album Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest was
recently recognised by Alternative Press as one of the most influential albums of 1998.
is working on a new album called Southern Hospitality. They've finished recording. Now the
album is mixed by Joe Berresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Lost Prophets). The CD comes
out on October 21st.
The latest addition to the Nordic Fest is Tourniquet. Tim Gaines, formerly of Stryper, will join
them on stage as their bassist. Other bands on the Nordic Fest in Oslo are: Seventh Angel, Deuteronomium, My Silent
Wake, Blood Drift, Morgenroede, Arcane Legion, Dalit, Slechtvalk, Thy Majestie, Frail
Grounds & Benea Reach.
Here's the video for
Here We Are by German rock band Mad Max:
September 19th 2008
The German hard rock
band Mad Max will release
a new album called Here We Are on October 1st. With this album they celebrate their 25th
anniversary. The band will make a video of the title track. Here We Are will be released
by A-Minor Records. Mad Max is also invited to be special guest on the Skull Crown Tour
2009 with Axel Rudi Pell.
Congratulations to As I Lay Dying. Two days ago they
won the award for Artist Of The Year at the San Diego Music Awards!
The new Theocracy album Mirror Of Souls
will be released in Europe November 21st by Ulterium Records. The album will be released
in Japan November 25th, and the North American release date is set to December 9th.
Exhale posted a new song from the
upcoming album Blind on myspace.
The song is called Anger. Right now the group is looking for a label.
The annual Nordic Fest is extended with one more
day. The fest takes place from November 13th-16th. The venue is the Sub Scene in Oslo.
Bands booked so far are: Seventh Angel, Deuteronomium, My Silent Wake, Blood Drift,
Morgenroede, Arcane Legion, Dalit, Slechtvalk, Thy Majestie, Frail Grounds & Benea
Want to know how Becoming The Archetype
gets all sorts of strange noises on their next album? Watch this webisode:
Trenches released a
new album called The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole. You can hear new music from the album on myspace.
Haste The Day
released the new single Madman on iTunes. This song is off their upcoming album Dreamer
that comes out on October 14th. Go to their myspace page now to listen
to two more songs off the album, 68 and Haunting.
September 12th 2008
Mortification asks for your
support. On September 26th they will release the Live Humanitarian double dvd through
Nuclear Blast. The band hopes the label will resign them. So, get a copy from NuclearBlast.de! Mortification has 6
months to prove the label that they are a viable band with a strong fan base. The more
DVD's are sold, the better chance they have of a deal for their next studio album they
will record between November and March. This Live Humanitarian double dvd might be a great
idea for a Christmas present...The double dvd is in Region 0, so you can play it on any
guitarist Brian Head Welch
released his first solo album this week on Driven Music Group. The title for this record
is Save Me From Myself. The first single is Flush.
The Once Dead album Visions Of
Hell will be released on October 28th 2008. The members of this group have experience in
playing with bands like Vengeance Rising, Hirax, The Crucified and Fasedown. Visions Of
Hell will be released by Open Grave Records.
from Sweden has inked a deal with Nightmare Records for the North American release of the
new Harmony album Chapter II:
Aftermath. The album will be released in the USA on November 25th.
Stairway is returning to the
studio to continue recording their new album.
There will be ten
tracks on the next Becoming
The Archetype album Dichotomy. These are the songs: Mountain of Souls; Dichotomy;
Artificial Immortality; Self Existent; St. Anne's Lullaby (instrumental); Ransom; Evil
Unseen; How Great Thou Art; Deep Heaven; End Of The Age. Dichotomy is scheduled for
release on November 25th.
Callisto has finished recording
their new album. They're mixing right now. Here's a live video from the song Wormwood, a
track from the previous album Noir:
The German group World To Ashes spent time over the
past weeks to write new material for their next album. They have finished the first part
of the pre-production. Six songs are ready and recorded.
The new album Lost
In The Sound Of Seperation from Underoath entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #8.
September 5th 2008
MxPx is currently planning to release an
album filled with covers.
You can download MxPx's new single Contention.
This is the third single from the Secret Weapon CD. This offer lasts until September 18th,
so be quick! There's also a video for Contention. You can view it on Buzznet.
On November 26th the
new album Mirror Of Souls from Theocracy will come out in Japan through Soundholic Records. The
Japanese release will have all eight songs plus the bonus track Wages Of Sin. A release
date for Europe and North America will be announced soon.
On myspace you can
listen to the new single Favorite Disease from Thousand Foot Krutch. It's a track from
their album The Flame In All Of Us. There's also a video for this song.
Dagon is writing for the next
album. They should be in the studio soon.
Underoath published a video for the
song Desperate Times, Desperate Measures from their new album Lost In The Sound Of
Seperation. You can view it at the MTV2 Headbangers Blog.
August 29th 2008
On October 31st the
next Harmony album
Chapter II: Aftermath will be released in Europe. Release dates for North America and
Japan will be announced soon. The album was mixed by Pelle Saether. The songs on the album
are: Prevail, Aftermath, Rain, Don't Turn Away, Kingdom, Silently We Fade, Inner Peace,
Weak, I Run, Hollow Faces, End Of My Road.
Narnia has a new singer.
His name is Germán Pascual.
He grew up in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, but move to Sweden in his teens. Pascual sang with
various bands, including Minds Eye and Mendez.
Kekal is offering a
free download of their album Acidity. This is for a limited time only. The
offer ends on October 31st 2008.
Bloodgood posted a video of their
concert in Sweden on Youtube. It's the song Demon On The Run. It was recorded in June of
And much more
aggressive, Anguish & Pain:
On September 30th a
new Avian album will come
out. This disc is called Ashes And Madness. Avian is a melodic metal band featuring singer
You can download
the video Austrian Death Machine made for Get To The Choppa.
Angel will re-issue their first two albums through Metal Mind Productions. Both
records will be re-mastered and will contain a bonus track each. One of the bonus tracks
is The Turning Tide.
August 22nd 2008
As I Lay Dying is nominated at the San Diego Music Awards. They're
nominated in the category Artist Of The Year. The band won this award last year. As I Lay
Dying will perform at the 18th annual awards ceremony on September 17th. Other nominees
are: Angels & Airwaves, B-Side Players, Grande Ole Party, Greg Laswell, Peter Sprague,
Switchfoot and Tristan Prettyman.
Wonder what the new
Seventh Angel will sound like? They just put a new song on their myspace profile.
The song is called The Turning Tide and is one of the tracks from the upcoming album.
August Burns Red put
their video of Back Burner online. This is a track from their Messengers album:
Stairway is working hard on
their next album. They hope to have it out in early 2009.
premiered their music video for It's Myself Vs. Being A Man on MTV2's Headbanger's Blog. You can also find it unofficially and in
poorer quality on youtube:
Prophecy is active again. This German metal band released an EP in 1998. Now they have
a new myspace site with three new demo songs.
Soundmass has signed Scourged Flesh. This Australian group was formed by
the brothers Todd and David Kilgallon. The latter is now also drummer in Mortification.
Guitar player for Scourged Flesh is Daniel Holmes, also from Templar.
Underoath put the song The
Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed on their myspace.com page. This song is off their
upcoming album Lost In The Sound Of Seperation, which comes out on September 2nd.
From The Midst Of The Battle, the new Deuteronomium album, made it
to 11th place on Finnish album list on it's first week after release.
August 15th 2008
released their new EP End Of My Road. This EP gives a taste of the upcoming new album
Chapter II: Aftermath. The release date for the album is still to be announced. Listen to
the EP's title track on myspace.
The new X-sinner
album is being manufactured. The title for this album is World Covered In Blood and it's
the follow-up to Loud And Proud. You can hear the title track on myspace.
The next couple of months Docile will be working in the studio to finish it's first full length.
So far, they've got material for 14 to 15 songs. Only 10 or 11 will make the final cut.
Drummer Geert Samuel will produce the album. He also did the first EP (Babylon Ablaze).
Expect the album out in the first quarter of 2009.
The Showdown put another song from the Back Breaker album on myspace. The track is called
Prometheus - The Fires of Deliverance.
August 8th 2008
MxPx released their first 7" picture
disc. This one contains the songs Keep A Beat and Coffee. Only a limited amount of 1,000
copies were printed, so be fast.
Norma Jean has a new record out.
It's called The Anti Mother. On myspace.com
you can listen to a couple of songs.
Success for Austrian Death Machine.
Their debut album Total Brutal entered the Billboard 200 chart at #179, #32 on Billboard
Hard Music Albums, #28 on Billboard Independent Albums Chart, and #7 on the Billboard
Heatseekers chart. Singer Ahhnold commented on this achievement: "WHAT?! No
#1's? BRUTAL! Heatseekers? The only heatseekers I know are missiles! Nyaaahhhh!"
The Showdown put the new
song, Ares - I Am Vengeance up on their myspace.com page. It's a track from the upcoming
album Back Breaker.
signed the band Faith
Factor. Their debut will appear in the next few months.
August 1st 2008
Callisto is returning to the
studio. They will record their third full-length album. The CD will be produced by Jonas
Miseration is planning a tour
in November, after the re-release of their Your Angels - Their Demons album. The band also
has some new songs they hope to record around February/March 2009.
The new Kekal album Audible Minority will be out
in December 2008. The album will have eleven songs, one of them being a cover of Locust
(originally from A-ha). Right now you can download the track The Vampire Song. It's the intention to make the first eight tracks
available for free download. The official album release will have eleven tracks plus
published their new video My Nemesis on Headbangersblog.
Royal Anguish published three
songs from their upcoming album The Grand Deception on myspace. The songs are
Please Educate Me, Thy Pale Existence (featuring Meri Tadic from Eluveitie) and The Grand
Deception (featuring Jasper Pieterson from Morphia).
And Dalit also
released a song to myspace.
The track is called Tears Of Uriah.
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
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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