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DARZAMAT: First "Live Profanity" DVD Details Revealed

Polish black/death metal band DARZAMAT will release its first-ever live DVD, entitled "Live Profanity (Visiting the Graves of Heretics)", in Europe on June 25 via Metal Mind Productions. The disc was recorded at the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival, which took place on March 24 in Katowice, Poland, and will contain material comprised mostly of songs from the band's latest album, "Transkarpatia". Also included will be the group's surprise performance of the song "Diabelski Dom" by the cult Polish metal band KAT, featuring a guest appearance by KAT leader Roman Kostrzewski. The DVD will also includes additional footage from the Winternachtstraum Festival, which took place in February 2007 in Arnsberg, Germany, two unreleased tracks, video clips, and an interview with Flauros and Nera.

"Live Profanity (Visiting the Graves of Heretics)" will be released in the U.S. on July 31.


McAllen (17-5-2007)

NIGHTWISH: "Eva" Single Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork of NIGHTWISH's new single, entitled "Eva", has been posted online at this location' . Due on May 30, "Eva" will be an Internet-only single release, all profits from which shall be donated to charity. In Finland, the single will be available exclusively from NetAnttila. The identity of the group's new singer will be revealed simultaneously in a press statement and on the band's web site, www.nightwish.com, on the same day. A radio promo of the Internet single will also ship on May 30.


GOREFEST: "Rise To Ruin" U.S. Release Date Announced

Reactivated Dutch metallers GOREFEST will release their new album, "Rise to Ruin", in the U.S. on August 28 via Nuclear Blast Records (August 3 in Europe). The CD was mixed by Danish producer Tue Madsen at his Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. "He managed to make everything sound even heavier than we'd imagined," guitarist Frank Harthoorn previously said. Cover artwork will be designed by British artist Rob "Mid" Middleton.

"Rise to Ruin" track listing:
01. Revolt
02. Rise To Ruin
03. The War On Stupidity
04. A Question Of Terror
05. Babylon's Whores
06. Speak When Spoken To
07. A Grim Charade
08. Murder Brigade
09. The End Of It All


AMORPHIS: cover artwork of single "Silent Waters", online pre-order

The cover artwork for AMORPHIS's new single, "Silent Waters", has been posted online at this location. Due on June 27 via Nuclear Blast Records, the single is currently available for pre-order from the Nuclear Blast Online Shop' .

"Silent Waters" single track listing:
01. Silent Waters (edit)
02. Sign
03. Silent Waters (album version)

"Silent Waters" is the title track of AMORPHIS' upcoming album, which is scheduled for release on August 29 (Finland)/August 31 (other countries). Like its predecessor "Eclipse", the new CD will be thematically based on an episode from Finland's national epic, the "Kalevala".


Ex-THERION Singer MATS LEVÉN: "It Felt Too Much Like A Job, And Thats Not A Good Sign"

Swedish vocalist Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, KRUX, TREAT, AT VANCE) has commented on his decision to leave THERION prior to the band's appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in early August. His replacement in the group will be Thomas Vikström, who is best known to metal fans as the voice behind CANDLEMASS' "Chapter VI" album (1992).

Said Levén: "Yep, now it's official that I won't play anymore with THERION after Hellfest in June.

"The reason is simply that since we started to use four lead vocalists on tour, I found myself doing more backing vocals and guitar playing etc. than actual lead vocals.
In the beginning I tried to tell myself that I would get used to it, but I didn't really...

"I gave all I had during the few numbers I sang lead and it was especially great to feel the fans' response during 'Son of the Staves of Time' (that the THERION guys were kind enough to let me write on 'Gothic Kabbalah'). Still, when I got off stage — something just didn't feel right. It felt too much like a job, and that's not a good sign.

"I will now focus on my own projects including the S&M album [collaboration with drummer/songwriter Snowy Shaw (THERION, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME)].

His replacement in the group will be Thomas Vikström, who is best known to metal fans as the voice behind CANDLEMASS "Chapter VI" album (1992).


PARAGON announces new bassist

German power metallers PARAGON have announced the addition of bassist Dirk Seifert to the group's ranks. According to a press release, Dirk is "a longtime acquaintance of the band; [he] was in a band with Martin [Christian, guitar] back in the early '90s and has worked on the pre-production of "Law of the Blade", "Dark Legacy" and "Revenge". He is familiar with the material and knows the band for a long time. We are sure he will be an reinforcement as he is a multitasker who can play bass, drums and guitar. We are busy rehearsing for the July concerts and are looking forward to presenting a new lineup and new material from the forthcoming CD "Forgotten Prophecies"."

PARAGON recently revealed the track listing and artwork for their new album, "Forgotten Prophecies", due in June. The artwork was created by Dirk Illing, who also worked on the band's "The Law of the Blade" and "The Dark Legacy" CDs.

"Forgotten Prophecies" track listing:
01. Hammer of the Gods
02. Arise
03. Face of Death
04. Halls of Doom
05. Revelations (instrumental)
06. Forgotten Prophecies
07. Agony
08. Souleaters
09. Gangland
10. Wargods
11. Deny the Cross (OVERKILL cover)

A limited edition (artwork) will be released as well, featuring a bonus DVD with live footage recorded at the Metal Bash Open Air 2005 and Metal Bash Road Kill Tour in Hamburg (Markthalle) in 2005. The track listing for the bonus DVD is as follows:

Metal Bash Open Air 2005:
01. Legacy
02. Traitor
03. Impaler
04. Revenge
05. Across the Wastelands
06. Palace of Sin
07. Armies of the Tyrant
08. Thunderstorm

Hamburg (2005):
09. Deathsquad
10. Beyond the Veil

PARAGON parted ways with bassist Jan Bünning due to "musical differences."


NUCLEAR BLAST Anniversary CD "Into The Light"; First Audio Sample Available

A track called "Dirty Wings" (featuring EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet), taken from the upcoming compilation CD to celebrate Nuclear Blast Records' 20th anniversary, entitled "Into the Light", has been posted online at this location' .

"Into the Light" features 10 songs composed, recorded and produced by RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, with guest appearances by various metal artists that are part of the Nuclear Blast history, including a track that was recorded and performed by Victor's own band.

"Into the Light" will be released as double-CD, featuring a bonus disc with classics, rare tracks and brand new songs. Also, watch out for "Into the Light"'s dark twin "Out of the Dark", coming in the second half of 2007.

"Into the Light" track listing:

01. Dirty Wings (feat. Tobias Sammet)
02. Terrified (feat. Peter Peavy Wagner)
03. Ruling The World (feat. Tony Kakko)
04. Death Is Alive (feat. Mats Leven)
05. Bloodsucker (feat. Marcel Schmier Schirmer)
06. Slaves To The Desert (feat. Hansi Kürsch)
07. A Perfect Day (feat. Andi Deris)
08. Eternally (feat. Oddleif Stensland)
09. Inner Sanctuary (feat. Marco Hietala)
10. In The Picture (feat. Tarja Turunen)

Bonus CD:
01. HAMMERFALL - Hearts on Fire
02. HELLOWEEN - The Madness Of The Crowds (Japan-Bonus 'Dark Ride' album) *
03. GOTTHARD - El Traidor (Anytime, Anywhere Spanish version) *
04. AFTER FOREVER - Sweet Enclosure *
05. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection (new band of Uli Kusch) *
06. THUNDERSTONE - Forevermore
07. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
08. AMORPHIS - The Smoke
09. CANDLEMASS - Devil Seed (brandnew song) *
10. SIRENIA - The Other Side

* new song or rare bonus track.

Victor Smolski - Songwriting, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Andre Hilgers, Volker Schultz - Drums
Jan-Michael Keller - Bass
Andreas Dirksmeier - Keyboards
Mario LeMole, Jen Majura - Backing Vocals

Tobias Sammet (EDGUY)
Peavy Wagner (RAGE)
Mats Leven (THERION, KRUX)
Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN)
Oddleif Stensland (COMMUNIC)


AGATHODAIMON Announces New Lineup

German black/death/gothic metallers AGATHODAIMON have announced the addition of Jonas Iscariot (vocals) and Jan Jansohn (guitar) to the group's ranks. "After a bunch of rehearsals with the new guys, we feel that we now have the strongest lineup ever and can't wait to hit the stage again!" the band said in a statement.

Felix Ü. Walzer (keys)
Till Ottinger (bass)
Jonas Iscariot (vocals)
Matthias Rodig (drums)
Sathonys (guitars)
Jan Jansohn (guitars)

Check out a photo of the new lineup at this location.

AGATHODAIMON last year announced the addition of bassist Till Ottinger (ex-MISANTHROPIC) to the group's ranks.

AGATHODAIMON's last album, "Serpent's Embrace", was released in 2004 via Nuclear Blast Records.


AT VANCE To Release "VII" In June

Germany's AT VANCE will release its new album, "VII", on June 29 via AFM Records. The group's seventh effort marks the debut of new singer Rick Altzi and features the band's "very own interpretation on neo-classical power metal that crosses elegantly with the true spirit of '80s hard rock," according to a press release.

"VII" track listing:
01. Breaking The Night
02. Shiver
03. Cold As Ice
04. Victory
05. Friendly Fire
06. Golden Leaves
07. Answer Me
08. Shine
09. Truth
10. Lost In Your Love


Concert KAMELOT 11 May in Moscow is cancelled!!!

Attention! The concert of group Kamelot is cancelled! The reasons of abolition while are unknown.


TESTAMENT: Russian Dates Postponed

TESTAMENT's previously announced Russian dates, which were scheduled to take place in early July, have been postponed. The new dates have not yet been announced.

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, bassist Greg Christian, and guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, alongside ex-DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker, have finished writing more than half a dozen songs for the group's long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering". Tracking is scheduled to begin in June. "Working hard with Nick on some new ideas and some cool old-school styles [that are] coming together really killer," Peterson said in a statement. "It's been a long time coming," Billy added. "This new album is like a good wine: You throw in the grapes and crush."


SLIPKNOT Frontman Featured In APOCALYPTICAs "Im Not Jesus" Video

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have just finished filming a video in Los Angeles with director Tony Petrossian (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, RISE AGAINST, SLIPKNOT) for the song "I'm Not Jesus". Making a guest appearance in the track and the clip is STONE SOUR/SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor.

"I'm Not Jesus" is expected to be included on APOCALYPTICA's new studio album, tentatively due in September/October.

APOCALYPTICA will support METALLICA on July 15 at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland. Also scheduled to appear are fellow Finns H.I.M.


ORPHANED LAND about new album

Q: „Mabool” was the last album that was released in 2004. Since then, there hasn't been any news coming from you. I know you are working on a new album called "The Neverending Way Of ORwarriOR". Would you say that the new album will mark the path to entering into a new Orphaned Land Universe?

A: I wouldn't know that now. I think that what may do the trick for this album is our work with Steven Wilson who produced Opeth and did wonders with his own project Porcupine Tree. Other than that most of the material is ready and we already recorded the first sketches. Let's wait and see where this album will take us.

Q: As far as I remember the release of „Mabool” was also postponed a little bit in 2004.Why has there been such a long delay in releasing it? Has the political situation in Israel affected the whole situation or are there also musical reasons?

A: No man… the political situation was the last thing that could have postponed the release of mabool. I don't know how it is you look at Israel, but the only effect the political situation can have here, is in the worst case putting a security guard in the entrance to the mall, or having a patrol car around bus stations. We don't let the terror here stop our lives, because this would mean surrendering to it, and we won't let this happen, and I'm sure that any sane nation would do the same. If there had been any delays with the release of Mabool after we recorded it, they might have been some minor technical issues that our label, Century Media, might have had, or other minor technical issued, that's all.

Q: One important aspect for the „Mabool” is that we're not only talking about a very good album, just musically speaking, but there's also a depth in the lyrics and also, the sound is a little changed: Mabool seems less „aggresive” than your previous releases and you have many influences either from your local music or from oriental music patterns. What lead you to this 2004 change and most of all, are you gonna continue with the same style or should we expect some other changes once a new Orphaned Land will be released?

A: I think that a change should never be feared and that it is always a good thing. Though the next album will continue many lines Mabool and its formers have paved, it will also take many other directions in many ways. The next album will continue our "Orienal" approach towards metal, and there will be still complex and less complex guitar melodies, and we will also try to stay a little bit progressive with our approach, and there will be also a concept story behind the lyrics. But we have expanded it musically more than Mabool, and I also think that Steven's touch to things will take everything in a very interesting direction.


SONATA ARCTICA: "Paid in Full" Single Tops Finnish Chart

SONATA ARCTICA's "Paid in Full" single has entered the Finnish chart at position No. 1. View the chart at this location' .

"Paid in Full" tracklisting:
01.Paid in Full (radio edit)
02.Out in the Fields *
03.Paid in Full
* Gary Moore cover

SONATA ARCTICA's video for "Paid in Full" is available for viewing at YouTube' . The track comes off the group's new album, "Unia" (Finnish for "Dreams"), due in North America on May 22 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed at Finnvox studio in Helsinki and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden.


WYKKED WYTCH – new album cover

WYKKED WYTCH has posted the cover artwork for its upcoming album, "Memories of a Dying Whore" on its web site. The album artwork and booklet were designed by Alexandra V. Bach, based on a concept by WYKKED WYTCH.


OZZY OSBOURNE To Perform On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

OZZY OSBOURNE will perform on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" at the end of May (exact date to be announced).

The final artwork for OZZY OSBOURNE's new album, "Black Rain", is available for viewing at this location.

"Black Rain" track listing:
01. Not Going Away
02. I Don't Wanna Stop
03. Black Rain
04. Lay Your World on Me
05. The Almighty Dollar
06. 11 Silver
07. Civilize the Universe
08. Here For You
09. Countdown's Begun
10. Trap Door



On October 27th NUCLEAR BLAST will celebrate its 20th anniversary and therefore throws a nice party. For 45 euros only (excl. Pre-sale fee) you will be able to see BLIND GUARDIAN, DIMMU BORGIR, SUBWAY TO SALLY, KATAKLYSM plus one more top act and several special guests and surprises. The party will take place at Stuttgart ґs Schleyerhalle and the first 1000 people ordering a ticket via http://shop.nuclearblast.de will get a limited festival shirt for free. There will also be the festival-page www.nuclearblast-festival.de shortly on air, where you can read all news and all infos you need.


OBITUARYs new album release date

Candlelight Records has set a September 11 U.S. release date for the forthcoming album from death metal legends OBITUARY. Recording of the currently untitled album is already underway with the CD's completion expected for June 1.


First live DVD LEAVES EYES on the Viking ship

For the recording to their first live DVD at Metal Female Voices Festival, LEAVESґEYES had a very special idea. Instead of playing on a regular stage, they have opted to build a 10-meter long Viking ship, in accordance to the theme of Vinland Saga & Legend Land. On this ship, the band will perform their live-show.


MAYHEM's new album enters Norwegian chart at #12

MAYHEM's latest CD, "Ordo Ad Chao", has entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 12, the band's highest position ever, reports Norwegian music industry weekly "Faro Journalen".
MAYHEM has only once before been on the Norwegian charts, when the band's last album, "Chimaira", reached No. 28 in 2004.



Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

Formed by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Jansen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) in 2002, EPICA has so far released three albums, among them a full-length soundtrack in the vein of Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. The Dutch metallers have already played in 24 countries, and have completed successful tours in Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the USA.

EPICA will embark on a North American headlining tour in September. Support at the shows will come from the Austrian/American "epic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS.

EPICA is currently recording its new album at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany. The CD, which is being produced by Sascha Paeth, will feature a session appearance by GOD DETHRONED drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek. EPICA has yet to name a full-time drummer following the departure of Jeroen Simons in 2006.

EPICA's previously announced live DVD, which was filmed on May 4, 2006 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, Holland, has been delayed until later this year, according to a posting on the group's official web site. The band's latest album, "Consign to Oblivion", was recorded in early 2005 and features a guest contribution from KAMELOT vocalist Roy Khan.


АРКОНА - презентация новой концертной программы

May, 26 - presentation of the new concert program of Russian metal band ARKONA.

"Ot Serdtsa K Nebu" ("From Heart To Sky") - it's the name of ARKONA's 4th album, which will be started to record after the show day (26.05) is Moscow club "Relax". Band will play new songs!

For the true fans of ARKONA, musicians will play then songs "Марена", which won in the poll on www.arkona-russia.com for the first and last time!


HELLION - first video for "Hear the Voice"

Ukrainian thrash metal maniacs HELLION have finished the work on their first video for song "Hear the Voice" from debut album "Strong Enough". Director is Viktor Priduvalov.

Желающие ознакомиться перейдите по ссылке' .


WYKKED WYTCH - album update

WYKKED WYTCH has issued the following update:
"Here is an update on the current status of the release of our new album "Memories of a Dying Whore". The album was completed in December and we are currently seeking a new label to release the album. After parting ways with our label SixSixSix Records, we had a couple of deals that didn't happen and this has caused the delay in the release."
WYKKED WYTCH last year posted the uncensored video for the track "Awakened" at YouTube.com. A new edit of the video, including fresh audio, will be included as a multimedia file on the upcoming album.


THE GATHERING - brand new webshop

Message from THE GATHERING:

"Dear everyone,

We have just opened our brand new Gathering webshop!
The shop is welcoming you at shop.gathering.nl'
You will find a fine selection of CDs, LPs, DVDs and other merchandising items and we will try to keep our prices as low as possible!

To celebrate this, we have a special offer that is running till end of July 2007! Come check it out on the shop!

We hope you will visit it soon!
the Gathering & TG webteam!"


EMPTY DREAMS - new 3 songs onlline

The Transilvanian melodic metalband, EMPTY DREAMS, has released a new product: Solar Waltz.

All 3 songs of the new creation are available as free downloads on the official website of the band: www.emptydreams.ro' ,untill the 30th of April.


SODAMNED - "On The Gallows" demo available for download

The brazilian death metal band SODAMNED posted their demo On The Gallows for download. It was released in 2003 and has the following track list:

01. Hanged
02. Sodamned
03. Dreams and Tears
04. Graveyard of Secrets

Mp3 files of all the songs and also the artwork are available for download. The links of the files, hosted by Nitro Sound Solutions (www.nitross.com) are available in the band's MySpace page' as the new song, Locked in the Garret, which will be part of their next release.


HEREGE - Remastered songs available only on Internet

The traditional heavy metal band HEREGE posted new versions of the songs "Call Me Herege" and "Flag of the Metal", originally released in the 2003 demo Rise of the Fair, Fall of the Church.

About the new songs the guitarist Dalton Castro, responsible for remastering them, comments: "...since those songs are really good and when we recorded them the production quality was low, I decided to add some details which make them to sound with more energy. Right now we decided to make these versions exclusive for Internet instead of adding as bonus, but maybe we do it in future editions."

The new versions are available in the band's website' and MySpace' .

Actually Herege is finishing their debut full length and will give more information about it soon.


PROFUNDI - 100 limited metal boxes for new album

Jens Ryden, one man army of PROFUNDI (ex Naglfar vocalist) seems to be into collector's items.
He designed a special ltd. 100 metal box version of the "The Omega Rising" album containing a ltd. patch, shirt and a special ltd. inlay handnumbered and signed by himself.

As for ordering please go the label's webpage' . Hurry, these will be sold out fast!

If you prefer checking out the sound of this release please follow the link' to the PROFUNDI ecard.


МАСТЕР- autograph-session in Moscow

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