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FIREWIND Guitarist To Guest On New HEAVENWOOD Album

FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. has recorded a guest solo for "Redemption", the third album from the Portugese metal/goth rock band HEAVENWOOD, due in September via Recital Records. Gus appears in the track "One Step to Devotion", "matching perfectly HEAVENWOOD's emotive music with is thundering solo!" according to a press release. Also scheduled to appear on the CD is singer Tijs Vanneste of the Belgian progressive metallers OCEANS OF SADNESS.

"Redemption" will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, AMON AMARTH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The initial recording sessions for the CD took place at Ultrasound Studios with Daniel Cardoso and Ricardo Dias.

After the departure in 2004 of main songwritter and guitarist Ricardo Dias, HEAVENWOOD went on a lengthy hiatus. Now Ricardo Dias has returned along with new drummer Luiz Ferreira (ex-SECRECY from Portugal).


Ernesto Guerra - Vocals
Ricardo Dias - Guitars and Vocals
Bruno Silva - Guitar
Luiz Ferreira - Drums

HEAVENWOOD previously relelased two albums — "Diva" and "Swallow" — and played shows with IN FLAMES, ATROCITY, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and LAKE OF TEARS, among others.


McAllen (18-3-2008)

Tracklist and new samples of debut album АНДЕМ

“Маятник жизни” tracklist:
1. Интро
2. Девять кругов ада
3. Из ничего (mp3)'
4. Я вижу взгляд
5. Знамение
6. Серебряные зимние слезы
7. Легенда отравленных душ
8. Маятник жизни
9. Безумный ангел (mp3)'
10. Ангел, демон и я (бонус-трек)


STUCK MOJO – new club in Moscow

Announced before show of US metal/core/rap band STUCK MOJO in Moscow is moved to other club called “TOCHKA”. Date and doors are the same.


GRAVE – Russian tour

After successful show during ROCK PALACE summer fest 2007 in St-Petersburg (Russia) Swedish death metal fathers GRAVE decided to return to Russia to promote their new album called DOMINION VIII. And this time they will hit 8 Russian towns with their uncompromising old school death metal show:

05.04 - Moscow "Gorod"
06.04 - Voronezh "City"
08.04 - Rostov-on-Don "Podzemka"
10.04 - Toljatti "Generator"
11.04 - Ufa "Agava"
12.04 - Ekaterinburg "KZ LAVROVA"
13.04 - Magnitogorsk "DK Ordzho"
14.04 - Samara "Podval"


BLOOD RED THRONE - show in Moscow!

Norwegian death metal BLOOD RED THRONE are going to visit Russia for the first time in April. Their new album called “COME DEATH” has already received a lot of positive feedbacks in Europe and Asia and after few European tours band together with THE FLAMING ARTS AGENCY decided to conquer new markets including Eastern Europe. After some negotiations we decided to try with single show in Moscow together with GRAVE and return for the full Eastern European tour in autumn 2008.

05.04 – Moscow (Russia) “Gorod”.



We are proud to announce about our cooperation with the oldest and most respected metal bands from ex-USSR countries called GRENOUER. All albums of band are always some kind of standard of quality, which is mentioned by metal press worldwide. So we are happy to start with GRENOUER management and help them to make step to the next level of their career.


KARELIA: Cover Of R.E.M.s "Losing My Religion" Posted Online

French industrial goth metallers KARELIA will release their third album, "Restless" (cover artwork), on April 21 via Season Of Mist.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Restless
02. Trial
03. Mirror Mirror
04. Lift Me Up
05. Please Come On In
06. Lovin' Wife
07. Crash
08. Give It Away
09. From My Window
10. Losing My Religion (R.E.M. cover)

The band's cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" can be streamed on the KARELIA MySpace page.


WALLS OF JERICHO - new song posted online

A brand new WALLS OF JERICHO track, entitled "Addicted", has been posted online at this location' . The song comes off the Detroit band's forthcoming EP, "Redemption", which will be released on April 29 via Trustkill Records. Produced by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) at his Iowa home studio, the CD features "acoustic instruments, fleshed out arrangements, and Taylor's voice on several songs," including the aforementioned "Addicted".

"Redemption" track listing:

01. Ember Drive (feat. Corey Taylor)
02. My Last Stand (feat. Corey Taylor)
03. No Saving Me
04. House Of The Rising Sun
05. Addicted (feat. Corey Taylor)


THEATRES DES VAMPIRES - to release new album in May

Italian gothic metal band THEATRES DES VAMPIRES will release its new album, "Anima Noir", on May 2 via Aural Music/SPV. The CD was recorded at the Temple of Noise studio in Rome with engineer Christian Ice. According to a press release, "Anima Noir" features "romantic lyrics, lyrical voices, strong orchestration, powerfull guitars and powerful drumming. All the elements that you loved in THEATRES DES VAMPIRES are back in this new production. A new modern sound and a super modern production that took six months of work in the studio for recording and mixing it, offering you the best experience of vampirism as always, with the enchanting vocals of the mistress of your nightmare: Countess Sonya Scarlet, this time with her best performance ever."

Check out audio samples at THEATRES DES VAMPIRES MySpace-page'


Digimortal дадут концерт в эфире О2ТВ

14 марта Digimortal дадут концерт в прямом эфире программы "Брать живьем" телеканала О2ТВ.

Помимо проверенных боевиков с альбома "Необратимость", группа впервые исполнит совершенно новые песни с будущего диска - и у тебя есть шанс услышать это первым! По словам самих музыкантов, новый материал звучит еще более бескомпромиссно и агрессивно - качевые гитарные рифы, пронзающая электроника и разнообразные вокальные партии - все это в совокупности придает музыке группы ту самую неповторимую индивидуальность.

Попасть на съемки очень просто - достаточно прислать заявку, содержащую ваши ФИО, на адрес band@digimortal.ru Вход свободный.

Концерт будет идти в прямом эфире телеканала О2ТВ 14 марта. Начало в 22:20 Схему проезда можно посмотреть тут - www.o2tv.ru

Следите за новостями на www.digimortal.ru


Videoclip Pain Of Salvation in Moscow 25/02/2008

FISSION - 'Pain Parade' track listing revealed

FISSION, the collaboration between BORKNAGAR/VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) and VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund, has finalized the track listing for its second album, "Pain Parade", due later in the year via Aphotic Records. The CD was mixed at Ballerina Audio with Nils Johansson (VINTERSORG, NAGLFAR, TME). According to a press release, "Pain Parade" will contain "eight brilliant songs that mix the most of [what] metal has to offer."

"Pain Parade" track listing:

01. Chains
02. Frequency Control
03. Dear Frenzy!
04. Pain Parade
05. Machination (The Kallocain Protocol)
06. Collision and Collapse
07. Earthquaker
08. Mekanisk Är Själen

FISSION's debut album, "Crater", was released in 2004 via Napalm Records.


BLAZE BAYLEY - new album title revealed

UK vocalist Blaze Bayley's (ex-IRON MAIDEN, WOLSFBANE) official web site has been updated with the following message:

"Blaze Bayley — a new album, the first due for release on his own independent label in late May with additional licensing to various countries. The album is being engineered by James Dunkley, produced by Blaze Bayley and is entitled 'The Man Who Would Not Die'. It promises to take Blaze in new songwriting directions, ushering in a new phase of an already renowned career. It is also the first recorded showcase for the line-up that comprises Nico Bermudez and Jay Walsh on guitars, David Bermudez on bass and Lawrence Paterson on drums."

Lawrence Paterson, the drummer for BLAZE BAYLEY, recently started a blog' on the progress of the songwriting/recording sessions for the group's new album. The follow-up to 2004's "Blood & Belief" is tentatively due late summer/early fall.


SALEM - putting finishing touches on new DVD

Long-running Israeli extreme metallers SALEM are putting the finishing touches on a new DVD, entitled "Salem Underground". According to the band, the disc "is a collection of performances from four different shows. The concept for this DVD was to mix the recorded audio (in stereo) but to leave it unedited to maintain the rawest live experience possible."

The release date for "Salem Underground" will be announced next week.

SALEM released its new album, "Necessary Evil", in June 2007 via Season of Mist. The follow-up to 2005's "Strings Attached" includes a 27-minute piece entitled "Once Upon a Lifetime Parts I - V".


F.R.Y. Recording Debut Album

The up-and-coming modern metal/metalcore band F.R.Y. (St.Petersburg) have
entered the studio to record the full-length debut album. The album should
include the material of the demo/promo CD "Orange Demo[n]" and the
Internet single "Illusions.ru" (2007), as well as new songs, previously
only heard live. The old songs are to be re-recorded. The album should
include 11 tracks in total.

F.R.Y. have their own cool and original style, successfully balancing
between metal and alternative, adding elements of various styles from funk
metal to rapcore. Over one year, the band have developed a unique sound
and a signature, informal style of playing live, full of drive and
positive energy. In underground circles, F.R.Y. are known not only by
their music experiments, but also by creative and original promo and live

The album title, recording studio, and design concept are kept secret:)


АНДЕМ finishing work for new album

UNLEASHED - new album track listing revealed

Swedish death metal veterans UNLEASHED have entered the studio to begin recording their ninth full-length album, "Hammer Battalion", due later in the year via SPV Records. According to the band, "The new UNLEASHED album will continue in the same victorious spirit as our previous album 'Midvinterblot'."

Check out photos from the recording sessions at this location' .

"Hammer Battalion" track listing (not final order)

01. The Greatest Of All Lies
02. Long Before Winter's Call
03. Your Children Will Burn
04. Hammer Battalion
05. This Day Belongs To Me
06. Marching Off To War
07. Entering The Hall Of The Slain
08. Black Horizon
09. Carved In Stone
10. Warriors Of Midgard
11. Midsummer Solstice
12. Home Of The Brave
13. I Want You Dead


EXUMER - reunion confirmed for 2009

Members of '80s German thrash metal cult EXUMER began negotiating a full-fledged reunion for 2009. The projected reunion includes a new album, re-releases of the band's two albums from the 1980s and a substantial tour.

EXUMER vocalist Mem V. Stein of New York City thrashers SUN DESCENDS comments: "This reunion won't be like the one-off show we played at the Wacken Open Air in 2001. This time we will deliver the entire package and release a new, third EXUMER album. It's been close to 22 years since the second EXUMER release in 1987 and it seems that the band is still relevant, especially when you consider the new generation of thrash metal bands that quote EXUMER as a major influence of theirs. I will keep SUN DESCENDS alive and I'm not abandoning the project but most of 2009 will be dedicated to a new EXUMER album and it's promotion. We also have Paul Arakaki (guitars/bass) in the band who replaced me on the second EXUMER album and now lives in Hawaii. I frequently get emails from fans asking for a EXUMER reunion and I feel that the time is right to finally go ahead and make it a reality. We have never played live in North America and I believe that we owe it to the fans here in the States to see the band at least once with full-on live production."

EXUMER has not yet decided with which record label to work with for the releases, but plans to enter the studio to record their new CD in late 2008/early 2009.

SUN DESCENDS' new album, titled "The Entropy Formula", will be released on Khaosmaster Productions in April and on Twilight distribution in fall 2008.


HUMAN FORTRESS - new album details

German power metallers HUMAN FORTRESS will release their third album, "Eternal Empire", on April 25 via Massacre Records. The first pressing will be available as a limited-edition double CD featuring a bonus disc containing two bonus tracks, a video clip, outtakes, pictures and much more.

"Eternal Empire" track listing:

01. Contrast
02. Borders Of Insanity
03. The Wizard
04. The Raven
05. When Love And Hate Collide
06. Under The Spell
07. Lions Den
08. Circle Of Flames
09. Falling Leaves

Audio samples of the tracks "Contrast" and "Falling Leaves" are available at this location' . A video for the song "Contrast" was recently shot and will be released soon.


KIUAS - tops Finnish single chart

"Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward", the new single from the Finnish power metallers KIUAS, has entered the single chart' in the band's home country at position No. 1. The track comes off the group's third album, "The New Dark Age", which is scheduled for release in Finland on March 5.

"The New Dark Age" track listing:

01. The Decaying Doctrine
02. Conqueror
03. Kiuas War Anthem
04. The New Dark Age
05. To Excel and Ascend
06. Black Rose Withered
07. After the Storm
08. Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward
09. The Summoning
10. The Wanderer's Lamentation
Bonus track for Japan release:
11. Towards the Hidden Sanctum

According to the band, "The cover art' is the product of the visionary artist/musician Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media). The picture is an original drawing in the style of reneissance woodcut illustrations, and portrays the members of KIUAS as the four — or in this case five — horsemen of the Apocalypse with a dismal landscape that combines ancient and modern times."

A video for the song 'Conqueror' was shot on February 18 with Owe Lingvall of Village Road Film.

KIUAS' second full-length album, "Reformation", was released in May 2006.


Ilja Jalkanen - Vocals
Mikko Salovaara - Guitars
Markku Näreneva - Drums
Atte Tanskanen - Keyboard
Teemu Tuominen – Bass


KALEDON - new album details

Italian power metallers KALEDON will enter Outer Sound studios on March 10 with produceer Giuseppe Orlando to begin recording their fifth album, "Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter 5: A New Era Begins", tentatively due in Europe in May/June via Hellion Records. The CD artwork will be designed by Fabrizio Galliccia.

"Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter 5: A New Era Begins" track listing:

01. A New Man
02. A Wounded Friend
03. Mozul
04. Undeads Again
05. The End Of The Green Power
06. A Flash In The Sky
07. Great Mighty Light (instrumental)
08. The Greatest Heart
09. The God Beyond The Man
10. Return To Kaledon

The Japanese version of the CD will include "top-secret" bonus material, according to a posting on the band's web site.



STILLIFE "Destiny" - limited edition in the end of spring

ARKONA - to take part in Ragnarök 2008 festival

Russian pagan metal band ARKONA will take part in Ragnarök fest as a headliner together with UNLEASHED,
TROLLFEST, MENHIR and many other in the end of March. More about this fest you can read on official website' .


SUIDAKRA - DVD trailer available

German melodic black/death metallers SUIDAKRA will release their new DVD and "best-of" CD package, "13 Years of Celtic Wartunes", on April 25. The set will include the band's Wacken Open Air 2007 performance, an acoustic concert, and a best-of CD with remastered and newly recorded songs spanning the group's 13-year history.

Watch a trailer for the upcoming DVD at this location' .


IN BATTLE issues songwriting update

Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have issued the following update:

"Yesterday we started rehearsing material for the new album. We have 2.5 songs done, except for some vocal arrangements, and a ton of riffs and ideas. The new stuff sounds extremely intense, brutal, straight-forward. It kind of sounds like a mix between the 'Soul Metamorphosis' MCD with a touch of the first two IN BATTLE albums, so prepare yourselves for this coming whirlwind of destruction! The working title was set to be 'Flames & Death' but since HATE ETERNAL's new CD is called 'Fury & Flames', we probobly gonna have to come up with something else. We are also glad to inform you that Nils (Lord Dominator) Fjellström is back in the band as a full-time member. Welcome back, brother! It's a pleasure to work with you again. We would like to thank Tony (Dark Rambo) Westermark for filling in for Nils on the tour, you did an amazing job man, best of luck in the future."

IN BATTLE's fifth album will be recorded at Epidemic Productions in Sundsvall.

The group's fourth CD, "Kingdom of Fear", was released on September 3 via Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Welcome to the Battlefield" was recorded at Epidemic studios in Sundsvall and was mixed by UNLEASHED's Fredrik Folkare at Chrome studios in Stockholm. The CD contains "11 songs of raw trashy death metal," according to a press release. Two video clips for the album have been filmed: "Kingdom of Fear" and "The Dead Shall See".


YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - complete new lineup announced

According to a posting on YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's official web site, the legendary Swedish guitarist's long-awaited new CD is now in its final stages of creation, with a tentative release date of July 2008. The new lineup that will take Yngwie's upcoming album on the road is as follows:

Yngwie Malmsteen - Guitar
Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) - Vocals
Bjorn Englen - Bass
Michael Troy - Keyboards
Patrik Johansson - Drums

Yngwie Malmsteen will attend the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2008 fair in Germany, which runs from Thursday, March 13 to Saturday, March 15.


PAIN - tour bus searched by German cops

Sweden's PAIN has issued the following update from its European tour as the support act for NIGHTWISH:

"Here we go again. We left Frankfurt [Germany] around noon today 'cause we had to wait for a new driver first. The new driver arrived and our 200-kilometer journey towards Bamberg began. After two hours of driving with only 20 minutes to go, we got pulled over by the police who ordered us out of the bus and had us sit in a line at the sidewalk. They searched us one by one and had us remove socks and shoes for about 40 minutes while they searched the whole bus and turned all of our bags upside down [photo' ]. When they were finished, they came out with a camera case and asked us who it belonged to. It contained a small plastic bag with a suspicious white powder and was owned by our new driver who, of course, claimed he never seen it before. Well... to make a long story short, we're stuck somewhere on autobahn without a driver, it's pitch black and raining outside. We're trying to enjoy ourselves watching 'Terror on Elm Street' on a laptop eating cold can food with piss-warm red wine. Another day off well spent. Everything taste better with Freddy Krueger."

As previously reported, PAIN members Peter Tägtgren (guitar/vocals), Johan Husgafvel (bass) and David Wallin (drums) were assaulted Friday night (February 22) in Leipzig, Germany during a day off on the band's European tour as the support act for NIGHTWISH. As a result, the group was forced to cancel Saturday's concert in Leipzig, but the bandmembers quickly picked themselves up and were back on stage on Sunday.


DENIAL to release debut through Asphyxiate Recordings

Mexico's DENIAL will release its full-length debut, "Catacombs of the Grotesque", on Asphyxiate Recordings.

Formed at the end of 2006, DENIAL is said to be inspired by '90s death metal. The group's seven-inch EP, "Immense Carnage Vortex", is available through Blood Harvest Records.


Oscar Clorio: Drums
Ivan "Bloodhunter" Velazquez: Vocals
Marko Guevara: Guitars
Roberto Granados: Guitars
Ricardo Gil: Bass

For more information, visit band's MySpace page' .


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