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ANUBIS GATE Launch Online Studio Diary

Danish melodic progressive power metal band ANUBIS GATE will enter the studio this summer to record their third album. The CD will be produced by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR), who is also the new lead singer in the band. This will be Jacob's first vocal preformance with ANUBIS GATE. An online diary tracking the progress of the songwriting sessions for the new album has been launched at this location.


McAllen (28-4-2006)

BLIND GUARDIAN To Release Orchestral Album In 2008

Guitarist Andre Olbrich of the German power metal giants BLIND GUARDIAN revealed in an interview with Metal Temple magazine's Michael Dalakos that the band has been working on a strictly orchestral album, due for release in 2008.


EVANESCENCE: 'The Open Door' Delayed Until October

MTV.com is reporting that EVANESCENCE's follow-up to 2003's "Fallen", entitled "The Open Door", will be released on October 3 via Wind-Up Records.


NECROPHOBIC: New Song Samples Posted Online

Audio samples of the new NECROPHOBIC tracks "I Strike with Wrath" and "The Crossing" have been posted online at this location. Both songs come off the Swedish death metallers' fifth album, "Hrimthursum", due on May 22 via Regain Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Bloodhymns" was recorded at the House of Voodoo Studio with engineers Anders Bentell and Fredrik Folkare (guitarist and producer of UNLEASHED) and was mastered at Tailor Maid Production in Stockholm with Peter In de Betou.

"Hrimthursum" (a word taken from the old Norse mythology which means "The Frost Giants") will feature the following track listing:
01. The Slaughter of Baby Jesus
02. Blinded vy Light, Enlightened by Darkness
03. I Strike with Wrath
04. Age of Chaos
05. Bloodshed Eyes
06. The Crossing
07. Eternal Winter
08. Death Immaculate
09. Sitra Ahra
10. Serpents (Beneath the Forest of the Dead)
11. Black Hate
12. Hrimthursum



Threshold's brand new CD "Surface To Stage" was released on 27 March. You can hear mp3 clips at www.thresh.net. The 72 minute live CD was recorded during Threshold's last European tour.

1. Mission Profile (8.22)
2. Ground Control (7.12)
3. Into The Light (8.51)
4. Echoes Of Life (8.28)
5. Long Way Home (5.57)
6. Opium (6.29)
7. The Art Of Reason (10.06)
8. Pressure (5.22)
9. Flags And Footprints (5.10)
10. Light And Space (6.05).
Total running time: 72 minutes

"Surface To Stage" is a direct-to-fan release available to buy from www.thresh.net.

Mac: vocals
Karl Groom: guitars / backing vocals
Nick Midson: guitars
Richard West: keyboards / backing vocals
Steve Anderson: bass / backing vocals
Johanne James: drums


SINISTER Begin Writing New Material

Despite the fact that their latest CD, "Afterburner", has only just been released through Nuclear Blast Records, reunited Dutch death metallers SINISTER have already commenced the songwriting process for their next album, tentatively titled "No Mercyful God".

SINISTER's current lineup consists of Aad Kloosterwaard, drummer and founder of the band, on vocals, Alex Paul on guitar, Paul Beltman (ex-JUDGEMENT DAY) on drums, and Bas van den Bogaard on bass.


VINTERSORG: New Album Title Revealed

VINTERSORG, the Swedish band led by BORKNAGAR frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg), have set "Solens Rötter" (Swedish for "The Sun's Roots") as the title of their new album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Napalm Records.

The follow-up to 2004's "The Focusing Blur" will not feature contributions from Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT, DEATH) and drummer Asgeir Mickelson (SPIRAL ARCHITECT, BORKNAGAR), both of whom performed on the band's last two releases.


PERSUADER: 'When Eden Burns' Track Listing, Artwork Revealed

PERSUADER, the Swedish winners of the 2003 "Young Metal Gods" award, will release their third full-length effort, entitled "When Eden Burns", on May 15 via Dockyard 1, the new company formed by Dirk Putzke, Christine Stephan (both ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records) and Sielck. The follow-up to 2004's "Evolution Purgatory" (Sanctuary/Noise) was recorded at Powerhouse studio in Hamburg, Germany with producer (and SAVAGE CIRCUS bandmate) Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR).

"When Eden Burns" track listing:
01. Twisted Eyes
02. Slaves Of Labour
03. Sending You Back
04. R.S Knights
05. The Return
06. When Eden Burns
07. Judas Immortal
08. Doomsday News
09. Zion
10. Enter Reality
11. Alight The Heavens (Japanese bonus)

PERSUADER members Jens Karlsson (vocals, guitar) and Emil Norberg (lead guitar) have teamed up with Sielck and former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch in a new band called SAVAGE CIRCUS. The group's debut album, "Dreamland Manor", was released last August via Dockyard 1.


ANOTHER LIFE Announce Touring Lineup

ANOTHER LIFE, the Swedish project featuring Andreas Karlsson (ex-PAGANIZER, RIBSPREADER) and Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, PAN THY MONIUM), have secured a touring lineup to promote their upcoming debut album, "Memories from Nothing", due on April 20 via VIC Records. It is as follows:

Andreas Karlsson - Vocals
Fredrik Pettersson - Lead Guitar
Andreas Ottosson - Bass
Christian Ahlsen - Guitar
Niklas Ottosson - Keyboards
August Lengquist - Drums

Commented Karlsson: "We entered the rehearsal room today and rehearsed two songs from 'Memories From Nothing'. Everything went well and the plan is to be ready for live shows at the end of the summer."

A teaser MP3 containing selections from "Memories from Nothing" can be downloaded at this location.'

"Memories from Nothing" track listing:
01. Firstborn Unicorn
02. Falling Apart
03. The End Of Days
04. I Am Nothing
05. Cotton Pines
06. Everlasting
07. The Last Goodbye
08. The Everflow
09. Poltava (Part I, Part II, Part III)


FALCONER: New Album Title Announced

Swedish epic/power metallers FALCONER have set "Northwind" as the title of their new album — their first since the departure of singer Kristoffer Göbel and return of Mathias Blad. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Catch the Shadows", "Northwind", "Legend and the Lore", "Waltz with the Dead", "Long Gone By" and "Tower of the Queen".



Israeli metal band ORPHANED LAND have announced that Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE will produce their next album, entitled "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR".

Commented ORPHANED LAND vocalist Kobi Farhi: "We are a big fans of Steven's works, we are very much exited that we will work together and we are sure we will make an unforgettable album!"

Added Wilson: "I'm very happy to have the opportunity to work with ORPHANED LAND, one of the most unique and ambitious metal bands on the scene. I know we are going to make an extraordinary album together."

ORPHANED LAND is a band which combines progressive heavy/death-metal rock with ethnic Middle Eastern/Arabic/Israeli elements, a unique hybrid of styles that contributed to Steven's decision to work with them. The group have recorded three albums to date, the most recent of which, "Mabool", was their Century Media debut.


Mikael Akerfeldt, Mike Portnoy and Steven Wilson is teaming up in project

Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt is teaming up with Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson in an as yet unnamed band.


CATTLE DECAPITATION: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have set "Karma.Bloody.Karma." as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June/July via Metal Blade Records. The CD was produced by Billy Anderson (SWANS, MR. BUNGLE, SLEEP) and features guest appearances by Joey Karam (THE LOCUST) and John Wiese (SUNN0))), BASTARD NOISE).

"Karma.Bloody.Karma." track listing:
01. Intro
02. Unintelligent Design
03. Success Is…(Hanging By the Neck)
04. One Thousand Times Decapitation
05. The Carcass Derrick
06. Total Gore
07. Bereavement
08. Suspended In Coprolite
09. Alone At The Landfill
10. Karma.Bloody.Karma.
11. The New Dawn
12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence



Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, have inked a deal with Shiver Records for the release of their new album, "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture". The CD was recorded at Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, ABORTED) and was mixed and mastered will at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden under the supervision of producer Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, DIMMU BORGIR, THE HAUNTED, OLD MAN'S CHILD). PAIN OF SALVATION singer Daniel Gildenlöw is featured as a guest vocalist on one entire song ("Threnody For An Endling"), for which he has written the melody and vocal pattern himself. A May release is expected.

"Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture" track listing:

Chapter 1: The Chainreaction is Initiated:
01. Incognation
02. Demons Shelter Within
03. Ashes To Flesh (mp3)'
04. A Nation In Atrophy
05. The Midnight Grotesque

Chapter 2: The Chainreaction is Terminated
06. Prophet Set To Witness
07. Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture
08. Threnody For An Endling (feat. Daniel Gildenlöw)

Chapter 3: The Chainreaction is Saturated
09. Ravager
10. Of Genesis And Apocalypse
11. Foreboding
12. Shackles Cross
13. The Omniscient


Ozzy Osbourne decided to leave BLACK SABBATH

Ozzy Osbourne decided to leave the ranks of legendary band BLACK SABBATH due to personal reasons. His wife and group manager, Sharon, found the replacement in person of her daughter Kelly. Young girl has already started to learn the huge number of BLACK SABBATH songs for the tour along Amazon river.

Also the variant of Tonny Aiomi replacing by Victor Zinchuk.



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