Friday March 30th 2001
Royal Anguish is currently in the
process of recording their new CD, entitled Mysterion. The recording process, which
started in February of 2000, is beginning to finally take shape. Royal Anguish, in name,
has been around since the early 90's. At that time they were a death metal band out of
South-Eastern Florida, USA. They were one of the bands that worked with A.R.T. Records.
Through them they released an EP entitled Shocking The Priest which garnered moderate
success in the underground. They also recorded a single entitled Retrospect, and started
production on a full length CD. Royal Anguish split from A.R.T. in early 1995, while in
early production of their album The Chronicles Of Autumn Sorrow. They completed this album
independently but because of personal and financial circumstances Royal Anguish was unable
to release these recordings to the public. The band ceased to exist as a live band just
after the completion of the album. In the winter of 1999 the band experienced a rebirth.
Through founding member Matt Knowles and a selection of musicians from around the state of
Florida. February of 2000 saw the beginning of production of Royal Anguish's latest full
length offering, entitled Mysterion. The band hopes to conclude the recording of this
project by the summer of 2001. The most recent addition to the Royal Anguish line-up came
in late 2000 when Corey Steger (ex-Underoath) joined on. He will be doing additional lead
and rhythm guitars and some heavy vocals.
Faithbomb hit the studio to
record songs for their next CD. The band is currently in the studio working on a summer
release. The music is heavier than The American Jesus album. Watch for demo sneak previews
coming soon at MP3.com. The
band also has a new guitarist. New guitarist M.T. has been working hard with Faithbomb in
the studio. The band mentioned in the past that they would be releasing an EP called The
8th Sphere Sessions. Due to some possible legal entanglements, that project has been
Rufio has finally
finished recording their new album Perhaps, I Suppose..., which will come out on June
12th, through the Militia Group, and will be in stores such as Best Buy, Virgin,
Wherehouse, and other chain and local music stores in the US.
Jacks Of All Trades
signed their deal with Rustproof Records for releasing their R U Ready album in the USA
and Canada this summer. The band plans touring for two months in USA this summer. Lowroof
Records is also releasing their album in Central-Europe this summer. Jacks Of All Trades
will sign that deal in a few weeks.
Shiloh, the band with former Society's
Finest member Joel Bailey, will be heading into the studio for a couple of days soon.
Andy Husted, MxPx's original guitarist, joined Mike,
Tom and Yuri in the studio. Andy joined them for the recording of the Renaissance EP to
play and sing. The EP is scheduled for release on May 22nd. It will contain nine songs.
Carl Johan Grimmark,
guitarist for Narnia, headed for
the USA to work with the gothic band Saviour Machine. He did some guitar parts on their long awaited Legend
III album. Last week you could read in this column that the Wisdom Call album will be out
in July. Wisdom Call is the solo project of Christian Liljegren, Narnia singer.
For the fans of Neon Cross there's much to look
for. The band announced the limited re-release of their 1988 debut CD. This is a
re-mastered version of this self-titled disc. It also contains six bonus-tracks. Two of
them are the songs that were on the Californian Metal Compilation Volume I. The other four
are taken from a demo that Neon Cross made just before signing their record-deal in 1987.
The re-release is released by Magdalene Records. Besides this re-release, look for these
new releases from Magdalene Records:
2000 CD & Video: Select cuts from all the bands that performed at the Sanctuary
Reunion, including Neon Cross.
Neon Cross Live: A
complete CD of Neon Cross from that Sanctuary Reunion day covering a wide
range of material from metal to alternative and featuring previously unreleased songs.
Neon Cross II:
Finally the release of the Neon Cross follow up to their self-titled LP from their metal
There's news from
the UK metalband Stairway: The band are all in the studio working on material for the
new CD. There's no release date as yet. Rumors say the new tracks sound excellent.
The Swedish black
metal band Crimson Moonlight
has been rehearsing frequently again. They are in the process of writing new material. The
new stuff is a discovery of a new, more progressive side of Crimson Moonlight. Bassist
Jonathan left the band in late 2000 to focus on his other band, Sanctifica. The
replacement for Jonathan is Samuel.
There's no news from
the former members of the Galactic
Cowboys. Guitarist Wally Farkas has been busy mastering Protools but there's nothing
sure about future releases.
Gnashing Of Teeth is spending
time on writing material for their next album. They've completed about half of an album so
far. The band will be recording at a new studio with a new engineer. Expect the new album
to have a heavy sound. Release date is not known yet.
album Under The Northern Sky of Immortal
Souls is out.
For the fans of King's X there's much to look forward to
this year. There will be a new album of the band. And there will be a Poundhound (Doug
Pinnick) and Ty Tabor solo albums, both expected in June. And there will be a Jelly Jam
(Ex-Platypus) with Ty.
The Norwegian band Lodestar is looking for a new
guitar player. The band will be recording a new full-length album in April/May.
In April the Rob Rock website will be making
available the Rob Rock Promotional Video featuring some live home video footage of the
Christmas Rock Night performance last year. This will be available for only a limited
time. This 23 minute video will be available on VHS and CD-ROM, and sold exclusively
at the Rob Rock homepage. Rob Rock also did vocals on the new Warrior album The Code Of
Life that was released on March 5th. Various European magazines gave the album great
Due to unsettling
news posted on the Robert Sweet
site recently World Gone Mad decided to close the website. The website will be blown to
bits after tomorrow.
For people who plan
to attend this year's Cornerstone
Festival: Sacred Warrior will
be playing on the Encore II stage July 5th, 2001. And Saviour Machine announced they
will be performing for the first time in over 2 1/2 years. This will be on the Saturday,
July 7th, from 11 PM to 2 AM on the Encore I stage.
Saviour Machine is also involved
in the short film Seraglio which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Film
(Live Action). Seraglio features a few seconds of music from The Bride Of Christ as well
as some Saviour Machine memorabilia that is displayed throughout the film. For more
Productions. Here's the release schedule of the new Saviour Machine albums: Legend
Part III Disc 1 is planned for release in July 2001. Legend Part III Disc 2 is planned for
release in December 2001.
Less than fifty days
to go for the second annual Stryper
Expo. This year's expo will be bigger with many new features that have been recently
added. One big difference with this year's expo is that there will be assigned seating for
the concerts and other scheduled events throughout the two day event. The seating is first
come, first serve. Also, after March 31st the ticket price will move up from $30 to $35.
Order 10 or more tickets to save the most. Check out the official site to get your tickets
today. The latest in expo news is that of the Stryper expo Extreme Village! This extra
event will add another five bands to the line-up, making a total of ten bands playing
throughout the weekend. There also will be skateboard demonstrations, even more vendors,
giveaways, and special guest appearances. The Stryper Expo will be on May 18th and 19th,
2001 at the Felix Event Center at the Azusa University, California USA. Tentative start
times: Friday 12:00 Noon and Saturday 10 AM. Featuring a full 90-minute set by Stryper, autograph and Q & A
sessions, merchandise and memorabilia dealers. And there will be musical appearances of: Robert Sweet, Michael Sweet plus Irene Kelly
performing with Tim Gaines, SinDizzy, Oil, Disciple, Laudamus, Ultimatum, East West, Solid Mind, Joshua. Also expect appearances of
Wesley Hein, one of the people responsible for signing Stryper to Enigma Records; Janice
Sweet, the Stryper mom, mother of Michael & Robert Sweet and former Stryper manager;
And Michael Guido.
has found replacement for former guitarist Isaac Deaton. His name is Jimmy Taylor
(formerly of Twotimer). He will be filling for the band during the Spring leg of the The
Penalty Box Tour with Slick Shoes, Calibretto 13 and Rod Laver.
March 23rd 2001
Art For The Ears
added a new message-board to its board community. For all people who understand the Dutch
language this is a place you must visit: AFTE's
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listed on the Overview Page. Add this Overview Page to the favorites on your browser
by clicking on this button:
You're about to meet
some new friends!
There's news from POD. For the past two months POD
have been secluded in a rehearsal studio in San Diego writing material for their new
record for Atlantic Records. Randy Staub who did Metallica's Black album will be
engineering and mixing the record and the band started the three week pre-production with
Howard Benson who will also be co-producing the album. Tracking will start in Los Angeles
on April 9th. It's been said that it will be the most powerful POD record yet. In between
rehearsals P.O.D. managed to fly out for their first ever concert in Canada where they
played to a sold out crowd of 5,000 in Regina, Saskatchewan. On April 6th will appear in
the Winnipeg Arena where 10,000 fans are expected to attend.
The latest addition
to the Solid Rock Festival
in Sweden is Tinnitus from Finland.
The organization of
the Swedish Bob Fest made known that Extol won't be playing this
weekend. Guitarist Tor Magne has caught some sort of infection
in his hand and will not be able to play the guitar for several months. A few weeks ago
the Bob Fest also made known that Veni
Domine won't appear on the festival. Reason was an infection in the throat of singer
Fredrik. However, there's one band added to the line-up: Diamond Dog from Norway.
This band features Morten Husvik, brother of Extol drummer David Husvik. Diamond Dog plays
high energy rock in the vein of the Galactic Cowboys.
Screams Of Abaddon
Part II is still in the works. According to Laceration Productions, this compilation album is going to be bigger
and better, and they are still looking for Christian bands who play any extreme music
style. Screams Of Abaddon will have a better all around production, full color insert and
multimedia enhancements. If you play in a band and are interested, you can get in touch
with Corey Lasley of Laceration Productions at: email@example.com
As you may know, Mortification will be playing in
The Netherlands on the 30th of June. The Dutch promoters of this event are doing a
contest. If you order your tickets before April 20th, you will have a chance to win the
prices. They will be giving away two copies of the new Mortification CD and one copy of
that CD plus a free ticket to the show. There will be a drawing at the end of this period
and the winners will be notified. More info can be obtained at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dutch symphonic
rock band After All have recorded
most parts of their debut album at the Harrow Studio in Losser. In April they hope
to do the last recordings (like backing vocals and some acoustic guitar parts). Mixing
will follow immediately and they hope to have the record done by June.
Here's a short list
of upcoming releases: March 27th 2001: Further Seems Forever - The Moon Is Down (Tooth
& Nail Records); April 3rd 2001: Bride - Fist Full Of Bees (Absolute Records); April
10th 2001: Plankeye - Strange Exchange (Tooth & Nail Records); April 23rd 2001: Steel
Prophet - Book Of The Dead (Nuclear Blast Records); April 24th 2001: Cadet - Cadet (BEC
Recordings); April 24th 2001: All Wound Up - Here (Tooth & Nail Records); May 8th
2001: Soapbox - A Divided Man (Solid State Records); May 8th 2001 - Various Artists - New
Musiq Volume II (Tooth & Nail Records); May 28th 2001: Jacob's Dream - Theater Of War
(Metal Blade Records); June 25th 2001: Virgin Black - Sombre Romantic (Massacre Records);
July 3rd 2001: Stretch Arm Strong - A Revolution Transmission (Solid State Records); July
9th 2001: Wisdom Call - Selftitled (Massacre Records)
releases: Saviour Machine (Massacre Records), Veni Domine (Massacre Records), Ultimatum
(Gutter Records), Betrayal (Independent/Black & White Records), Balance Of Power
(Massacre Records), POD (Atlantic Records), Sacred Warrior (label yet unknown),
Deliverance (Indie Dream Records), Biogenesis (Rowe Productions), Psychoma (Rowe
Productions), Immortal Souls (Little Rose Productions), Mordecai (Little Rose
Productions), The Spirit That Guides Us (Sally Forth Records), Eternal Decision (Godfather
Records), Southern Extremities Brazilian Compilation (Rowe Productions).
March 16th 2001
Finally! Here's the
long-awaited news from Fire Fly.
The band has 18 songs ready and the keyboards and the midi instruments are mostly recorded
for the full-length album. Distribution for the continent of Europe is almost set while
they are working on the rest of the world. Fire Fly had a great time in The Netherlands in
January, meeting old friends and making some new. And they are coming back in the Summer.
The plans for the band are to do the festival circuit and tour most of Europe in support
of the new album. The song Nostalgia from the Swings & Roundabouts EP is due to appear
on the New Musiq compilation that Plastiq Musiq will be releasing soon. Fire Fly also has
new website at a new location.
The band Disciple is looking forward to
their trip to Sweden coming Wednesday for the Bobfest and the Solid Rock Fest. The band
will later return to Europe for a tour through Eastern Europe. They are going there at the
invitation of the Archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Riga and Latvia whom Disciple met
You might wonder if The Deadlines still exists. Well,
the band of Shaun Coffin has a new bass-player, Shorty Valentine, and a new guitarist, Tim
Eucker. Both were in the band The Killaways. Right now the band is working hard on the new
songs and new sounds, practicing two or three times every week. There are 12 or 13 songs
finished. In April they will be recording at the Jackpot Studios in Portland, USA. Details
about album-title and release-date are not known at this moment.
The organization of
the Peacedog Festival has announced
that the fest will not be held in Cultura. Just like last year, it will be in De Kei, Ede,
The Netherlands. They added two bands to their line-up: Brandtson & Morphia.
formerly of Society's
Finest, recently presented his new band's website. The band is called Shiloh and they're from Dallas in Texas,
USA. You can now join their newsletter.
The new Calibretto 13 EP will be released
in June. It has no name yet. On it will be six previously unreleased tracks and it will be
made available through Tooth & Nail Mail-order and at the band's shows.
The band Purge
changed its name to Purgation.
They also have a new CD. Two songs of it can be listened to at MP3.com .
It's a boy! Arthur
Green, bassist for Living
Sacrifice, celebrated the birth of his first born child. Name of the boy is James Cade
You can also
congratulate Zao as their new
titleless album reached the #51 position in the Heatseeker Chart of Billboard Magazine
March 9th 2001
It was already
expected: The Swedish hardcore punkband Soapbox will release their album A Divided Man in the USA. Solid State Records will take
care of it. The release will be on May 8th. The band will also play at the Tooth &
Nail Day at the Cornerstone Festival. Further news from the band: Their Dutch company
Sally Forth Records will release a limited edition LP version of A Divided Man including a
bonus track. Soapbox also plans returning to Holland in the last week of May.
Time for an update
on Veni Domine. The band has been
working hard on the recording of their fourth album. The release date has not yet been
settled but the band hopes to get it out as soon as possible. According to the band the
new record will be really interesting and heavy. However, due to an infection in the
throat of singer Fredrik Sjöholm the band will not perform at the Bob Fest this year.
You might wonder
what band will replace Veni Domine at the Bob Fest. Well, it's none less than Wisdom Call!
Wisdom Call plays classic melodic metal and the line-up features Christian Liljegren and
Andreas Johansson from Narnia. The BobFest show will also be the release show for the
self-titled Wisdom Call album. Here's the schedule for the Bobfest: Friday March 23rd:
21:30-00:30 Concert at Skylten with (in order) Pantokrator, Tekla Knös, Disciple.
Saturday March 24th: 19:00-00:45 Concert at Skylten with (in order) Jacks of All Trades,
Hallowed, Vaakevandring, Extol, Wisdom Call.
Soul Embraced, Solid State Records
new signed band, will be entering the studio in April to record This Is My Blood.
East West has been in the studio for the
past three months recording their new album. The record is almost done. East West signed a
deal with Cinematix Studios. They are releasing Song X to be used in a game coming out
later this year called Renegade Zero. There are talks that East West will be playing the
biggest electronic entertainment expo this year, E3 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
will begin working on their next album in the last week of April to record through the end
of May. The band also added the song Hunger to their MP3.com site. Their song
Overflow has been in the top 20 for over a year in the Spiritual Rock category at Mp3.com.
band Shout will perform at the 2001
Cornerstone Festival on July 5th.
Whispers, the Face Of
Humanity CD, is finally available. Face Of Humanity was the first band on Clenched
Fist Records but due to a pre-mature break up their EP was never released. The label has
re-mastered the EP and released it through MP3.com. This CD is made on CD-R's, guaranteed to play on any CD
player, according to Clenched Fist Records. The EP is an exclusive MP3 only release.
The next release
Clenched Fist Records plans to release through MP3.com is the Soterios material which never saw
the light of day. This is stuff from the time when Soterios was more of a death metal
band. The label will re-master the CD and add exclusive artwork.
March 2nd 2001
News from Slechtvalk. According to Fear Dark, Slechtvalk's record
company, the album Falconry got some very good reviews. Falconry is also selling good. The
album will be reprinted. Furthermore, the Dutch hard music magazine Aardschok has done an interview with
Shamgar, mastermind behind Slechtvalk. The story will be published in the April issue. The
Dutch magazine Nieuwe Revu will also feature Shamgar. And, Slechtvalk will appear on a
compilation of Nascent Frost Productions. This black metal compilation will be called
Legends - Divine Fury. Other bands on the compilation include Exorcism, Infernal
Holocaust, Subiaco Foothills and Zestigma. Slechtvalk is also still looking for another
guitarist and a keyboardist.
MxPx began working on their EP,
tentatively titled The Renaissance EP. This EP will feature eight new songs and will be
released through their own Rock City Recording Company. They are new songs written in the
"Old MxPx Style".
Singer Remco from Crestfall made this known on the
Art For The Ears boards: "The Dutch metalband Crestfall will play at the BinnenBand
Festival on the 17th of March near Amsterdam. But moreover Crestfall has been selected as
one of the ten most interesting bands and they may be playing live in the Radio 3 FM
studio (national pop station in Holland, mpo) if they win this contest. This contest is
set up by X-Noizzz Radio. So if you wanna support this, support Crestfall and surf to XNR, click Binnenband and add your opinion of
Crestfall. Hopefully it may help and metal will be heard on Radio 3 FM. Thanks in
THT Productions has now
released the second full-length CD from Kekal.
This is the follow up of the successful underground debut Beyond The Glimpses Of Dreams.
Title is Embrace The Dead and it features ten tracks with a total of 60 minutes of playing
time. Embrace The Dead has been described as a mixture of black metal, gothic and classic
The Dutch symphonic rock band After All just started the recording of their debut album. The band is
in the Harrow Studio (Flesh Made Sin; Staal; Cirith Gorgor) in Losser, Holland. The
keyboard, drum and bass tracks have all been recorded. Guitar and vocals still have to
follow. The album will probably have six tracks and expect it out in May or June. The band
is also considering changing their name as there's another band called After All. If you
know a good name, tell the band by mailing them: email@example.com
The band Ace Troubleshooter has gone through some
line-up changes. Ben Dewey is their new bassist. With the departure of guitarist
Isaac, Ace Troubleshooter will now work as a three-piece band.
Tooth & Nail Records announced
the signing of a new band to its roster: The reunited band Poor Old Lu. The band features
all original members and will be playing their first show in Seattle on March 31st in
Seattle at The Paradox with Wes Dando.
The Peacedog Festival announced the nucleus
of their festival line-up for this year. Here are the names: Soul-Junk, Screen,
Day-flower, Big Muff, This Beautiful Mess, Crestfall, Luti-Kriss, One Truth, The Spirit
That Guides Us, Kingpin, The Prednisons. Peacedog will be held at Cultura, Ede, The
Netherlands on July 25th 2001.
Coming soon: The Solid Rock Festival in Sweden.
The latest bands added to the line-up of Hallowed, Narnia, Disciple and Laudamus are: Icon
Clan and Preach Boys. The festival will be held in Piteå, Sweden from March
30-April 1st 2001.
February 23rd 2001
As you may know, Tourniquet will be re-releasing some
of their out-of-print CD's. Now you can get an early look at the covers of the re-releases
at the Tourniquet site plus a brief description of each one. They should be ready for
shipping by the end of March. The re-releases also contain live stuff that sounds amazing,
so drummer Ted Kirkpatrick says. The CD's will have 12 page booklets, full color. This has
been a major undertaking in terms of details: gathering, photos, tapes, drawings, liner
notes plus mixing, mastering and artwork.
Here's a brief
update regarding the Martyr/Betrayal
project The Passing Of Time. Due to their commitment to present a product of the highest
quality, the release date will be slightly pushed back. They should have it available by
March 16th. Some features to remind you of are: The CD-ROM version of Frantic that will
have quality video highlights from several shows spanning this Martyr/Betrayal era; The
limited autographed edition from former members Dave Prado, Brian Meuse, Matt Maners, Jeff
Lain & Marcus N. Colon; On February 10th 2001 the above mentioned members got together
in the same room (some not seeing each other for almost ten years, while some met for the
first time) to fellowship and stroll through some old live videos, reminiscing of past
fun, accomplishments & blunders! Though clarity was hard achieved by the mistake of
taking steps towards what a band normally tries to establish, the band now will move
forwards with a donation based system in the distribution of the new Betrayal album In
Remembrance Of Me.
Tooth & Nail Records & Solid State Records put a
whole lot of MP3's on MP3.com. This resulted in Zao reaching #4 on the Metal Charts. Other chart-news, Living Sacrifice's The
Hammering Process became #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock Chart, beating out Annihilator, Earth
Crisis, Children of Bodom and others. On the CMJ Loud Rock Crucial Spins Charts the band
reached #2 with 249 spins! The MP3-links section on the Art For The Ears site now has the
links to all relevant Tooth & Nail, BEC Recordings & Solid State Records bands on MP3.com. Take a
reached renown hard rock singer Ken
Tamplin about the out of print albums. One album in particular has gained more
requests than any other. Therefore, the Ken Tamplin site on MP3.com will have a special
offer from March 2nd through March 7th 2001. However, this is a one-time offer. So, mark
you calendar and join Ken at: MP3.com.
Todd Pope has
decided to quit his Eden In Ruins
This coming May
Tooth & Nail Records and Solid State Records will be sponsoring two US tours featuring
bands from both labels. The first tour is The Tooth & Nail Tour which tentatively
features Living Sacrifice, Ace Troubleshooter, Calibretto 13, Luti-Kriss and guests Rod
Laver. The second tour is The Penalty Box Tour which tentatively features FurtherMore
(hiphop), All Wound Up and Shorthanded. Final lineups are not confirmed at
this time though.
finally found a new bass player. His name is Chris Camp. And back on drums is their
original drummer from their Boot To Head Records days, Chad Davis.
Tooth & Nail
Records are co-releasing with BEC Recordings the new Hangnail album Facing Changes
which hits stores on May 22, 2001. The CD was produced by Bill Stevenson &
Stephen Egerton at the Blasting Room in Colorado.
Embodyment will be entering the
studio in the coming months to record their follow-up to The Narrow Scope Of Things.
February 16th 2001
Balance Of Power have started
the recordings to their new album in December at House of Audio, Karlsdorf, Germany. The
new album's release is scheduled for March 2002.
Finally, the line-up
for Bob Fest 2001 is complete. The
last addition to the line-up is Jacks Of All Trades from Finland.
Dredge will be hitting the
studio very soon to record an all new
album. This one will likely feature six metalcore tracks including several never before
recorded songs. This album will actually be pressed and they will be sending these off to
record companies as well as selling them to the public personally and through
The new Element 101 record Stereo Girl is in
stores now. To celebrate the release of the new record Tooth & Nail Records are having
a stereo girl contest. Take a picture of yourself standing barefoot on top of a TV just
like on the album cover, and mail it to: StereoGirl Contest c/o Tooth & Nail Records,
PO Box 12698, Seattle, WA 98111, USA.Winners will receive a copy of both Element 101 CD's,
posters, stickers and other fun stuff signed by the band. Hint: They're looking for
unusual locations in the photos. Be creative.
The Undecided are mixing their new
album, tentatively titled The Sands Of
Time, at Vancouver's Hipposonic Studios this week. Producing the CD
is Neill King who has worked on albums by Green Day, Jawbreaker, Dance Hall Crashers and
February 9th 2001
The new Steel Prophet CD comes out on April
23rd in Europe. Nuclear Blast Records
will be releasing this album. Cover art and lyrics of this album, Book Of The Dead, can be
found on Steel Prophet's site. On MP3.com
there are MP3 clips of three songs from the Into The Void CD.
Last week you could
read Todd Pope's statement about his Eden
In Ruins project. Shortly after publishing it, I got a message from him again. "I
must issue this letter of apology. I realized after reading the mailing (over 30 times) I
sent out that I was very wrong in sending it out, and that there will in fact be no
'ending' of Eden In Ruins. What prompted this was I got to thinking how many different
ways what I had said, could be misunderstood, and later realized that what I had said was
not in fact a good reason at all, but mere blaming. An I apologize to all of you for
this....There more than likely will not be any news for the next few months, this is
because I will be concentrating on another project with former EIR bassist Michael David.
This will be nothing like my work in Eden In Ruins. I'm not sure what this material is
going to end up sounding like because it is in the writing stage."
The Dutch metalband Crestfall will be playing at the
Binnenband Festival on March 16th and 17th. Tickets for this festival are Fl 27,50.
However, for the fans the band is offering some tickets for only Fl 20,00. If you want to
enjoy this special offer, be quick! You can get in touch with Karsten Flierman via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clenched Fist Records
announced the release of the first full-length CD from Soul Embraced. This death metal
band has just signed with Solid State Records. Soul Embraced consists of two members from Living Sacrifice. The
full-length CD that Clenched Fist Records will be releasing contains seven new songs and 4
tracks from Soul Embraced's independent EP (though re-mastered). The CD will be released
The Living Sacrifice
tribute album that Clenched
Fist Records is working on, is coming together well. They expect a release in March.
This tribute will feature versions of your favorite Living Sacrifice songs. The CD will
also feature past and present members of Living Sacrifice playing on several tracks.
The Soterios CD is coming along nicely.
According to their label, Clenched
Fist Records, the quality of this metalcore release makes it a must for
metal/hardcore/metalcore fans. Expect a late February/early March release date.
Grace For The Fallen has
pushed their recording back due to member changes. The band is still going strong, they
just need time to get their material together.
Spite Of Opposition is going
full-speed and writing new material. Jon and Larry (guitars) will now be sharing vocal
duties. This change has resulted in the most brutal and best sounding Spite Of Opposition
ever. The band plans to record a new CD this summer.
BEC Recordings and Tooth & Nail Records are
working on a Tribute Album for Keith Green. Artists covering songs of Keith Green include
Hangnail, Cadet, MxPx, Starflyer 59, Element 101 and more.
Stretch Arm Strong entered the
studio this week to start recording their second album for Solid State Records. The
tentative title for the record is A Revolution Transmission. The album will be mixed
by Ryan Green in March and you can expect the record on the streets early summer. On the
24th of February the band will play at the Wetlands (matinee show) with Sick of it All,
Kill Your Idols and Fast Times.
Society's Finest has been
working on writing material for their new record. On their MP3 site you can check out a
touches are being made to the much anticipated release of
the video 72 Hours With Disciple,
and the single Not Rock Stars. Due to circumstances beyond the Promoter's control, the
trip to Australia the first week in March has been postponed until 2002.
SinDizzy will be working on some new
recordings soon. Their schedules are tight so it is difficult for them to hook up. The
band also has a new bassist who replaces Tim Gaines. His name is Kevin Walt.
From Flávio of the
Brazilian magazine Metal Mission, I
received some news on the Brazilian scene again:
The Brazilian Metal
Compilation that Steve Rowe has been working on, will see the light this year. Bands that
will be on it are for example Light Hammer, Völlig Heilig and Stauros.
Modern thrash band
Anointing has released a new CD called Isaiah 1:9 with six tracks.
Stauros is preparing to head
back into studio this month to record their new album. Some songs that will appear on the
new CD are: Running Again, A New Chance, Storm Life and Bull Fighter. In the mean time,
the Stauros debut CD, Vento Forte (Strong wind) from 1995, is being re-released by RV
Gospel Records, with remastered songs and a colored cover.
Punk rock band Ruptura has released a four track
single called Cala A Boca, Ja Morreu.
Vox Dei is the name
of a hard rock band from Brazil. They have just released a CD called Resposta Ao Criador
(Answer to the Creator) with 11 songs.
If you like bands
like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains, you might like the new demo CD from
Imperfection. The record is called Strife.
The band Quir Heres has released their demo
Pisa Na Cabeça Do Diabo on which they mix metal, punk and hardcore.
Spirit's Breeze from Rio de Janeiro has a new line-up: Daniel (guitar/vocals), Marquinhos
(drums) and Vânia (bass). The trio is recording a CD Demo with seven tracks, five of them
are old stuff and two are new songs.
old-school heavy metal band has returned among the living. This band was the first
Christian heavy metal band to release an LP in Brazil. This happened in the early
eighties. The band is planning to re-release their work on CD.
Rio de Janeiro has broken up. The former members Jesus, Robinho and Juninho are now with a
new band called Blasterror.
Carla Cristina has
left hardcore band But You Said. This band has a line-up of only women. Their first
demo-tape is expected soon.
changed their line-up too. Vocalist Stony left the band to sing in another band. The band
is in search for a new vocalist while preparing themselves to record their first full
length album. The current line-up is:Alex Oliva (guitar), Isaac Morry (bass) and Caio
(drums). They are searching for a new vocalist and preparing themselves to record their
full length debut album.
Thrash band Soul
Factor plans to put a home-video on the market. The band is also planning to record their
ten track album Soul Factory.
A new up coming band
in São Paulo City with atmospheric doom: Eternal Saviour. The band has six members
including instruments like keyboards, acoustic guitars and violin.
February 2nd 2001
Congratulations for The Juliana Theory who won the
People's Music Choice Award this year with their album Emotion Is Dead. A couple of weeks
ago it was mentioned in this column that you could vote for this plug award. All bands
that were participating in this competition are indie bands. Thanks for voting! The
Juliana Theory is currently working hard on a new EP tentatively entitled Music From
Another Room. This EP are a few songs previously unreleased and songs from the Emotion Is
Dead writing sessions that were not included on the full-length. The EP will come out in
the spring through Initial Records. Furthermore, the band will be doing the West Coast
dates of the Warped Tour this summer.
The band L.E.D. is working on their debut EP.
They've been in the World Wind studio since October, working on their first full-length
CD. They also decided to release the first four songs on an EP titled Spiritual Warfare. A
tentative release date for the Spiritual Warfare EP has been set for February 9th. Songs
included are Tears, Spiritual Warfare and L.E.D. The band also added someone to their
line-up: It's DJ Daddy Cy.
Tooth & Nail
Records is finally posting MP3's on their site again. Go to Tooth & Nail to find
tracks of Ninety Pound Wuss, Puller and The OC Supertones.
Some bad news comes
from Todd Pope of Eden In Ruins:
"Over the period of the last few months (Sept 2000 to present) I have asked countless
times for listeners to send in response and tell me personally what they like or dislike
about the material. Well, the response has been nil, and because of that I have made the
decision to not follow through with recording another album seeing as how it would more
than likely be a waste of my time and money, and would probably not generate any sales.
I'll also need to withdraw Eden In Ruins spot on the Screams Of Abaddon compilation as
well due to the fact that I will be focusing all of my time and energy on another (yet to
be mentioned) metal project."
For those who have
been wondering what Andrew Tompkins of Paramæcium has been up to, there's site informing you about his
writing career. Visit Andrew
The Spirit That Guides Us
is currently finishing their new songs. They will hit the studio late February. Expect
their debut this summer containing ten emo songs. They will probably do a promotion tour
through the Netherlands from the 7th till the 10th of June. The band is also planning to
do some short (European) touring starting at the end of July.
Soapbox has a renewed site with
more pictures and info on these Umeå (Sweden) punkcore rockers.
The band Subatlantic
Starfish changed its name into This Beautiful Mess. In March they'll release the first
single called INRI. The debut album will be called Falling On Deaf Ears.
The Antithesis album Dying For Life
will be released on March 13th through Nightmare Records. You can already download one
song that will be their first single. It's called Consequence and you can find it here.
A rumor says that Michael Sweet's album Truth will be
released to the Japanese market containing two extra songs. An unofficial report says that
the songs will be Water and It's All About Your Face. Those two songs were recorded by
Michael during the Truth recording sessions but didn't appear on the US release.
The band Kekal decided not to release the
Introduce Us To Immortality project by now, because they are preparing to write new
material for their next full-length album. They want to focus on that rather than taking
time to release the 'old scary stuff' they released in the past. Introduce Us To
Immortality was supposed to contain Kekal's non-album tracks made between 1995 and 2000.
Kekal hopes to start recording the new album in March/April 2001. Tentative title is The
Painful Experience. Their Indonesian label THT Productions will release the CD version of
their album Embrace The Dead this month. Kekal also recorded the song Mind Distant
for the Living Sacrifice tribute album that will be released through Clenchedfist Records