their new album The Evil Addiction Destroying Machine. They need to sell 1000 copies
through retail sales, and another 1000 copies through wholesale channels to cover the
project cost wise. The band is also working on the 20th Anniversary album. This album will
have five re-recorded classics: Nocturnal, Grind Planetarium, Impulsation, Hammer Of God
and The Majestic Infiltration Of Order. And the album will have fifteen live tracks from
five different shows including the first Mortification show ever (June 1990) and the
band's performance at the Nordic Fest in 2007.
Youngside Records has now
officially signed Coriolis.
This band plays music in the vein of Circle Of Dust, Klank, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
The band's debut album is sold out, but Youngside Records will re-release the album with a
bonus track. Expect it out in late June. Coriolis can also be seen at the Cornerstone
ska/rock/punk band Make Up Your Mind
recently went to Switzerland for the Springtime Festival. They made a short video with
impressions from this trip:
Grave Forsaken has
released a new album called This Day Forth. The Australian band plays thrash, combined
with death and doom.
Another new release
is Apocalyptic Visions from the promising UK band Ecthirion. They play
atmospheric metal with influences from classical music, folk music, Spanish music and
Becoming The Archetype
will record a single they will release on iTunes. The song is called Necrotizing
Fasciitis. They are recording it with Matt Malpass in Atlanta.
Sacrificium has a new
bassist. His name is Thorsten and plays bass for three years. You can see him live for the
first on June 16th, when Sacrificium plays in the Backstage in Munich with The Black
Narnia published the
artwork for their new album Course Of A Generation. The artwork was made by Carlos
Barbosa/Artiside from Brazil, while the logo was redesigned by Rainer Mittelstädt, InLine
design, Germany. The songs are: Sail Around The World; When The Stars Are Falling; Curse
Of A Generation; Scared; Kings Will Come; Rain; Armageddon; One Way To Freedom; Miles
Away; Behind The Curtain. Here's the cover:
The Norwegians from In Vain have delayed their new
album after the summer.
Ulterium Records will
release a limited 12" picture-disc edition of the new Impelliteri album Wicked Maiden
on August 4th. The LP will be strictly limited to 250 copies. Side A contains: Wicked
Maiden; Last Of A Dying Breed; Weapons Of Mass Distortion; Garden Of Eden; The Vision.
Side B has: Eyes Of An Angel; Hi-School Revolution; Wonderful Life; Holy Man; The Battle
Want to know what MxPx has been up to? Check out their video
MeWithoutYou has a new
album out called It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!
Angel posted the first song from their upcoming album The Dust Of Years on myspace. The song
is called Chaos Of Dreams.
And on myspace you can also hear a new
song from Emery called Curbside Goodbye. This is a track from the upcoming album ...In
Shallow Seas We Sail, coming out on June 2nd.
Two guys from the
now defunct band Still
Remains have started a new group called Juleus. Former SR members Mike Church and
drummer AJ Barrette (who played in The Showdown as well) are in Juleus. They've started
their myspace page which
features a demo video.
Fans of black metal
Moonlight will have to be patient. Right now the band is going through a difficult
period as only two members are left: Pilgrim and Gustav - founding members. However , they
have decided to continue, but they are not able to do their gig at the Elements Of Rock
Festival in Switzerland. Right now they are uncertain as to the future of the band, but
they hope to find new members and "record the most furious and atmospheric album in
Hardcore band Call To Preserve are returning home from touring to start working on
their new album. Check out this old video of Unsinkable:
Spoken will be writing and
recording a new album over the next few months.
During May the
Swedish band Darkwater will stream
their entire debut album Calling The Earth To Witness on myspace. Thus the band
want to celebrate the fact that the record was released two years ago. Right now Darkwater
is working on new material. They hope to enter the studio later this year.
premiered the latest video from As I
Lay Dying. This video was compiled from live footage recorded over the years. The song
featured is I Never Wanted from the An Ocean Between Us album:
Eden In Ruins and
Transfigural Form will be ended. Both were projects from Todd Brandt. He will focus on his
Nothern Ash two-man-band.
Believer has been
rehearsing to start playing live shows. They also are also starting to write riffs for
their fifth album.
signed a deal with Whirlwind
Records from Germany. The band will record their fourth album in November/December. To
ease the waiting time, Whirlwind Records will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the band
by releasing a compilation album with old songs and some demo versions of new songs.
The new August
Burns Red album comes out on July 14th. The disc is called Constellations. The album
was produced by Jason Suecof (Sevendust, All That Remains, God Forbid, Trivium).
Constellations is the follow-up to Messengers that sold over 80,000 copies.
The Chariot's new album Wars
And Rumors Of Wars is streaming in its entirety on their myspace page now. The album
is out next week. You can also view the new video for Daggers:
Hardcore band Everdown is back. They've
recorded two new tracks. One of the songs is called WD-40.
hardcore, the German band Today
Forever released their new album Profound Measures. You can listen to the album here (hit
the tiny play buttons in front of the song titles).
First Records has signed In The Midst of Lions. This group plays deathcore and technical metal,
inspired by bands such as The Faceless, Meshuggah and Veil Of Maya.
Sympathy will be
recording again this month. They will do twelve songs for an album called Beast. Some of
the song titles are: Kill The Prophet; Infidel; Inspired By Evil; We Are The Dead; The
Rise Of The Strong; Wargod. The album will be released through Bombworks Records. On myspace you can hear a
demo of Kill The Prophet.
The new Seventh
Angel album is now being manufactured. The album is called The Dust Of Years and
here's the cover:
has cancelled their European tour. Their singer Jani Aki-Hukkala was taken into hospital
due to a seriously infected cecal appendix. He's not able to work for the next three
weeks. Callisto regrets much they had to cancel the tour, but hope to reschedule it in the
A group that wasn't featured here before, is heavy rock band Crooked X. They released their
self-titled debut album in January through EMI/Capitol Records. Check out this video:
Foot Krutch is working hard on their next release. This one will be called Welcome To
The Masquerade. It comes out this Fall.
is also in the studio, recording their new album.
Wake are planning to enter the studio in July to record songs for the split album with
The Drowning. They also want to make a promo video this summer.
The German hard rock band Mad Max was voted no. #3 in the readers poll for the May issue of
Heavy Magazine. They landed just after AC/DC.
released their new album Victory By Surrender.
April 24th 2009
This Is Who We Are,
the first As I Lay Dying DVD has
hit the charts. The triple DVD reached #2 in the Billboard Top Music Videos Chart in its first week out in the USA. A
#3 position was reached in Canada where the DVD has already shipped platinum.
Underoath has a new video out.
It's for the song Too Bright To See Too Loud To Hear from their Lost In The Sound Of
has signed the band Liberty
n' Justice. Their next album has a new title: Light It Up. Expect it out this fall.
Believer posted two new songs from
the Gabriel album on myspace.
Check out Redshift and Medwton.
Fort Knox Amsterdam is breaking up.
Guitarist/vocalist TJ Knox is moving from Amsterdam to Oregon. A farewell show will be
held in The Cave, in Amsterdam, on Saturday May 16th. The show is free.
Pop punk band Stellar Kart will release a
best-of album called Life Is Good: The Best Of Stellar Kart.
And pop punk band FM Static published their video
for Boy Moves To A New Town With Optimistic Outlook:
Rob Jennens has left
hard rock band Stairway. He
has decided to dedicate more of his time to his family. The group will continue as a three
piece and is working on their new album.
For Today will release their
new record Portraits on June 9th. It will be put on the market by Facedown Records.
The Dutch metal band
Docile has a new
bassplayer called Jeremy Regensburg. Right now Docile is working on their next CD. Drums
will be finished in the next week or two.
Want to read an
interview with Wes Hein, from Enigma Records, who signed Stryper in the early eighties? Check this page.
April 17th 2009
will release their Retaliatory Strike EP tomorrow. This will happen at the Immortal Metal
Fest in Nokia in Finland. However, the vinyl version is delayed.
The German metal band Arcane Legion released a new EP called Dark Side Of Men. You can
download songs from Mp3.de.
Stryper will headline
the Saturday night at Rocklahoma
2009. This festival takes place from July 9th through 12th in Pryor, Oklahoma, USA. Other
bands appearing at Rocklahoma are Danger Danger, Mad Max, Anthrax, Saxon, Metal Church,
Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Great White, Bonfire, Vixen and many others.
A new release on Strike First Records is Numbered With The Transgressors
from Earth From Above.
My Silent Wake
put their rendition of Attirition's Two Gods on their myspace.com page. This song
was recorded in the band's home studio for the Attrition tribute album Wrapped In The
Guise Of My Friend.
added a new song to their myspace.com profile. The track is called Daggers and comes from
their new album Wars And Rumors Of War (out May 5th)
Jacobs Dream is recording
their fifth studio album called Beneath The Shadows. It's a concept album about a person
who gets lost in a life of drug addiction. As a result of his actions he loses everything
he loves which sends him on an emotional journey of his own personal hell. Jacobs Dream
hopes to have the new record out in July. The band also filmed their first music video.
It's for the song Welcome To My World from the new album.
Only 8000 copies
will be pressed of Awake, the new Zao
album that comes out on May 5th. The other option is buying the music as a digital
published another preview of the As I
Lay Dying triple DVD This Is Who We Are:
German death metal
band World To Ashes
finished their new album entitled In Contemplation Of Death. It comes out in May through
Emery will release
their new album In Shallow Seas We Sail on June 2nd. Check out the song Cutthroat Collapse
Also As Cities Burn
are getting ready for a new album. The record is called Hell Or High Water and comes out
on April 21st. On myspace
you can listen to two new tracks: Into The Sea and 84 Sheepdog.
And MeWithoutYou has
a new song on myspace as
well. It's called Every Thought A Thought Of You and this one comes from their upcoming
album It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright. The disc comes out
on May 19th.
Dreamt Music (an
imprint of Facedown Records) signed Sleep For Sleepers. Their debut album The Clearing appears on May
The Chariot has a new song on
myspace called Evolve. It comes from the Wars And Rumors Of War album that they will
release on May 5th.
Miseration will enter the
Panic Room studio in late June with producer Tomas "Plec" Johansson. They will
record the follow-up to Your Demons - Their Angels. The new disc will be called The
Mirroring Shadow. It will contain eight to ten songs with hard-hitting, non-compromising
death metal. The album comes out through Lifeforce Records later this year. On May
15th a European tour will start. First appearance is at the Fear Dark Festival in Holland.
They tour with Inevitable End.
Harmony will record a
music video for Prevail, one of the tracks of their Chapter II: Aftermath album.
The band will use the same crew and
director the band Darkwater used for their video The Play. Both bands are on Ulterium Records.
By the way, here's
the video of The Play II from Darkwater:
Theocracy released a
limited edition picture disc version of Mirror Of Souls. There's also a possibility of a
Theocracy European tour this fall.
Darkwater, Incrave, Ivory Moon and Grand Lux (all on Ulterium Records) are writing songs
for upcoming releases.
The Belgian female
fronted metal band Willow's
Whisper is on a hiatus. New drummer Theo left. Right now the band don't feel like
putting energy in finding a drummer again. The planned concerts are cancelled, including
their performance at the Fear Dark Festival in May.
Solution.45 signed a contract
with AFM Records. This band was formed by Christian Älvestam, Mikko Härkin, Jani
Stefanovic, Tom Gardiner, Anders Edlund and Rolf Pilve. Their debut album will be recorded
in the Panic Room studio in September. Producer is Tomas "Plec" Johansson.
The aim is to include ten to twelve
songs on the album.
The Weakening are ready to
announce the release date of an EP called Chaos Harmony.
Melodic rock band Liberty N' Justice are
working on The Cigar Chronicles. This will be their ninth studio album and their fifth all
star project. Four guest vocalist announced so far are Dale & Troy Thompson (Bride),
Marq Torien (Bulletboys) and Chris Holmes (WASP).
Tentative title for the new Bride album is Tsar Bomba.
FM Static has a new album out
called Dear Diary. It's a concept album following the life of Aero, who moves to a new
town. On Purevolume you
can listen to the song Boy Meets Girls (And Visa Versa).
The first seven names are made
known of bands playing the second edition of the Brainstorm Festival.
This festival takes place on November 13th & 14th 2009 in Club Gigant, Apeldoorn,
Holland. These bands are booked so far: Narnia, Harmony, Darkwater, Mad Max, Forsaken,
Deuteronomium and In Vain.
April 3rd 2009
Swedish based label CM Sweden/Rivel Records will release
two new albums on May 15th. First of all Chaos And Greed. This is the new Heel album and the follow-up to Evil
Days. The other album is Higher from ReinXeed. This band is also working on songs for their third album.
ReinXeed hopes to be touring abroad, especially in Japan where they've gained a lot of
fans since their debut record The Light.
The US release date of Callisto's new album Providence is
War Of Ages had their new
video world premier for All Consuming Fire on Headbanger's Ball last Saturday. This live
video was filmed in the Forward hall in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Watch the video on
Interested in reading a lengthy
interview with Kurt Bachman of Believer? Check this out. And here's another interview.
Stryper will do a US tour, starting in
September. They will approximately visit 50 cities. This will be followed by an
international tour in January and February. The 25th Anniversary Tour will be a 2 set
show. The first set will be new Stryper material and include bassist Tracy Ferrie, along
with original members Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet and Oz Fox. The second set will be
classic Stryper hits and will be all 4 original members, including original bassist Tim
Gaines. Michael Sweet Jr's band will be the opening band on the tour. 2009 also marks the
release of Stryper's newest studio album Murder by Pride on Big3 Records.
April 16th Oz Fox's other band Bloodgood
will release a new DVD called Live In Norway.
Pillar is working on a new album.
They're looking for a September 22nd release date.
late April Bride will be recording
their new album. Their idea is to make a fan financed album. This means you can help them
finance the new project. You can donate $20 or more to Bride to help finance the new
project and they
will get you a signed copy of the release when it becomes available. Bride will also mail
you links to places where they will post pre-production recordings of the songs so you can
listen to the project as it is happening. The project will be completed in late June
or early July. Bride accepts Paypal and US money orders. For more information, mail:
The guitar sound is quite good and some ideas are interesting, like the
whistling in Hypothetical Life. Occasionally Coriolis reminds of a lighter and less
impressive version of Rammstein, with... (read the full
Luther-N - Dogmatics (Youngside Records)
If the first two minutes of an album are decisive when listening to it
in a store, hard music fans will stay away from this release. The combination with the
computer-made image will be enough to discourage any headbanger. First... (read the full
Heel - Chaos And Greed (CM Sweden / Rivel
You can hear melodic metal with frequently repeated choruses. It's easy
accessible music that you can sing along to if you like. But at least it's not overdone...
the full review)
Pain Remains - Identity (Bullroser Records)
Pain Remains is a melodic hardcore band from Finland. Most of the
songs display the two guitar approach: One guitarist plays the rhythm parts, the other the
melody. However... (read the
ReinXeed - Higher (CM Sweden/Rivel Records)
This is your thing when you appreciate uptempo music, with lots of
keyboards, fast guitar picking, harmonic vocals and occasionally high pitched singing.
Sometimes you hear a melody or a harmony that is faintly... (read the full
Bridgeshadows - Pray For Rain (Independent /YoungSide
Gothic metal, rock, dance and electronic elements form a convincing
combination. The opening track Feedback is a good example of the bands power. Take the
chorus with its huge guitar... (read
the full review)
ManufraQture - In Spite (Independent /YoungSide Records)
The music of this group is a melting pot of different styles, but it
could be described as an industrial metal sound. In Spite has more variety than such a
description might suggest. For example, there's an amalgam of synthopop... (read the
Seldomly I've heard an independent release that sounded as professional
as this debut album from Honduras. Though the music is a bit softer than what I normally
review, this CD is worth mentioning. Codigo Eterno is a female fronted... (read
the full review)
Templar - Preaching To The Perverted (Black Pope
Music /YoungSide Records)
Better example of the band is Desolator. This track is one of the
highlights on Preaching To The Perverted with its raw vocals and impressive chorus that
will stick itself fast in your memory. Templar singer... (read
the full review)
Believer - Gabriel (Metal Blade Records)
First of all, Gabriel is clear evidence that the guys are still able to
pulling it off. Their three previous albums set the standard high with excellent and
technically challenging thrash metal. Dimensions... (read the full
Callisto - Providence (Fullsteam Records)
Callisto still provides a very rousing and intense atmospheric rock
sound with frequent outbursts. Just listen to great songs like In Session, Statis and the
title track. It's not metalcore, nor extreme metal, but overwhelming... (read the
Indigo - Reach Out (Feedback Records)
Indigo is a new Swedish rock band. Reach Out is their debut album filled
with straight forward soft rock songs. The music is melodic, but hardly heavy. The guitar
playing varies from gentle strumming to... (read the full
Mena Brinno - Wicked Polly (Dark Balance)
Musically this group combines classic heavy metal with folk elements
(mostly flute sounds in many of the songs). But most charachteristic for Mena Brinno is
female singer Katy Decker. She was classically schooled... (read the
Fort Knox Amsterdam - Demo 2008 (Independent)
After a sabbatical year the Dutch rock band Fort Knox Amsterdam returns
with a new line-up and a new demo. Most important change to the band is TJ Knox. He used
to play guitar only. Now... (read
the full review)
Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls (Ulterium Records)
Theocracy plays power metal that sounds quite straight forward. It's not
at all innovative, but it's done so well that it is quite enjoyable. Sometimes there
are... (read the full review)
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)