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Reunited '80s Thrash band ROTTING CORPSE, whose original lineup included current SOLITUDE AETURNUS mainman John Perez and former DEATH touring guitarist/roadie Walter Trachsler, have announced their first comeback show. The group will be performing at Division One in Arlington, Texas on May 28.

ROTTING CORPSE are planning on releasing all their demos on one CD. No further details are currently available.


Agressor (6-5-2005)

CANDLEMASS: Black Dwarf video posted online

CANDLEMASS's video for the track "Black Dwarf" has been posted online at NuclearBlast.de' (Real player required).

"Black Dwarf" comes off the reunited Swedish doomsters' comeback album, "Candlemass", which was released earlier this week via Nuclear Blast Records.

"Candlemass" was recorded in part at Polar studios (ABBA, GENESIS, LED ZEPPELIN) in Stockholm, Sweden and is said to be musically similar to the group's classic "Tales of Creation" and "Nightfall" albums.


SLAYER guitarist to take part in online chat

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King will take part in an online chat on Saturday, May 14 at 12:00 p.m. PST at Guitar-Guitar.com' . Those who participate in the chat will also have a chance to win a Kerry King War Tribe Pack after the chat.

SLAYER will be making a number of European festival appearances this summer beginning with the Festimad on May 27 in Fuenlabrada, Spain. The group's follow-up to 2001's "God Hates Us All" is expected to surface before the end of the year.


HOUR OF PENANCE's new album

The second album of Italy's most brutal band HOUR OF PENANCE if finished!! "Pageantry For Martyrs" is the sophomore release of this incredible outfit that already impressed the scene with their debut album "Disturbance" in 2003 which got nothing but excellent reviews everywhere. This new album has a superb production and shows a more intense, brutal and mature band that definitely stablish their name in the scene and will be specially appreciated by fans of bands like HATE ETERNAL, NILE and SUFFOCATION.

"Pageantry For Martyrs" includes the following tracks:

01. Towards Our Storm
02. Shreds Of Martyr
03. End Of Relief
04. Celebrating Collective Terror
05. Far Beyond Humiliation
06. Life In A Pain Amplifier
07. Exiled Innocence
08. Naked Knife Absolution
09. Deranged Parasite
10. Egomanisch


STRATOVARIUS To Release New Album In September

Sanctuary Records has set a September 5 release date for the new self-titled album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Maniac Dance
02. Fight
03. Just Carry On
04. Back To Madness
05. Gypsy In Me
06. Götterdämmerung (Zenith of Power)
07. The Land of Ice and Snow
08. Leave The Tribe
09. United

A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot on April 15 in Helsinki by director and guitarist Timo Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION). A photo from the video shoot can be found at this location.

STRATOVARIUS will be teaming up with INTO ETERNITY for a North American tour beginning in mid-September.


PAIN CONFESSOR: 'Ton Of New Tunes' Ready For Upcoming Album

Finnish metallers PAIN CONFESSOR have posted the following message on their official web site:

"PAIN CONFESSOR has been downright busy with writing new material for the upcoming second full-length. We have a ton of new tunes coming along very nicely. Plan is to go and get the album recorded in September. Release will inevitably be situated somewhere in the first half of 2006. Some working titles: 'Powderburns', 'Pathetic Little Soul', 'Life Keeps Bleeding', 'Butterfly', 'Another Door', 'Feardom', 'Nemesis' and plentitude of yet unnamed ones."


AFTER FOREVER Drummer Recovering From Cancer

AFTER FOREVER drummer André Borgman, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year, has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"To all my supporting fans, band, crew, friends..,

"This has been a very difficult period for me, but I finally can make you happy with some very good news. Last Friday I had to go to the hospital for some x-rays of my longues to see if the chemo had done its job. I couldn't be more happy with the result of the photos: they came out almost clean!! On the 11th of May they are going to do a total body scan to see if the little spots on the photo are still cancer and if an operation is needed.

"Thanks for all your great support, cards, videos, cds etc. I couldnt have done it without your help."

AFTER FOREVER recently spent time at the Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany recording their fourth full-length album, "Remagine". The group's latest album, "Invisible Circles", was released in March 2004 through Transmission Records. "Invisible Circles" is the follow-up to "Decipher", which was issued in 2001.


CHEKa tour start

The first performance took place on April, 23 in Kyiv, in favourite and well known among the youth club, STORE 205. As guys from CHECKa say: Good organisation, sound and nice public thats all that musicians need for full satisfaction. All that was present in the club.

Musicians were on top! They were surprised of people, who were on session, sang their songs: Potseluyu, Ne Vse, Samoe X.M., V Plen, a Ya?, and some others. Special surprise was the performing of two compositions from cartoons: Oblaka and Goluboy Vagon.

There were also represantives of Hit-TV channel at the concert.

Now bands in Kahovka, on the biggest Ukrainian , music festival Tavriyski Games (May, 1-3). Good Luck!


Swedish thrashers DARKANE have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Here' is the 'Layers of Lies' cover artwork, made by Fredrik Ödman.

"The album will be released June 27th in Europe and July 12th in North America.

"DARKANE are taking a break from everything right now. Peter [Wildoer, drums] and Christofer [Malmström, guitar] were at the Nuclear Blast HQ in Germany last weekend to meet with some European press and let them hear the new record. The overall impression was very positive!

"Right now Klas [Ideberg, guitar] is recording the third album with TERROR 2000 and Christofer is recording his solo project NON-HUMAN LEVEL."

"Layers of Lies" track listing:

01. Amnesia of the Wildoerian Apocalypse
02. Secondary Effects
03. Organic Canvas
04. Fading Dimensions
05. Layers of Lies
06. Godforsaken Universe
07. Klastrophobic Hibernation
08. Vision of Degradation
09. Contaminated
10. Maelstrom Crisis
11. Decadent Messiah
12. The Creation Insane

The Japanese version of the CD will contain a bonus track, entitled "Subliminal Seduction".


SIX FEET UNDER - 'Shadow Of The Reaper' video posted online

SIX FEET UNDER's video for the track "Shadow of the Reaper" has been posted online at MetalBlade.de' .

Frontman Chris Barnes had previously stated about the video:

"The video for 'Shadow of the Reaper' was directed by Gary Smithson who has also directed videos for bands such as GOATWHORE, THE EAGLES OF DEATH METAL (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE side project), and HIGH ON FIRE.

"We filmed the video for 'Shadow of the Reaper' on Saturday, January 8th right in the middle of the flooding heart of Hollywood, CA. The video has a real eerie ghostlike quality just filming the scenes we did scared the hell out of me. It was like being in the middle of one of Dario Argento's nightmares; I can't wait for the finished product.

"Two of the actors featured in the video, Meagan Crawford (from the new Wes Craven film 'Cursed'), and Aaron Kinser ('Fat Albert', 'Art School Confidential') did a great job with their scenes."

"Shadow of the Reaper" comes off SIX FEET UNDER's latest album, "13", available now on Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to "Bringer of Blood" was recorded at Morrisound studios and was mixed at the Hit Factory in Florida.


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