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News June/July 2010


Friday July 30th 2010

The new Stryper album The Covering will come out through Big3 Records/Sony on October 13th. The album contains songs from other bands that influenced Stryper through the years.

Becoming The Archetype is working on songs for their next album.

And Disiciple will release a new album in September called Horseshoes & Handgrenades. On myspace you can listen to the new track Dear X (You Don't Own Me).

Bloodgood will be releasing a 25th Anniversary Edition of their first EP Metal Missionaries. The CD will include the original versions of Awake!, Accept The Lamb, Anguish & Pain and Battle Of The Flesh, but also a demo version of a new song and a 16 minute interview with Bloodgood from 1985.

The Brazilian metal band Scelerata found a new vocalist named Fabio Juan. With the new singer they will record their third album this fall. Expect the CD to come out in the first half of 2011.

On September 4th & 5th the Night Of Metal will be held in Assen, The Netherlands. The bands you can see there are: Deuteronomium, Sacrificium, Illuminandi, Veritas Infinita and Rammas Atas. The last band, Rammas Atas, can be described as industrial techno metal. Here's their video for A Man With No Name:

Veritas Infinita is in the middle of recording their first CD. It will contain five melodic/symphonic metal songs. Their former keyboardplayer Maarten van Putten will also participate in this project.


Friday July 23rd 2010

The Awakening will release a new single and possibly an EP just before Christmas. The band is working with various people on some remixes as well.

Norma Jean premiered their new music video on myspace. The video was made for Deathbed Atheist and was directed by Linus Johansson at Popcore Film:

Impending Doom released their new record There Will Be Violence through Facedown Records. The band also made it to the cover of the new HM Magazine.

Through Solace put a new track on myspace called Distant Shores. Another song, Trials, will be added shortly. These songs are the last contributions from Sean to the band and will be featured on the upcoming split EP with Carry The Torch.

Betraying The Martyrs played the Paris Extreme Fest along with Dark Funeral, Arch Enemy and Gorod. Here's the first video, of Being Your Servant

The Deliverance tribute album Temporary Insanity – A Salute to Deliverance will be released on September 1st. This album is a double CD with thirty songs including two songs Deliverance re-recorded. Deliverance also did a cover themselves, covering a song from Vector called The Hunger And The Thirst. You can find the complete track listing here.

Seventh Avenue is still active. In fact, they're collecting ideas for the new CD.

Ted Kirkpatrick - In the shadow of the masters

Ted Kirkpatrick, the drummer for Tourniquet, released another solo project. On the CD In The Shadow Of The Masters he drums along classical music from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Paganini and others. Ted Kirkpatrick previously released Ode To A Roadkill with stoner metal and vocals from animals... Both albums can be purchased at the Tourniquet store.

Red made a video for the song Ordinary World that can be viewed on their website, along with a short documentary about the making of the video. However, redmusiconline.com was down at the moment this was written. Someone put the video also on youtube.com, so you can still have a chance to see it:

Ecthirion has found a session bassist who will play on the new album. Bassist Jeff Ward might also sing on the record. Band leader Gabriel recently recorded piano in a church hall. Drums will be recorded this summer at the Huddersfield University Recording Studios. Here's a video of Jeff playing bass:

Slechtvalk fans who admire the keyboard playing by Premnath may be interested to know he will release a solo album. The record is called A Journey Through The Depths Of The Soul and it comes out in a few months. However, musically Premnath is exploring different musical directions. His solo work is keyboard oriented, easy listening material, with piano, harp, cello, timpani and violin sounds. You can decide for yourself if this is to your taste by visiting his myspace.com page.


Friday July 16th 2010

A Hill To Die Upon is still working on their next album, the follow-up to Infinite Titanic Immortal. One of the new songs is Chant Of The Mighty Offspring. You can listen to a demo version of this track on myspace. A Hill To Die Upon will enter the Random Awesome studio this fall to do the recordings. The mixing will be done in Sweden by none other than former Crimson Moonlight guitarist Erik Tordsson. Pre-orders will be available around February 2011.

Mad Max put the videoclip for Pinky Promise online. The song is taken from the Welcome America album and the footage was filmed by Michael and Juergen at Rocklahoma 2010 and in Memphis and Nashville:

Meridional, the new album from the guys of Norma Jean, is out now.

The upcoming album from Eowyn will be called Beautiful Ashes. More details will be announced soon.

The Showdown put a new song on myspace. The track is called Heavy Lies The Crown and comes from the new album Blood In The Gears (out on August 24th).

Stairway put the following statement on myspace: "If you enjoy clips you hear from new and previous Stairway albums and would like to hear the whole album, please don't download or upload the album illegally. If illegal downloading continues, there will be no future albums from bands like Stairway. Please support the bands and the small labels by buying official downloads and CDs. We make nothing from CDs and downloads, we do this for the pleasure of making music. So long as we can cover future recording costs we shall continue to record new Stairway albums. Many thanks."

Slechtvalk informed that their show with Enslaved that was supposed to take place in De Kade, Zaandam, Holland on October 20th, has been cancelled. The reason for the cancellation are rumors spread about the band. After receiving soms mails from narrow-minded individuals the management of Enslaved got the impression that Slechtvalk is some kind of evangelizing metal band in the veins of Stryper. According to the management, Enslaved does not play with religious or politically motivated bands. On myspace you can read a full statement from Slechtvalk band leader Shamgar.

Rock band Anberlin premiered their new video for Impossible on MTV:

The German punk band Praiser spent time in the studio to record twelve new songs plus a cover track. The new tunes will be available as a free download.

On August 3rd (USA) and September 30th (UK) Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir comes out. This is Dave Mustaine's autobiography. Mustaine was a founding member of Metallica, but is best known for his band Megadeth. With this band he sold more than twenty million albums worldwide. Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir describes his life as a musician, but also his multiple battles with alcohol and drugs, and how Alice Cooper played a role in one of his recoveries. Mustaine also writes about how embracing Christianity helped him repair his relationship with his family and maintain his sobriety.


Friday July 9th 2010

Drummer Yuri Ruley will leave MxPx to focus on family life. The band just celebrated their 18th anniversary. In those eighteen years they sold nearly 2.5 million records. Ruley: "With MxPx being a touring band and constantly on the road 9 months out of the year, I knew at some point it would have to come to an end, but the reality of it is a lot harder than I thought it would be. MxPx has been my second family for nearly two decades, but I need to step away to focus on raising my family."

MxPx will play a farewell show with Yuri Ruley on July 18th in Las Vegas, USA. They will perform the entire third album, Life In General, the most celebrated release to date. After the departure of Ruley MxPx will focus on the completion of their new live DVD and new EP.

The Showdown put a new behind the scenes video online as they work on their next album Blood In The Gears. This record comes out on August 24th through Solid State Records.

Inevitable End are in studio HoBoRec with producer Ulf Blomberg to record their second album.

Want to hear samples of the new Stryper album The Covering? All you need to do is become a follower of Michael Sweet on Twitter.


Friday July 2nd 2010

The new Children 18:3 video for Cover Your Eyes is online now. The song was taken from the new album Rain's 'A Comin'.

Mortification is auditioning drummers. The band has been without a drummer for eight months. Only serious applicants are invited. Mortification is set to play some metal festivals in Europe next year.

Impellitteri is in the studio to work on new material. Their latest album Wicked Maiden is yet to be released in the United States.

Maylene & Sons Of Disaster will release a 7" on July 27th. This record will feature two songs: Where The Saints Roam and Cheap Thrills Cost The Most. It will be accompanied by a digital deluxe version of the album III with the video for Step Up (I'm On It) included.

MyChildren MyBride released their new album Lost Boy. And here's the video for the first single Terra Firma:

World To Ashes is working on new stuff. As they have no shows planned for the summer, they're concentrating on this material.

In The Midst Of Lions will release their new album The Heart Of Man on August 3rd. On their myspace.com profile you can listen to the title track.

Holy Blood has a new video, made for the song Shining Sun:

Pop punk band Amber Pacific has a new video out. It's for the song Three Words. The song comes from the album Virtues. You can view the video here.

Legends Of Rock 2010

On September 18th you can visit the Legends Of Rock festival in Haus Ennepetal, in Ennepetal, Germany. The bands scheduled are Whitecross, Guardian, Shout (with Ken Tamplin), X-sinner, Seventh Angel, Rex Carroll and Seventh Avenue.


Friday June 25th 2010

Kekal will release a new album entitled 8. Guess what? It's their eighth full length album! The name of the record label and the release date are yet to be announced. The track listing is: Track One, Gestalt Principles of Matter Perception, A Linear Passage, Tabula Rasa, Private School of Thought, The Regulars, Departure Gate 8, Heartache Memorial, Let Us Blend, Open World, End Unit of The Universe.

On July 20th a new EP from 12 Stones will come out called The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday. The band worked with producers David Bendeth and Skidd Mills. 12 Stones also has a new single out. We Are One is dedicated to all the men and women serving in the US army.

The nominees for this year's Kerrang! Awards have been announced and Paramore is included in four categories. Paramore is nominated for best video with Brick By Boring Brick, for best live band, for best international act and for best album with Brand New Eyes.

Next tuesday Children 18:3 will release their new album Rain's 'A Comin'. They also shot a video for Cover Your Eyes. Below you can find a video with behind the scenes footage from the filming of the music video:

Children 18:3 also put a new song on their myspace.com profile called Oh Honestly.


Friday June 18th 2010

Mad Max will release a new studio album on July 16th. The record is called Welcome America. In the next four weeks the band will present the first video for the album. This video was shot at the Rocklahoma Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

As I Lay Dying published their music video for the song Parallels from the new album The Powerless Rise:

The Polish band Illuminandi put another new song on myspace. This time it's one of the heavier songs on the new record In Via. The track is called Reborn.

To Speak Of Wolves made a video for You Should've Locked Your Doors Days Ago, using footage from a live performance:

Underoath posted a new video update with keyboard player Chris Dudley talking about the next album:

Bloodwork are working on their next album. They've recorded drums for ten songs. The bass recordings are next.

Tooth & Nail Records offers a Your Summer Soundtrack album that you can download for free. This album contains over fifteen songs from bands like Children 18:3, The Almost, The Letter Black, Sent By Ravens, Write This Down and more.


Friday June 11th 2010

The Showdown will release a new album entitled Blood In The Gears on August 24th. The record was produced by bassist Jeremiah Scott. On the band's myspace.com profile you can listen to the title track.

Paramore published their music video for Careful:

Immortal Souls have booked the Fantom Studio in Tampere, Finland, to record a new album. They have twelve songs ready and a few in the making. Compared to the previous three album, expect more acoustic guitars and the use of keyboards in a few songs

Megadeth perfomed Wake Up Dead at their show in 013, Tilburg, Holland, last Monday:

Krig offers the opportunity to download a live CD for free. The record is called Live In D.F. Bootleg 2010 and you can download it from 4shared.com.

Haste The Day put the new song Wake Up The Sun on myspace.

Also MyChildren MyBride added a new song to their myspace.com profile player. The track is called King Of The Hopeless.

Hawk Nelson played the EO Jongerendag last Saturday. Here's a live video of the event, that took place in a stadium in Arnhem, Holland:

Mass did their CD release show for Sea Of Black on Friday June 4th at the Regent Theatre. Dunbar Productions filmed the concert for the first Mass DVD.

Day Of Fire is on an indefinite hiatus.

Facedown Records is putting out records at high speed. Just out is Life Of Defiance from Call To Preserve.

Another Facedown Records band, A Plea For Purging, will release The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell on July 6th. Check out this video:

Also out on July 6th is Yet from My Epic.

And Impending Doom releases There Will Be Violence through Facedown Records too, on July 20th. This album features guest vocals from Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) and Vincent Bennet (The Acacia Strain).

Metalcore band The Crimson Armada is giving their album Guardians away for free through mediafire.com.

The Dutch band John Coffey is looking for a new vocalist. Singer Art will leave the band in September. This means that by the end of September the band wants to hit the road with a new vocalist. Check out this video for more information:


Friday June 4th 2010

As you probably know, Underoath is working on a new album. They put this video update on myspace:

Project 86 uploaded their music video for Destroyer:

Dark Balance has signed My Silent Wake. This band will release their fourth full album in October 2010. To promote the record, My Silent Wake will tour Europe beginning November 2010. The tour will include festivals like Dutch Doom Days (Baroeg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Brainstorm Festival (Gigant, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands), Blast of Eternity (Heilbronn, Germany) and club shows in at least Germany, Czech and Switzerland.

Want to hear Steve Rowe's new band Wonrowe Vision? On the website of Silver Bullet Records you can stream The White Rock and Run In Circles at this page.

MyChildren MyBride put a video online to show what it's like to record a music video:

And they've published a trailer for the new album Lost Boy:

Intohimo is writing songs for a new album.

Ecthirion is finishing the arrangements of songs for the new album. The band is currently looking for a power metal singer in the vein of Lost Horizon and Sonata Arctica to sing seven or eight tracks.

Children 18:3 put a video online with LeeMarie talking about the upcoming album Rain's 'A Comin':

Also David made a video while bicycling...

Tickets go fast for the Peacedog Festival reunion on July 3rd. If you want to go to this festival, order your ticket online to make sure you get in. One of the bands playing is The Spirit That Guides Us. This band will have a guest appearance of former vocalist Arjen van Wijk (now in People Get Ready, formerly known as This Beautiful Mess).

Speaking of festivals, new bands were added to the line-up for the annual Flevo Festival. Among the booked bands are: Slechtvalk, Burial Earth, Anberlin, Stellar Kart, The Violet Burning, Flatfoot 56, Children 18:3, John Coffey, Remedy Drive, Kutless and Blood Command.

This is a news item for people who can read the Dutch language. The sponsor of this website has published a new crime novel: 

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On his website you can read the prologue. You can order the novel from  Bol.com. If you don't understand the Dutch language, this is definitely not for you! The author also made a short video to display the book:


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