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MOURNFUL CONGREGATION is currently in the process of recording a new track for a split 7" record with fellow Australian doom metal band STONE WINGS. This track will be entitled 'Descent Of The Flames', with the STONE WINGS track being entitled 'Ascent Of The Flames'.
This is somewhat of a concept 7" with both sets of lyrics being penned by Chuck Keller (ORDER FROM CHAOS, VULPECULA, ARES KINGDOM). With corresponding artwork and musical parallels, this will truly be a unique and one-of-a-kind jewel in the doom metal annals.
It is unsure as to which label it will be released through at this stage, but expect its release late in 2006.
Damon from MOURNFUL CONGREGATION has recently lent his doomed vocals to a FALLEN hymn. Of course this is the funeral doom band driven by FUNERAL drummer Anders Eek. The track is inextricably extreme and the results of this collaboration have proven to be truly doomed. What's more is that the lyrics to this hymn were penned by the late Einar Fredriksen of FUNERAL, making this a very meaningful track indeed. More news as to how it shall be released is soon to come.
There is also talk of a four-way split 12" LP in the works with three other extreme doom metal bands from across the globe including LOSS. The artwork for this release will be handled by Away of Voivod. These collaborations will serve as the perfect predescessor to MOURNFUL CONGREGATION's next album which is set for a 2007 release.


Lestat (30-8-2006)

HATE ETERNAL DVD due for October release

Death metal legends Hate Eternal will release their first ever DVD The Perilous Fight on October 16th 2006. The DVD features artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium) that you can check out here at and also includes a blistering live set filmed at The Garage in London on 4th June 2006, with a live audio mix by Hate Eternal frontman Erik Rutan.

"The Perilous Fight" delves deep into the life of one of death metal s most influential bands, with Erik Rutan, Randy Piro and Reno Killerich sharing their thoughts on Hate Eternal so far in an exclusive 20 minute interview filmed immediately following the June 2006 London show.

Exhibiting sheer metal mastery, this DVD is overloaded with bonus features including a guided tour of Mana Studios in Florida by Rutan himself and three promotional videos from the band, including the exclusive unreleased "The Victorious Reign" directed by Shane Drake (Panic! At The Disco, Trivium, Hawthorne Heights).

Fans of Hate Eternal should be sure to grab their own copy of this unstoppable metal chaos when it is released on October 16th. The full tracklisting of The Perilous Fight will run as follows:

Main Feature:

01. Two Demons
02. Servants Of The Gods
03. The Victorious Reign
04. Dogma Condemned
05. I, Monarch
06. Behold Judas
07. The Obscure Terror
08. To Know Our Enemies
09. Powers That Be
10. By His Own Decree
11. Sons Of Darkness
12. King Of All Kings

Promo Videos:

01. The Powers That Be
02. I, Monarch
03. The Victorious Reign

Bonus Features:

Hate Eternal interview
Behind the Scenes at Mana Studios

Former SAVATAGE Frontman, Ex-PRIMAL FEAR Drummer Guest On New SAIDIAN Album

Former SAVATAGE/current JON OLIVA'S PAIN frontman Jon Oliva and SINNER/ex-PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling make guest appearances on the sophomore album from the South German melodic metal outfit SAIDIAN, entitled "Phoenix". Due on September 29 via Metal Heaven, the disc was once again produced by former SANVOISEN singer Vagelis Maranis at Maranis Studios in Backnang (near Stuttgart), Germany. Sperling reportedly plays drums on the entire album, while Oliva joined the group to sing a verse in the song "Crown of Creation".


TO-MERA Films videoclip for the song "Blood".

TO-MERA, the new U.K.-based dark progressive metal band formed by former WITHOUT FACE vocalist Julie Kiss (photo) and bassist Lee Barrett (ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR, DISGUST, MUSSOLINI HEADKICK), just shot a video for the song "Blood". The clip is currently being edited and should be ready in about 10 days. Check out pictures from the video shoot at this location.

TO-MERA's debut album, "Transcendental", is scheduled for release in Europe on September 11 via Candlelight Records. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced. Check out the album cover artwork at this location. Audio samples are available at this location. The track comes off the group's debut album, "Transcendental", due in


LOUDNESS Guitarist To Release New Solo Album Next Month

LOUDNESS guitarist Akira Takasaki will release his new solo album, "Nenriki", on September 20 via Tricycle Entertainment. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Surf Trip
02. Mars
03. I Want To Take You Higher
04. Neighborhood
05. Mindphase
06. Chicago Drive
07. The Sun Goes Down
08. No One To Depend On
09. Black Gold
10. Paradise Jungle
11. Echoes
12. Funk It


BLIND GUARDIAN :Exclusive pre-listening!

The first of September will be a truly special day for all fans of Symphonic Progressive Metal with a fantasy touch: The masters themselves, BLIND GUARDIAN, will release their sophomore masterpiece "A Twist In The Myth"! Of course we have a soft spot for all those of you who can΄t stand weeks of waiting. Just click here' and join our exclusive pre-listening! You can check out various tracks - more tracks will be added the closer the release date gets, so make sure you return soon!


MARTY FRIEDMAN - European Release Date For New Album Confirmed

As previously reported, ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's latest solo album, Loudspeaker, features guest appearances by guitarists Steve Vai and John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER), bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS) and drummer Jeremy Colson (CIRCUS DIABLO, THE BREED). It has been confirmed for a European release on September 22nd via Mascot Records. The track list is as follows: 'Elixir' (featuring Billy Sheehan), 'Street Demon', 'Black Orchid' (featuring John Petrucci), 'Paradise Express' (featuring Billy Sheehan), 'Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana' (featuring Jeremy Colson), 'Glycerine Flesh (featuring Jens Johansson), 'Stigmata Addiction' (featuring Jeremy Colson), 'Viper' (featuring Steve Vai), 'Static Rain', 'Colores Mi Vida', 'Devil Take Tomorrow' (featuring Jeremy Colson).


EPICA: 13 Songs Written For New Album

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA is currently working on material for its third full-length album. "We have about 13 songs which are growing every day," states vocalist Simone Simons. "Soon we will be able to play new songs live. Looking forward to it!"


EMBRAZE: New Album Samples Available

Finnish band EMBRAZE has a posted a new MP3 file containing audio samples of tracks that will appear on its fourth album, "The Last Embrace", due on August 16. Download it at this location' .

According to a posting on EMBRAZE's web site, the new material "sounds heavier, but also more melodic than ever before in EMBRAZE history!"

"The Last Embrace" tentative track listing:
01. Carvings on the Gallowstree
02. Branded
03. Racing Against Time
04. Dead Roses
05. Liquid Fire
06. Memory Trace of our Time
07. The One
08. Sleeping Ground
09. Sun Goes Down
10. No Solace

EMBRAZE features in its ranks FOR MY PAIN… guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa. The band will perform at the Jalometalli festival in Oulu, Finland on August 19.


ENTOMBED "Serpent Saints" will follow on September 18

ENTOMBED recently issued an EP, entitled "When in Sodom", via Threeman Recordings. A full-length CD, "Serpent Saints", will follow on September 18.

ENTOMBED's new album was recorded at Soundland studio in Upplands Väsby, Sweden. The CD will be the group's first without the contributions of guitarist Uffe Cederlund, who left the band in September 2005.


GAMMA RAY: DVD Title, Artwork Revealed

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have set "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume) Live in Montreal" as the title of their upcoming DVD. The set will feature a ulti-camera recording of the band's May 6, 2006 show at Medley in Montreal, Quebec as well as lots of bonus features, such as a road movie, a documentary covering the group's history, behind-the-scenes footage, and video clips etc. "Canada is a good place to film a show," the band's frontman, Kai Hansen, previously said about the shoot. "But we are also bringing a cameraman along for the entire tour to capture all of the backstage and pre-show aspects of the band. We are bringing it back to rock 'n' roll basics."

This will be the first-ever GAMMA RAY video-documentary featuring the current lineup of the band. "The current lineup has been together for eight years," Hansen stated. "It's about time we get a filmed documentary of who the band is."


POISONBLACK: 'Rush' Video Posted Online

POISONBLACK's video for its new single, "Rush", has been posted online YouTube.com' . Also available at YouTube.com is a video clip of POISONBLACK mainman Ville Laihiala (vocals, guitar, formerly of SENTENCED) performing the band's song "Pain Becomes Me" acoustically. Check it out at this location.

"Rush" and Pain Becomes Me come off POISONBLACK's long-awaited second album, "Lust Stained Despair", due in Europe on August 28 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Escapextacy" was recorded in part at Tonebox studio in Oulu, Finland and was mixed and mastered at Antfarm studios in Aarhus, Denmark.

"Lust Stained Despair" track listing:
01. Nothing Else Remains
02. Hollow Be My Name
03. The Darkest Lie
04. Rush
05. Nail
06. Raivotar
07. Soul In Flames
08. Pain Becomes Me
09. Never Enough
10. Love Controlled Despair
11. The Living Dead


SAMAEL Begins Recording New Album

Switzerland's SAMAEL has completed the pre-production phase for its new album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The band spent a week going over new songs with acclaimed producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC., MOONSPELL).

SAMAEL is currently in studio recording bass and guitars; sessions started in July and will continue throughout August.


TNT: 'Live In Madrid' DVD To Arrive In September

MTM Music has set a September 22 release date for TNT's "Live in Madrid" DVD. The set, which was filmed on April 1, 2006 in Madrid, Spain, will be accompanied by an 82-minute audio CD plus booklet liner notes from ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell about his work with the group as well as an additional tour documentary by Darren Paltrowitz.

Commented Harnell: "This DVD is dedicated to TNT fans around the world who have not had a chance to see the band live. I gave everything I had to give — it was an emotional night for me as I said goodbye to this era of my life."

"Live in Madrid" track listing:
01. Invisible Noise
02. As Far As The Eye Can See
03. Downhill Racer
04. A Fix
05. She Needs Me
06. Give Me A Sign
07. Guitar Solo
08. Caught Between The Tigers
09. Listen To Your Heart
10. Black Butterfly
11. Seven Seas
12. Forever Shine On
13. Fantasia Espanola
14. My Religion
15. 10,000 Lovers (In One)
16. Intuition


NOSTRADAMEUS Completes Work On New Album

Swedish melodic metallers NOSTRADAMEUS have posted the following message on their official web site:

"This album is, how we would see it, a development from 'Hellbound' — more METAL. But I'm sure that you guys who like the earlier stuff will find things that please you as well, as long as you like metal.

"As far as we heard, the album will be released by the end of this year or early next year. And our goal is to make as many gigs and tours as possible in the future."

"Pathway" track listing (in no particular order):

01. Wall of Anger
02. No Trace of Madness
03. Not Only Women Bleed
04. MDCC Pt. 1
05. MDCC Pt. 2
06. The Untouchebles
07. Death by My Side
08. Until the End
09. Demon Voices
10. Welcome to Living
11. P.I.R


AMON AMARTH: New Album Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork for AMON AMARTH's new album, entitled "With Oden On Our Side", has been posted online at this location. The Swedish viking death metal metallers' sixth full-length album will be released in Europe on September 25 (September 22 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren.

"With Oden On Our Side" track listing:
01. Valhall Awaits Me
02. Runes to My Memory
03. Asator
04. Hermod's Ride to Hel (Lokes Treachery Part 1)
05. Gods of War Arise
06. With Oden On Our Side
07. Cry of the Black Birds
08. Under the Northern Star
09. Prediction of Warfare

There will be a limited digipack version containing a bonus disc featuring the following track listing:
01. Where Silent Gods Stand Guard (live at Wacken 2004)
02. Death in Fire (live at Wacken 2004)
03. With Oden on Our Side (demo version)
04. Hermod's Ride to Hel - Lokes Treachery Part 1 (demo version)
05. Once Sent from the Golden Hall (Sunlight Studio recording 1997)
06. Return of the Gods (Sunlight Studio recording 1997 – previously unreleased song)


ETERNAL TRAGEDY: New Album To Feature Ex-DEATH Bassist, Ex-ANNIHILATOR Drummer

Guitarist Stefania Ponzilacqua of the Italian metallers ETERNAL TRAGEDY has announced that the group's next album — to be produced by Tim Aymar (CONTROL DENIED) and engineered by Curran Murphy (ex-ANNIHILATOR) — will feature guest appearances by Kelly Conlon (ex-DEATH, MONSTROSITY) on bass and Robert Falzano (ex-ANNIHILATOR) on drums. The CD will contain "50 minutes of technical death metal," according to a press release.

In other news, Ponzilacqua is currently seeking a death metal singer, a bass player, a drummer and another guitarist for touring purposes. More information is available by writing to metalentity@yahoo.com.


MUSHROOMHEAD: 'Savior Sorrow' Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for MUSHROOMHEAD's new album, "Savior Sorrow", has been posted online at this location. Due on September 19 via Megaforce Records, the CD was produced in April 2006 by drummer Steve "Skinny" Felton and MUSHROOMHEAD at Cleveland's Filthy Hands Studios.

Commented Felton: "It's a new chapter in MUSHROOMHEAD's evolution. There are sounds on this album that sound so brutal and huge. We focused on delivering some vicious hardcore mixed with heavy melodic hooks. Lyrically, it definitely reflects where the world is at this moment in time."

"Savior Sorrow" track listing:
01. 1200
02. Simple Survival
03. Stoned
04. Save Us
05. Tattoo
06. The Doubt
07. Burn
08. Pretending
09. The Need
10. Cut Me
11. The Fallen
12. Embrace The Ending


DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER: Another New Song Posted Online

German metal band DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER has posted the title track of its upcoming album, "Riders on the Storm", at www.myspace.com/reitermania. Also available at the same location is the band's cover version of the JOHNNY CASH/BLUES BROTHERS classic "Ghostriders in the Sky".

"Riders on the Storm" is scheduled for release on August 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. A limited digipack version of the album will include two bonus tracks.


IRON MAIDEN: 'The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg' Single Artwork Revealed

According to MaidenNorway.com, the artwork for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg", the first single from the new IRON MAIDEN album, "A Matter of Life and Death", has been posted online on the IMOC (Iron Maiden Online Club) forum. Check it out at this location' .

As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN's video for "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" has been made available for streaming at YouTube.com.



British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Thornography", due on October 16 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Nymphetamine", "Thornography" was recorded at Lincolnshire, England's Chapel studios with producer Rob Caggiano (BLEEDING THROUGH, ANTHRAX) and was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE).

"Thornography" track listing:
01. Under Pregnant Skies She Comes Alive Like Miss Leviathan
02. Dirge Inferno
03. Tonight in Flames
04. Libertina Grimm
05. Byronic Man
06. I Am The Thorn
07. Cemetery And Sundown
08. Lovesick For Mina
09. The Foetus Of A New Day Kicking
10. Rise Of The Pentagram
11. Under Huntress Moon
12. Temptation

The narraration for "Thornography" was once again laid down by Doug Bradley (a.k.a. "Hellraiser"'s chief Cenobite, Pinhead), who has previously worked with the group on "Her Ghost in the Fog" and "Swansong for a Raven".



German melodic black/death metallers SUIDAKRA are finalizing the mixing process for their new album, "Caledonia", tentatively due in October via Armageddon Music. The follow-up to 2005's "Command to Charge" was recorded at Gernhart Records studio in Siegburg, Germany and features artwork by Kris Verwimp. The album photography is being handled by Axel Jusseit, who previously worked with the group on 2003's "Signs for the Fallen".

According to the band, "'Caledonia' adopts the lyrical concept of ancient Scottish history, which explains song titles such as 'Highland Hills', 'Forth-Clyde' and 'The IXth Legion'."


ILLUMINATE New album "Zwei Seelen", Releasedate 29.09.2006

The new ILLUMINATE CD will be in stores worldwide on September the 29th. There will be a limited edition of "Zwei Seelen" with a free bonus CD on which you can hear the band's last concert in Mexico-City in the year 2005!


AMORPHIS To Release 'The Smoke' Single

Finnish metallers AMORPHIS will release "The Smoke" (cover), the second single from their "Eclipse" album, in Finland on June 7. Included on the CD is the video clip for "House of Sleep".


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KALMAH Finish Filming a video for the song "The Groan of Wind"

Finland's KALMAH have finished filming a video for the song "The Groan of Wind". The clip should be completed by the end of the month. Check out a few pictures from the video shoot at this location.'

"The Groan of Wind" comes off the band's latest CD, "The Black Waltz", which entered the Finnish national album chart in early March at position No. 38.

The follow-up to 2003's "Swampsong", "The Black Waltz" marks the group's recording debut with keyboardist Marco Sneck (POISONBLACK). The band's current lineup is as follows:

Pekka Kokko - Guitar, Vocals
Antti Kokko - Lead Guitar
Janne Kusmin - Drums
Timo Lehtinen - Bass
Marko Sneck – Keyboards


GODYVA: New Album Samples Posted Online

Italian gothic metal sensations GODYVA will be releasing the new full-length CD, entitled "In Good and Evil", on June 6 through SorceryStudios Media Group.

GODYVA — who have been likened to EVANESCENCE, LACUNA COIL and NIGHTWISH — recorded the follow-up to their acclaimed "Advent" EP (2002) at Jolly Roger Studios and mixed it at the Temple of Noise in Rome by Christian Ice. The band are currently in Rome filming a video for the CD's projected title track.

01. In Good and Evil mp3'
02. Broken Angel mp3'
03. Aisthesis
04. Intimate
05. Lovable Sin mp3'
06. The Deeper
07. Blue Shadows
08. Flame Flower
09. Dreams Of A Child mp3'
10. Soul Desert
11. Light At Last!
12. Purified
13. Cold mp3'


LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE To Release New Single In June; Video Available

German gothic rockers LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE will release their new single, "Again It's Over" (cover), in Europe on June 9 via Napalm Records. The six-track mini-CD jewel-case edition will include three non-album tracks. A video for "Again It's Over" was recently filmed and can be viewed at this location' (Windows Media).

LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE's seventh album, "Filthy Notes for Frozen Hearts", was produced by none other than John Fryer (H.I.M., PARADISE LOST, NINE INCH NAILS, DEPECHE MODE) and is scheduled for release in July via Napalm.


DEICIDE: New Album Cover Posted Online

The cover artwork for the new DEICIDE album, "The Stench of Redemption", has been posted online a href="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/838/174/1600/small_STENCH_5.jpg" target="_blank">at this location.' The follow-up to 2004's "Scars of the Crucifix" was recorded at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida and marks the first recording with the new DEICIDE lineup following the departure of the Hoffman brothers. Joining frontman Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim in the new formation are guitarists Jack Owen (ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (ex-ICED EARTH, DEATH).


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