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Former HELLOWEEN Singer To Release New Solo Album In May

Frontiers Records will release former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske's new solo album, simply entitled "Kiske", on May 19.

"Kiske" track listing:
01. Fed By Stones
02. All-Solutions
03. Knew I Would
04. Kings Fall
05. Hearts Are Free
06. The King Of It All
07. Sing My Song
08. Silently Craving
09. Truly
10. Painted
11. Sad As The World

Check out audio samples at this location' .


McAllen (28-3-2006)

CARPATHIAN FOREST: New Song, Album Artwork Posted Online

Norwegian black metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST will release their new album, "Fuck You All!!!!", on May 22 via Season of Mist. The CD will be available in a limited "metalpak" edition and regular jewel case. Songtitles set to appear on the album include "The Frostbitten Woodlands of Norway", "Submit to Satan!!!", "Start Up the Incinerator (Here Comes Another Useless Fool)" (download mp3' ) and "Shut Up, There Is No Excuse To Live..." Check out the cover artwork by CARPATHIAN FOREST mainman Nattefrost at this location.

As previously reported, CARPATHIAN FOREST and KEEP OF KALESSIN will be teaming up for a European tour beginning on April 22 in Aarhus, Denmark.


Childermas - out the shadow

Russian band Childermas will perform on stage again after almost 8-year break. The group will take part in close metal party "Trubaza.Zhest.Zhest.Zhest.", organized by Assault Team Inc., Murmansk (Russia). the party will also feature No Hope, young nu-metal act from Murmansk. In such original way decided the musicians of Childermas remark their "out from shadow". Band will present mostly new stuff, planned to be recorded for group's 4th studio album. Some old songs with former-vocalist R. Possessed (MOR) are to be played too.

GOTTHARD: 'Made In Switzerland' Track Listing Revealed

Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD will release a live album, entitled "Made in Switzerland", on April 28. The CD will include 17 songs that were recorded during a concert at the Hallenstadion in Zürich in December 2005. As a special bonus, the CD will also contain a DVD featuring the complete concert as well as "making-of" footage and many new photos. The complete track listing is as follows:

01. All We Are
02. Dream On
03. Hush
04. Mountain Mama
05. Let It Be
06. Top Of The World
07. I Wonder
08. Said And Done
09. One Life One Soul
10. Nothing Left At All
11. Sister Moon
12. Mighty Quinn
13. In The Name
14. Heaven
15. Lift U Up
16. Anytime, Anywhere
17. Immigrant Song

01. All We Are
02. Dream On
03. Hush
04. Mountain Mama
05. Let It Be
06. Top Of The World
07. I Wonder
08. Said And Done
09. One Life One Soul
10. Nothing Left At All
11. Sister Moon
12. The Other Side Of Me
13. Firedance
14. Battle Of Titans
15. Homerun
16. Mighty Quinn
17. In The Name
18. Heaven
19. Lift U Up
20. Anytime, Anywhere
21. Immigrant Song

Bonus DVD Features:
* Making Of Hallenstadion Show
* Making Of Video "Anytime, Anywhere" with Jenny
* Photogallery
* Videos:
- Anytime, Anywhere
- Lift U Up
- Dream On


SPV acquire new labels

Major German independent record company, SPV, has entered into a joint venture with London based record executive, Del Taylor.

SPV has acquired Del Taylor's Blue and Yellow labels in a deal whereby Del will A&R the labels as well as sign blues, jazz, R&B acts and catalogue to the Blue label and rock acts and catalogue to the Yellow label. In turn the labels will be marketed and distributed worldwide by SPV.

Del Taylor has managed and produced many artists, including the legendary blues musician and broadcaster, Alexis Korner. Del also set up and ran the successful British blues label, Indigo Records for the Trojan Records Group until its sale to Sanctuary Records.

Of SPV, Del Taylor said: "Manfred Schuetz and his team are real music people and SPV is a powerful independent music company that will be able to bring specialist blues and rock music to a wide audience around the world."

Manfred Schuetz, Managing Director of SPV said: "I am very pleased to be working with Del, as after successfully building our Revisited label, specialising in national back catalogue product, with Del and our new Blue and Yellow labels we will be able to further expand our international back catalogue."

The first releases to appear under the new deal are scheduled for May 2006.

ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW: New Album Artwork Posted Online

Reactivated Finnish melodic extreme metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have uploaded the cover artwork for their fifth album, "Before the Bleeding Sun", due in Finland on April 26 via Spinefarm Records. Check it out at this location.

"Before the Bleeding Sun" was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi and at Note-On Studios in Kuopio and marks the group's first release to feature lead guitarist Risto Ruuth (also in SCYRON) and keyboardist Janne Tolsa (also in TAROT).

Commented the band: "The album is damn heavy but still more diverse and more melodic than any of our previous albums. The whole process has rarely been so easy and rewarding for us before, all the pieces really clicked together this time."

"Before the Bleeding Sun" track listing:
01. Sweet Lilith of My Dreams
02. Another Me
03. Red Dawn Rising
04. Upon the Moors
05. Sakura No Rei
06. Sinister Rain
07. Lost Rune of Thunder
08. Tar Still Flows
09. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act I: Before the Bleeding Sun)

Guest vocalists: Lead vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen (SCYRON) and Miriam "Sfinx" Renvåg (RAM-ZET). Backing vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen, Miriam Renvåg, Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA) and Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT).

Altti Veteläinen (vocals, bass)
Jarmo Puolakanaho (guitar)
Risto Ruuth (lead guitar)
Janne Tolsa (keyboards)
Petri Sankala (drums)


SPAWN OF POSSESSION:'Noctambulant' Track Listing Revealed

Swedish technical death metal outfit SPAWN OF POSSESSION have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Noctambulant", due this spring via Neurotic Records. The CD was recorded at Pama Studios in Kristianopel, Sweden with producer Magnus Sedenberg and contains 10 tracks, one being an instrumental intro, as well as several guest contributions, to be revealed later on.

"Noctambulant" track listing:
01. Inception
02. Lash by Lash
03. Solemn they Await
04. Render my Prey
05. Eve of Contempt
06. Sour Flow
07. By a Thousand Deaths Fulfilled
08. Dead & Grotesque
09. In My Own Greed
10. Scorched


Earache Records report - Teenage Goth-Metal girl designs extreme metal racing video game based in Hell

EARACHE RECORDS are proud to announce a joint partnership with Metro 3D, a leading Value Price video games publisher, in conjunction with the games developer Data Design Interactive in the creation of EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING for PlayStation2, PC and PSP all formats which will be due for shipping on 7th July 2006.

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache racing teams burning a lot more than rubber through hell and other wastelands. Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there’ll also be a plethora of extreme Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Cult Of Luna, Beecher, Urkraft, Anata, Mistress, Severe Torture and many others.

EARACHE ARTISTS CONFIRMED AS RACING 'TEAMS' : Mortiis, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Akercocke, Decapitated, Biomechanical, Municipal Waste, The Berzerker, Linea 77, Society 1

Ashley Mortimer, Marketing Manager, Earache Records says:
"Earache prides itself on innovation. As an independent label we've been on the cutting edge of unique and groundbreaking music for 15 years and we relish every opportunity, particularly a new or unusual one. We don't know of any other labels who have released their own game and the cross-marketing possibilities are really exciting. Culturally we don't think music and gaming are so far apart, many music fans play computer games, and nearly all gamers listen to music so we have teamed up with DDI and Metro3D to produce Earache Extreme Metal Racing. Your car shreds the opposition, the soundtrack shreds your ears - what a great combination!"

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING uniquely was conceived and created by 17 year old Gothic metaller Sky Nash and all started as a possible way to not only keep her amused but potentially to dissuade her from following her overworked father into a gaming career.

Frazer Nash of Frazer Nash Communications describes how his daughter created the game during work experience at developer, DDI: “Sky, then just 15, was given a huge responsibility to design her own (tongue in cheek) game. By the end of the first week, she had created a Gothic-looking game, complete with drafted levels and an awesome soundtrack. 12 months on and with professional development courtesy of Sam King and Mike Rooker (art), Mark Gemmell (production), Karl White and Julian Salter (Programming) at DDI. Aimed to appeal to Goth / Rock music fans the world over, Metro 3D have created EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING - a monster of a game.”

Stewart Green MD of Metro 3D says:
“In a very male dominated industry you tend to think in stereotypes so when I heard that Sky, our latest girl on work experience had some design ideas to improve an off road racing game. I initially thought I was going to hear ‘make it pink with rainbows’ but I was very pleasantly surprised to hear she thought we needed the ability to mow down zombies, more carnage with chainsaws and metal spikes, and it just had to have an extreme thumping heavy metal sound track… and so Earache Extreme Metal Racing was born”

“The game is frantic, mad as hell fun, oh and in the end there was some pink … on the headless corpse bride! We have been working with Sky for the past year and the school has already booked her back for next year - to work on the sequel.”

CONQUEST - parted ways with the drummer

TheMetalList Portal has been informed that the drummer Aleksandr "Can" Kasiarum parted ways with the famous ukranian power metal band CONQUEST due to various private and musical disaccordances. Further Can's plans will be known in the nearest future. CONQUEST are now searching for a new drummer.

MASTERPLAN frontman's solo album

MASTERPLAN vocalist Jorn Lande (ex-ARK, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has entered the Norwegian national album at position No. 54 with his fourth solo album, "The Duke" (AFM Records). The CD was produced by Lande and PAGAN'S MIND guitarist Jörn Viggo Lofstad, and was mixed at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark by Tommy Hansen. Recording musicians include:

Jorn Lande (vocals)
Jörn Viggo Lofstad (PAGAN'S MIND) - Guitar
Tore Moren (CARNIVORA) - Guitar
Morty Black (TNT) - Bass
Willy Bendiksen (COMPANY OF SNAKES) -Drums

Also featured on drums is Stian Kristoffersen of PAGAN'S MIND and FIREWIND, who appears on a newly recorded version of "Starfire", from Lande's debut, and the tracks "Stormcrow" and "After the Dying".

"The Duke" includes a cover version of THIN LIZZY's "Are You Ready". Japanese versions of "The Duke" add an extra track, entitled "Noose".


ENTOMBED - EP in June, album in September

Swedish metallers ENTOMBED have pushed back the projected release date of their new full-length album, "Serpent Saints", to September 18. An EP, entitled "When in Sodom", will precede the album on June 6 via Threeman Recordings.

Commented the band: "There were so many great songs to chose from and this is a great way give the fans what they want — more ENTOMBED!"

ENTOMBED's new album is being recorded at Soundland studio in Upplands Väsby, Sweden. The upcoming CD will be the group's first without the contributions of guitarist Uffe Cederlund, who left the band in September.


AMORPHIS - 'Eclipse' chart positions

AMORPHIS's latest album, "Eclipse", has entered the German national chart at position No. 56, Austrian chart at No. 69 and Hungarian chart at No. 29. The CD, which debuted at the top of the Finnish chart, has since moved down to position No. 3.

The follow-up to last year's "Far from the Sun", "Eclipse" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki with engineer Nino Laurenne (THUNDERSTONE). The production duties were handled by the band and Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH) for vocals. The mixing was taken care of by Mikko Karmila (who previously worked with the group on their "Am Universum" CD) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.

AMORPHIS have lined up several festival appearances following their Neckbreaker's Ball European tour (also featuring HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK, ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET and SCAR SYMMETRY), which is scheduled to take place in April.



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