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New album of one-man project TANGORODREAM

Mexican Label Witchcraft Records (sub-label American Line Productions) has released new album of one-man project TANGORODREAM from Dotetsk (Ukraine), named as "Twilight Before
Sunrise" . CD includes doom metal 10 tracks in best traditions of Katatonia, Moonspell, Serenades. Also the cover-song to "Alma Mater" (originally by MOONSPELL) is present.
see more here www.tangorodream.narod.ru


Nebel (19-12-2005)


The Finnish doom band Night Must Fall have re-released their demo 'Night Must Fall' on the Russian label Endless Desperation, the cd also contains the rare EP 'Funeral of Mankind' as a bonus.

The cd comes with a 4 page booklet and the first 20 copies of the cd will be autographed by the band.



The recording for the upcoming Solitude Aeturnus album 'Alone', has been delayed.

From the Solitude Aeturnus newsletter;
"Our apologies to everyone yet once again for another delay in getting this recording for 'Alone' started.
We are more than ready but we're having to deal with some red-tape legal paperwork before we can start. It's not something we have control over unfortunately.

Before we can get the necessary money to start recording we must first have these blasted forms/paperwork filled out for Massacre.
Without going into every sordid and boring detail, let's just say that something went wrong with the necessary forms and we're having to go through the process again, which takes about 4 weeks to complete.

So - our plan (assuming all goes well!) is to start the recording process in mid January. Believe me, we're dying to get this album DONE!
The material is stronger than ever and I personally cannot wait to sit around and listen to the album in the comfort of my own home while drinking some powerful british ale, partaking of sacred herb and letting the fists bang the air in a rage of doom metal madness! Yes!! Patience is wearing thin. I'm sure as bold as this will sound - the wait will be worth it.

In nomine heavynay
John Perez/Solitude Aeturnus"

Sad news indeed for us fans, the demo song "Sightless" from the album, is however available on the Brainticket website:http://www.brainticket.com/shopbt/
, it might make the wait easier.


BATHORY: 'In Memory Of Quorthon' Shirts Available, Box Set On The Way

Börje "Boss" Forsberg, owner of Black Mark Records and father of late BATHORY mainman Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, has issued the following statement regarding plans for new BATHORY merchandise and album releases:

"Dearest BATHORY friends, I would like to thank all of you for your supports all the time. All your condolences signed by thousands of letters, e-mails or in any other forms made all of us feel strong. It has been impossible for me to thank all of you the personally way, though I wish I could.

"Many of you asked new material from BATHORY. The 'Bathory - In Memory Of Quorthon' shirt comes to be released first. The shirt shall mind the memory of Quorthon. Kristian Wåhlin, who painted for 'Blood On Ice' and 'Nordland', did paint the motif after the instructions Quorthon left to him few weeks before he died. This artwork was meant to cover the next upcoming BATHORY album.

"I temporary since months work with the 'Bathory – In Memory Of Quorthon' box. It comes to be Quorthon's and BATHORY's completed musical history. Not much informations to be announced right now. It is a very big production, it takes up a great deal of my time to join the musical part with the historical part. The discography alone allready covers 64 pages. Throughout working with all the stuff, I feel Quorthon's on my very side. I’m that sure you all will appreciate the release of the Box I did in memory of Quorthon. More information: to be announced."

The "Bathory - In Memory of Quorthon" t-shirts are available in the "Shop" area of www.blackmark.net' .

Quorthon was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on June 7, 2004. The 39-year-old, widely considered to be one of black metal's founding fathers, reportedly died of heart failure.


AMON AMARTH To Begin Working On New Album In January

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Well, the U.S. tour is over for this time. We've had a fucking great time during these six weeks, and we'd like to thank CHILDREN OF BODOM and their crew for a fantastic tour. Thanks also to TRIVIUM with crew, and good luck on the IN FLAMES tour. Last but not least, thanks to all you fans — old and new — who came to the shows and made every one of them a magical experiense! Special thanks to those of you who bought us beers and booze. We truly appreciate it, and we hope to see you all next time around!

"The plan now is to take a couple of weeks off, before we start working on the new album in January. The recording is scheduled for May/June this year.

"We wish you all the best for the end of this year, and a great 2006!"

AMON AMARTH's latest album, "Fate of Norns", is available on Metal Blade Records.


BEHEMOTH Return Home After 11 Weeks On The Road

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH have finally returned home after completing an 11-week North American trek consisting of 54 shows in both the U.S. (as part of Blackest of the Black tour) and Canada (where they headlined). This tour marked the longest the band had ever been away from their homes.

Commented BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal: "We fuckin' did it! After doing all the U.S. dates, we headed to Canada, where NECRONOMICON joined the tour. And from day one, the whole tour has been a real battle, I can tell you the Canadian weather, especially in these month,s is really friendly. There were places where we had to load in and out in –20 Celsius. Most of the 'venues' were small shitty bars with no real P.A., no backstage, no lighting system. Simply nothing. That's what we used to call the Spartan way, ha ha. But then, pretty much EVERYWHERE people were simply awesome and their endless support and dedication paid off even the harshest conditions! I'm proud. We succeeded. We fuckin' went there, played 26 shows, froze our asses to ice but we fuckin' did it! I hope you crazy fucks appreciate this effort and had at least as much fun as we had, ha ha.

"We'd like to thank our agents, First Row and BCI for putting this tour together, Century Media for making it feel like at home, dudes from NECRONOMICON for all the fun and help, and last but not least, ALL the people who showed up and paid their heavy duty! Keep it up!"

Upcoming BEHEMOTH shows:

Dec. 17 - Bronx Club – Istanbul, TUR
Dec. 18 - Golge Bar – Ankara, TUR
Dec. 30 – Kolinsgborg – Stockholm, SWE (w/ DISSECTION)
Jan. 06 - Enigma Bar – Adelaide, AUS
Jan. 07 - The Esplanade Hotel – Melbourne, AUS
Jan. 08 - The Tote – Melbourne, AUS (under-18 afternoon show)
Jan. 10 - Black Betty’s – Perth, AUS
Jan. 13 - Her Majestys Bar – Brisbane, AUS
Jan. 14 - Gaelic Club – Sydney, AUS (all-ages mini-festival)


ENSIFERUM: Complete 'Dragonheads' Details Revealed

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM, now featuring in its ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, have completed work on their new EP, "Dragonheads", due on February 15, 2006 via Spinefarm Records. The mini-CD was recorded and mixed in November at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki by Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE) and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. It will contain one new track, new studio recordings of several old demo songs, and a couple of traditional Finnish folk covers.

"Dragonheads" track listing:

01. Dragonheads
02. Warrior's Quest
03. Kalevala-Melody
04. White Storm
05. Into Hiding (AMORPHIS cover)
06. Finnish Medley (Karjalan Kunnailla - Myrskyluodon Maija - Metsämiehen Laulu)

Commented ENSIFERUM mainman Markus Toivonen: "I think the sound and musical contents on 'Dragonheads' are quite satisfactory. Everything went very smoothly, although I had my doubts as we now had three new members since we were at studio for the previous time."

The group's next full-length release is scheduled to be recorded in the summer of 2006. A European tour is tentatively slated to kick off in March 2006.

As previously reported, ENSIFERUM will film their New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) 10-year anniversary concert at the Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland for an upcoming DVD.

ENSIFERUM's sophomore album, "Iron", was released in April 2004 through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum" was recorded in the summer of 2003 at Sweet Silence studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, ARTILLERY, MORBID ANGEL).



German "dark Satanic metal band" MYSTIC CIRCLE have finished recording their seventh full-length album, "The Bloody Path of God", due on February 27, 2006 via Dockyard 1, the new company formed by Dirk Putzke, Christine Stephan (both ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records) and Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR). The new CD was recorded at a studio in Ludwigshafen, Germany with former MYSTIC CIRCLE drummer Necrodemon at the production helm. The album contains nine songs, two intros and a cover version of CELTIC FROST's "Circle of the Tyrants". "The new songs are really a blast," the band write on their web site. "It shows the developement from the band all over the years and you can expect killer songs."

MYSTIC CIRCLE issued a "best of" album, entitled "Mystic Circle Unholy Chronicles 1992–2004", in November 2004 via Massacre Records. The CD, which contains 18 songs spanning the group's entire career, includes a bonus DVD, featuring concert and backstage footage, as well as interviews and a video clip.


Finland Proves Once Again That It Is The Most Heavy Metal Country In The World

In case you are not yet absolutely convinced that Finland is the "most heavy metal" country in the world, look no further than this week's official Top 40 single chart (view chart here). Topping the Finnish national chart for the second consecutive week is DIABLO's new single, "Mimic 47", with AJATTARA's (the Finnish "black/dark metal" project featuring former AMORPHIS frontman Pasi Koskinen) Christmas single, "Joulusingle 2005", occupying the No. 2 slot and CHILDREN OF BODOM's "In Your Face" at No. 3. (Note: MADONNA's new single, "Hung Up", is at No. 5.)

As previously reported, DIABLO's new single, "Mimic 47", is available for streaming at this location. The song is the title cut of the Finnish metallers' new album, due in Finland on January 18, 2006 via Gaga Goodies/Poko. The album's first single, "Mimic 47" is backed with a cover of DURAN DURAN's "A View to a Kill".

"Mimic 47" is the follow-up to "Eternium", which received a wider European release through Drakkar Entertainment in September 2004. That album debuted on the Finnish album chart at position No. 3 after it was issued in Finland in January 2004.


BAL-SAGOTH: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

U.K.-based black/death quintet BAL-SAGOTH have set "The Chthonic Chronicles" as the title of their long-awaited sixth album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

"The Chthonic Chronicles" track listing:

01. The Sixth Adulation of His Chthonic Majesty
02. Invocations Beyond The Outer-World Night
03. Six Score and Ten Oblations to a Malefic Avatar
04. The Obsidian Crown Unbound
05. The Fallen Kingdoms of the Abyssal Plain
06. Shackled to the Trilithon of Kutulu
07. The Hammer of the Emperor
08. Unfettering the Hoary Sentinels of Karnak
09. To Storm the Cyclopean Gates of Byzantium
10. Arcana Antediluvia
11. Beneath the Crimson Vaults Of Cydonia
12. Return to Hatheg-Kla


Dockyard 1 X-mas News

Dreamland are still looking forward their gig supporting Nocturnal Rites in Gothenburg on December 15th at Musikens Hus. The video to their stone-melting ballad "Fade Away" is now online on our pagewww.dockyard1.com/dreamland attention: video pops up in seperate window).

After their performance at the Danish Metal Awards, an event broadcasted live on Danish National Radio P3, AS WE FIGHT won the DMeA2005 award for "Best Live Band". AS WE FIGHT scored the title against hard competition, among the other nominees in the category were Hatesphere, Mercenary, Raunchy, Volbeat, Barcode and Mnemic.

UmeЕ's youngest, the thrash-oriented ASSAILANT named their debut album on Dockyard 1 "Nemesis Within". Currently singer Peder Sundqvist is recording his vocals at Hammer Music near Hamburg. Check for updates on the recording in their studio diary.

Next debut album, different direction. Belgium's LOST IN RHONE play beautiful and intense post-hardcore songs. Check the first track "Walk With Deadalus" on their Myspace-Profile. The debut album will be called "Beloved be the ones who sit down" and is in the mastering right now.

DEATH BEFORE DISCO entered the studio on December 1st to start the recording of their new album. The follow-up to the very well received "Party Bullet" will be produced by their drummer Ace Zec. According to the band, they'll record 12 songs, of which they'll choose the best 10 for the album. No title has been set so far.

Release Schedule

Out Now:

AFTER ALL - The Vermin Breed
VANISHING POINT - Embrace The Silence
IN-QUEST - The Comatose Quandaries
AS WE FIGHT - Black Nails and Bloody Wrists
INTEGRITY - Sliver In The Hands Of Time
SAVAGE CIRCUS - Dreamland Manor
DYECREST - This Is My World
ANGEL CREW - One Life One Sentence
PERSUADER - The Hunter
DREAMLAND - Future's Calling

February 20, 2006
LOST IN RHONE - Beloved be the ones who sit down
MYSTIC CIRCLE - The Bloody Path Of God March 20, 2006

WALTARI - Blood Sample

April, 2006

ASSAILANT - Nemesis Within

May, 2006

PERSUADER - When Eden Burns


DARKTHRONE's first ever single and first ever promo video

January 23 2006 would prabably be the hardest day for die-hard true black metal fans around the world due to release of DARKTHRONE's first ever single "Too Old, Too Cold":

1: Too Old, Too Cold
2: High On Cold War +
3: Love In A Void (Siouxsie & The Banshees Cover) +
4: Graveyard Slut (Nocturno on vocals) +
+ Exclusive to the single

Also coming soon is DARKTHRONE's first ever promo video for the track "Too Old, Too Cold".

Available as a CD single (CDVILES145)
Limited Edition 12 on POLAR WHITE vinyl (CDVILEP145)

New DARKTHRONE's album "The Cult Is Alive" is scheduled for release on 27/02/06. Tracklisting:

1: The Cult Of Goliath
2: Too Old, Too Cold
3: Atomic Coming
4: Graveyard Slut (Fenriz on vocals)
5: Underdogs And Overlords
6: Whiskey Funeral
7: De Underjordiske
8: Tyster PЕ Gud
9: Shut Up
10: Forebyggende Krig

DARKTHRONE ARE NOW ONLINE -www.darkthrone.no



MIND'S EYE: is about to release their new album «Walking on H2O» (released through Lion Music on Jan 20th).
As a preview the band is offering two free MP3's on their site. One is an album compilation while the other one is a complete track. The Nazca Lines which drummer/keyboardplayer Daniel Flores describes as “This is somehow the one song that shows most of all the great aspects appearing in the entire record, this is the closest we come to making the record of our dreams, enjoy!”

Album Track Listing:

Earth - The movie
A rabbit in the hat
Equally immortal
Mrs. Clair voyance
Sahara in an hourglass
Out of my system
Umbrellas under the sun
Sacred rules
The Nazca lines
Flight of the An.unna.ki (Instrumental)
Heal my karma
When I whisper
Poseidon says
Bonus track: Sign o' the times


OPETH’s “Ghost Reveries” Named Best Album Of 2005 By Canadian UNRESTRAINED Magazine

Canadian metal magazine Unrestrained! has named OPETH's "Ghost Reveries" the No. 1 Album of 2005 in their year-end issue that will be on stands December 15.

Unrestrained! Top 20 Albums Of 2005 (as chosen by the staff):

01. OPETH - Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
02. NEVERMORE - The Godless Endeavour (Century Media)
03. PRIMORDIAL - The Gathering Wilderness (Metal Blade)
04. CLUTCH - Robot Hive/Exodus (DRT)
05. LURKER OF CHALICE - Lurker Of Chalice (Southern Lord/Total Holocaust)
06. DEATHSPELL OMEGA - Kenose (N.E.D./Ajna Offensive)
07. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - In The Arms Of God (Sanctuary)
08. HYPOCRISY - Virus (Nuclear Blast)
09. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - Alien (Century Media)
10. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - Alaska (Victory)
11. DARK TRANQUILLITY - Character (Century Media)
12. ULVER - The Blood Inside (The End)
13. NAPALM DEATH - The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code (Century Media)
14. RAMMSTEIN - Rosenrot (Universal)
15. TORCHE - Torche (Robotic Empire)
16. GREEN CARNATION - The Quiet Offspring (The End Records)
17. LEAVES' EYES - Vinland Saga (Napalm)
18. JESU - Jesu (Hydra Head)
19. SLOUGH FEG - Atavism (Cruz Del Sur)
20. RED KNIFE LOTTERY - So Much Drama (Uprising)

TRISTANIA Select Producer For New Album

Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA have posted the following message on their official web site:

"The band feels it is about time to reveal some more details regarding the upcoming album.

"It looks like it will be recorded in March, and they are happy to announce that it will be produced by Waldemar Sorychta [LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, SAMAEL].

"For this last week they have been working together with him on the pre-production in their studio. The collaboration seems to work perfect, and they are now confident that he will be the perfect producer for them in order to achieve the best possible result.

"As Waldemar Sorychta has produced some of their favorite metal albums (SAMAEL's 'Ceremony of Opposites', MOONSPELL's 'Wolfheart', and TIAMAT's 'Wildhoney'), they already knew that he was a brilliant producer. It was a huge relief to find that they also are working very well together. In the end, it was exactly what they were hoping for.

"TRISTANIA is confident that next year's album will be a great one. The songs that are ready are really strong, and with Waldemar's skills added , everyone involved are sure it will be a killer."

TRISTANIA's most recent album, "Ashes", is available now on SPV Records



Moscow band LETHAL GUEST (Melodic-Death-Trash-Metal) finished the work with their first album «Suicide By The Other Side». You can listen 12 absolutely different, strong and melodic tracks. It was recorded at musicians' home studio, mastered and mixed at "Dai - records" studio. The album will be released on 2006 february
oficial band site - www.lethal-guest.ru'



Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details of highly anticipated Toto's brand new studio album entitled Falling In Between.
The record will include ten songs in the following track listing: Falling In Between . Dying On My Feet . Bottom Of Your Soul . King Of The World . Hooked . Simple Life . Taint Your World . Let It Go . Spiritual Man . No End In Sight.
Release date in the whole of Europe and Australia has been set on February the 10, 2006. Domestic releases have been finalized in Japan (on King Records), South Korea (on Pony Canyon Records) and Russia (on IronD Records) with more deals to be announced in Eastern Asia, South America and South Africa.

The line-up for Falling In Between is: Steve Lukather guitars and vocals; David Paich keyboards and vocals; Mike Porcaro bass guitar; Simon Phillips drums; Bobby Kimball lead vocals; Greg Phillinganes keyboards and vocals.
Special guests appearing on the album are: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), the Chicago horn section with Jason Scheff, L. Shankar (Peter Gabriel), Lenny Castro, Tom Scott and former members Joseph Williams and Steve Porcaro.



Sweden's WOLVERINE have posted the following message on their official web site:

"It's with mixed feelings we have to announce that WOLVERINE is no longer a part of Earache Records.

"We released 'Cold Light of Monday' through Earache and we also re-released 'The Window Purpose' through them, two albums that we are very proud of. However, during the last months it became obvious that Earache wasn't the right label for us and that they wouldn't do 'Still', our upcoming album, justice.

"Being without a label is of course not the most ideal of situations for a band but at the same time we are confident that we'll find a label that suits us much better than Earache did.

"We would like to appologize to the fans that have been expecting 'Still' to be released soon. We hope you find comfort in the fact that the entire band feels that parting ways with Earache was the only right decision to make. With a little luck the album will be out in a not too distant future. Hopefully you'll feel when you listen to it that it was worth the wait.

"The hunt for a new label is on. Wish us luck! We'll keep you posted!"

As previously reported, "Still" was recorded in part at Spacelab studio in Tönisvorst, Germany. The follow-up to 2003's "Cold Light of Monday" was produced by Oliver Philipps, Christian "Moschus" Moos and WOLVERINE and was mixed at the end of August.

”Still” track listing:
01. A House of Plague
02. Bleeding
03. Taste of Sand
04. Nothing More
05. Sleepy Town
06. Liar on the Mount
07. Hiding
08. This Cold Heart of Mine
09. And She Slowly Dies


Drummer Aquiles Priester (ANGRA), virtuoso keyboardist Richard Andersson (TIME REQUIEM, MAJESTIC, SPACE ODYSSEY) and vocalist Jonathan Murphy (MCBRAIN DAMAGE) are among the musicians contributing to the new demo recording from STYGIA, the project of Todd Seitz, an up-and-coming "shred" guitarist from Pittsburgh, PA.

According to Seitz, the STYGIA album will have a concept of Conan the Barbarian and the stories of Robert E. Howard. Todd's influences will combine to make a dark fantasy come to life in the form of progressive power metal.

Priester will be laying down drum tracks for the demo this month. Soon to follow, Andersson will be working on parts for the demo. Murphy will record vocals and Todd will be playing all guitar and bass parts. After the demo is complete, the grand lineup for STYGIA will be confirmed. There will be multiple vocalists and guest soloists on the album from many well-known metal bands. Most names will be kept confidential until a record deal is negotiated.

For more information, check out



Legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes reports on his web site that he recently became godfather of his buddy/drummer Chad Smith's (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) son Cole."I thought you would like to see what a beautiful child my godson is," Glenn said. "I am proud to be godfather to our dear friend's Chad and Nancy Smith's boy Cole. He is the apple of my eye and a very good, sweet boy. I am very honored."

According to Billboard.com, Hughes is gearing up to record his next solo release, with the aid of Smith and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist John Frusciante. The yet-to-be-titled release will be recorded in January and is on target for a May release.

"I've written more songs than ever before on this record," Hughes told Billboard.com. "[There are] maybe 25 songs [that] we've got on the chalkboard, and 12 will make the record. It's funk, rock, soul, and pop all mixed together in a big soup. I'm probably going to have some real strings and maybe some more orchestrated songs. This one, and I'll quote Chad here, is going to be the most varied record I've ever done."

The album will be recorded at Smith's home in the and is tipped to feature tracks like "Oil and Water", "Frail", "Black Light", "Stepping On" and "The Valiant Denial". Also playing on the set will be guitarist J.J. Marsh, who has appeared on Hughes' last several solo releases


Legendary death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have set "Kill" as the title of their tenth album, due on March 21 via Metal Blade Records. The CD is being recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL).

With regards the CD's musical direction, the band had previously said, "We are doing everything we can to make sure it's the heaviest, most brutal one we've ever made."

CANNIBAL CORPSE have yet to announce a permanent replacement for guitarist Jack Owen, who left the band in 2004. The group have been utilizing session musicians for their recent touring activities, including Jeremy Turner (ex-ORIGIN) and Rob Barrett (who played with the band from 1993 to 1997 and appeared on "The Bleeding" and "Vile" albums).


A total of 30 metal, rock and punk writers at Sweden's Close–Up magazine have voted in the magazine's annual critics' album-of-the-year poll. The final results were as follows:

01. SYSTEM OF A DOWN – "Mezmerize"
02. OPETH – "Ghost Reveries"
03. NINE INCH NAILS – "With Teeth"
04. THE MARS VOLTA – "Frances the Mute"
05. MUNICIPAL WASTE – "Hazardous Mutation"
06. TURBONEGRO – "Party Animals"
07. NILE – "Annihilation of the Wicked"
08. HELLACOPTERS – "Rock & Roll Is Dead"
09. NEVERMORE – "This Godless Endeavor"
10. BLINDSIDE – "The Great Depression"
11. CANDLEMASS – "Candlemass"
12. DARK FUNERAL – "Attera Totus Sanctus"
13. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – "Lullabies to Paralyze"
15. BIG BUSINESS – "Head for the Shallow"
16. STATIC–X – "Start a War"
17. CROWBAR – "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden "
18. HYPOCRISY – "Virus"
19. PORCUPINE TREE – "Deadwing"
20. DOZER – "Through the Eyes of Heathens"

ECLESSIAST - signed a deal with Solitude Productions

After long searches for the publisher for their last album "Holod" Novgorod (Russia) based band ECLESSIAST signed a deal with Solitude Productions. The full-length will be released tately this year, or early 2006. Follow our news! Label also plan to release the previous ECLESSIAST album, "Kogda Mertvye Vetvi Vospryanut Ot Snov" in summer 2006.



LEAVES' EYES male vocalist/programmer Alex Krull revealed to Germany's magazine that the group are planning on releasing a new mini-CD in early 2006. No further information is currently available.

In addition to Krull, LEAVES' EYES features Alex's wife Liv Kristine (ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) as well as other members of Krull's long-running German metal outfit ATROCITY.

As previously reported, LEAVES' EYES and ATROCITY will be teaming up for a South American tour in April 2006. LEAVES' EYES' sophomore album, "Vinland Saga", was released in May via Napalm Records.

GAIA EPICUS – plans for a new album

In a post on their website the band GAIA EPICUS announced their plans of recording a new album in 2006. The tentative title will be "Victory" and the tentative tracklist is as follow:

1. New Life
2. Iron Curtain
3. The Sign
4. Revenge Is Sweet
5. In Memory
6. Awaken The Monster
7. Rise Of The Empire
8. When Darkness Falls
9. Fortress Of Solitude
10. Through The Fire
11. Victory



On January 10, 2006, CHIMAIRA will release a special, limited edition, two-disc version of their critically acclaimed, self-titled third album. Featuring the full-length album, seven live songs and two previously unreleased tracks, the special edition of "Chimaira" will be packaged in an all-black, glossy jewel case. The follow-up to 2003's "Impossibility of Reason", the original version of "Chimaira", which was just named one of the year's best albums by both Revolver and Decibel magazines, was released on August 9, and debuted at No. 10 on the Top Hard Rock chart. In addition to the stellar first-week sales, the album, called "bleakly thrilling" by the New York Times, quickly ascended to #1 at Metal/Specialty Radio where it stayed for several weeks. CHIMAIRA is currently on a headlining tour overseas supporting the album and will be back in the States for their annual holiday shows taking place on December 29-30 at the Odeon in Cleveland, OH.

"We are extremely proud of this album," states vocalist Mark Hunter. "We poured our heart into these songs and are excited to give our fans something more for their money." The live songs, including "Power Trip", "Cleansation", "Severed", "Eyes of a Criminal", "Down Again", "The Dehumanizing Process" and "Pure Hatred", were culled from the band's DVD, "The Dehumanizing Process", which was recorded in Tilburg, Holland on October 6, 2003. "Clayden" and "Malignant" are two songs recorded during the "Chimaira" sessions that were not included on the original release. The special edition was released in very limited numbers overseas simultaneously with the regular version that was available in the States.


SILENT VOICES, the Finnish melodic metal band featuring SONATA ARCTICA keyboardist keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg, REQUIEM/MENTAL CARE FOUNDATION bassist Pasi Kauppinen and SENTIMENT singer Michael Henneken, have completed work on their third album. Entitled "Building up the Apathy" the CD's musical direction is being described as "considerably more progressive" than that on the group's previous album, 2004's "Infernal".

"Building up the Apathy" was recorded at Studio 57 by Kauppinen, mixed at Sonic Pump studios by Nino Laurenne (AMORPHIS, WINTERSUN, WARMEN) and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsberg (STRATOVARIUS, APOCALYPTICA). The CD will be released in Japan on Avalon/Marquee on January 21, 2006, in France on February 20 and in the rest of the world on February 27 through Plastic Head distribution.


THEATRE OF TRAGEDY album title revealed

THEATRE OF TRAGEDY album title revealed

The following message was posted at the band's official site:
"After months in the studio, the work on the new Theatre of Tragedy album is coming to an end.
Producer Rico Darum has met up with mixmaster Greg Reely(Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy etc) at The Green Jacket, Richmond, BC, Canada. What remains is the final twisting and turning of knobs.
12 songs have been picked out of the 15 that were recorded.

10 will make it to the the final version of the album. The remaining songs will either be bonustracks or included on future releases.

The title for the 6th Theatre of Tragedy album will be "Storm".
Some of the songtitles that will be included on the album are "Storm", "Begin and End", "Disintegration", Fade" and "Dust".
More titles will be revealed later on."


Heavy metal/hard rock musicians list their favorite albums of 2005

In the December/January issue of the Swedish magazine Close-Up, a number of heavy metal/hard rock musicians list their favorite albums of 2005.

Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA):

BIOHAZARD – "Means to an End"
EXODUS – "Shovel Headed Kill Machine"

Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES):

NINE INCH NAILS - "With teeth"
10 YEARS – "The Autumn Effect"
COHEED AND CAMBRIA – "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV – Volume One…"

Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS)

OPETH – "Ghost Reveries"
ARCH ENEMY – "Doomsday Machine"

Nergal (BEHEMOTH):

SYSTEM OF A DOWN – "Mezmerize"
NEVERMORE – "This Godless Endeavor"
NINE INCH NAILS – "With Teeth"

Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD):

SYSTEM OF A DOWN – "Mezmerize"
GOD FORBID – "IV: Constitution of Treason”
CHIMAIRA – "Chimaira"

Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY):

OBITUARY – "Frozen in Time"
GOJIRA – "From Mars to Sirius"

Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH):

CHILDREN OF BODOM – "Are You Dead Yet?"
EPICA – "Consign to Oblivion"
MOONSORROW – "Verisäkeet"

John Tardy (OBITUARY):

MADBALL – "Legacy"
RED CHORD – "Clients"
SCUM – "Gospels for the Sick"

Anders Nyström (KATATONIA):

OPETH – "Ghost Reveries"
SOILWORK – "Stabbing the Drama"


CODE – "Nouveau Gloaming"
ARCTURUS – "Sideshow Symphonies"

Jörgen Sandström (VICIOUS ART, ex-GRAVE, ENTOMBED):

TRAUMA – "Determination"
LOST SOUL – "Chaostream"
MUSTASCH – "Powerhouse"


MADBALL – "Legacy"
AGNOSTIC FRONT – "Another Voice"

Nils Eriksson (NOCTURNAL RITES):

MASTERPLAN – "Aeronautics"
SOILWORK – "Stabbing the Drama"
JOURNEY – "Generations"

Casey Chaos (SCUM, AMEN):

1349 – "Hellfire"
TURBONEGRO – "Party Animals"

Peter Dolving (THE HAUNTED):

RINGWORM – "Justice Replaced by Revenge"
EARTH – "Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method”

Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL):

NOCTURNAL RITES – "Grand Illusion"
JUDAS PRIEST – "Angel of Retribution"
PRIMAL FEAR – "Seven Seals"

Fred Estby (DISMEMBER):

GRAND MAGUS – "Wolf's Return"
THE HELLACOPTERS – "Rock & Roll is Dead"
CANDLEMASS – "Candlemass

ANDROMEDA: new album’s details revealed

Acclaimed Swedish prog-metal band ANDROMEDA will release their third album, "Chimera", in Japan on January 21, 2006 via Marquee/Avalon. A release date for North America, Europe and the rest of the world will soon be announced.

ANDROMEDA's debut album, "Extension of the Wish" (2001), was re-released in Europe via New Hawen/Century Media. The new version features vocals by new singer David Fremberg, a new mix and two bonus tracks,

Chimera" track listing:

01. Periscope
02. In the End
03. The Hidden Riddle
04. Going Under
05. The Cage of Me
06. No Guidelines
07. Iskenderun
08. Inner Circle
09. Blink of an Eye


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