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CANNIBAL CORPSE TO KILL IN MARCH 2006

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).

Pumpkin (7-12-2005)

TOP METALL/HARDCORE ALBUMS OF 2005 AS VOTED BY WRITERS OF SWEDENS CLOSE-UP MAGAZINE

A total of 30 metal, rock and punk writers at Sweden's CloseUp 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"
14. ANNIHILATION TIME "II"
15. BIG BUSINESS "Head for the Shallow"
16. STATICX "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.

www.doom-metal.ru/~solitude-prod


LEAVES' EYES TO RELEASE NEW MINI-CD EARLY IN 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

www.gaia-epicus.com/


CHIMAIRA TO RELEASE SPECIAL-EDITION VERSION OF THEIR SELF-TITLED OPUS

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 COMPLETE WORK ON 3rd ALBUM

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.

http://www.silentvoices.net/


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."



www.theatreoftragedy.com


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"
CLAUSTROPHOBIA "Fulminant"
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"
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS "Demons"

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"
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS "Demons"

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"
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD "Alien"
SOILWORK "Stabbing the Drama"

Attila Csihar (MAYHEM, ex-ABORYM, TORMENTOR):

CODE "Nouveau Gloaming"
ARCTURUS "Sideshow Symphonies"
HYPOCRISY "Virus"

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

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

Roger Miret (AGNOSTIC FRONT):

MADBALL "Legacy"
AGNOSTIC FRONT "Another Voice"
ROGER MIRET AND THE DISASTERS "1984"

Nils Eriksson (NOCTURNAL RITES):

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

Casey Chaos (SCUM, AMEN):

DEATHSPELL OMEGA "Kenose"
1349 "Hellfire"
TURBONEGRO "Party Animals"

Peter Dolving (THE HAUNTED):

MODERN LIFE IS WAR "Witness"
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 albums 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

www.andromedaonline.com


A new album from NORTHER

Finnish metallers NORTHER have lined up the following dates in February/March:

Feb. 25 - Kuopio, FIN - Henry´s Pub
Mar. 10 - Helsinki, FIN Tavastia

As previously reported, NORTHER have set "Till Death Unites Us" as the title of their new album, due on January 25, 2006 via Spinefarm. A single, entitled "Scream", will precede the album before the end of the year.

"Till Death Unites Us" track listing (in no particular order):

01. Scream
02. Throwing My Life Away
03. The End of Our Lives
04. Evil Ladies
05. Drowning
06. Die
07. Everything
08. Alone In the End
09. Norther
10. Omen
11. Fuck You
12. Wasted Years

NORTHER's last release was an EP, entitled "Solution 7". The band's third full-length album, "Death Unlimited", was issued last year through Spinefarm Records.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/


LORDI + UDO&KISS

Drakkar has set a March 3, 2006 release date for the new album from Finland's LORDI, entitled "The Arockalypse". The CD will feature guest appearances by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider (on "They Only Come Out at the Night") and ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick (on "Snowing in Hell").

"Udo has my absolute favourite heavy metal voice," said LORDI leader Mr. Lordi. "I saw U.D.O. on the 'Animal House' tour in 1998. I was there in the first row, and since that I've been to every single U.D.O. and ACCEPT gig in Finland. His voice has influenced me a lot. I'm sure that some fans may have noticed how I sometimes desperately try to imitate his singing style," Mr. Lordi laughed.

Regarding Bruce Kulick's appearance on the CD, LORDI guitarist Amen said, "We are all huge KISS fans, so to co-operate with a legend like Mr. Kulick is the greatest honor we could get! I remember when I was a kid and I saw KISS's video 'Who Wants to Be Lonely' where Bruce Kulick is playing a solo in a shower. Well, of course I wanted to be like him! Me and my friends went to my parents' garden, and while the others spurted water all over me I was playing a guitar it was a lot of fun! This is something I never could have imagined, even in my wildest dreams. To play guitar on the same track with Bruce Kulick is just unbelievable."

"Without KISS, we wouldn't have our little band", added Mr. Lordi. "I grew up in the '80s, and I grew up with KISS with Bruce in the group. So, for me personally in some way, Bruce Kulick is the 'real' lead guitarist of KISS! Also, KISS's musical influence on LORDI comes primarily from the Eighties lineup."

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/



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