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ANUBIS GATE will release their second album

Danish power/prog metal band ANUBIS GATE will release their second album, "A Perfect Forever", on September 20 via Locomotive Music (one day earlier internationally). The follow-up to 2004's "Purification" was produced by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) and will feature cover artwork by Mattias Noren.

"A Perfect Forever" track listing:

01. Sanctified
02. Kingdom Come
03. Future without Past
04. Curfew
05. Children of the Pauper King
06. Approaching Inner Circle
07. The Wanton Blades Of Lust
08. Epitome of Delusion
09. Endless Grief
10. A Perfect Forever

Check out audio samples at www.anubisgate.com' .


Fawkes (10-8-2005)

BESEECH have uploaded video for the song "Innerlane"

Swedish "gothic metallers" BESEECH have uploaded their animated video for the song "Innerlane" at Beseech.net (available in both Windows Media and Quicktime formats).

"Innerlane" comes off the group's upcoming CD, "Sunless Days", due in Europe on September 5 via Napalm Records (September 27 in the U.S.).

The follow-up to last year's "Drama", "Sunless Days" was recorded at StudioMega in Varberg, Sweden and is set to include a a cover of the DANZIG track "Devil's Plaything" as well as a re-recording of the song "Manmade Dreams" (on the digipack version only) from BESEECH's second album, "Black Emotions".

"Sunless Days" track listing:

01. Innerlane
02. The Outpost
03. A Bittersweet Tragedy
04. Everytime I Die
05. Devil's Plaything (DANZIG cover)
06. Lost
07. Last Obsession
08. Emotional Decay
09. Restless Dreams
10. The Reversed Mind

The digipack version of "Sunless Days" will also include:

11. Manmade Dreams (remake, 2005 version)
12. Lost (emotional & shorter version)


OLD MAN'S CHILD - a new album is due in October

Century Media Records has set an October 18 release date for the new album from OLD MAN'S CHILD, entitled "Vermin". The follow-up to 2003's "In Defiance of Existence" was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and contains eight new songs plus a re-recording of the old track "Born of the Flickering" (which originally appeared on the 1996 album of the same name).

Commented OLD MAN'S CHILD guitarist Galder (also in DIMMU BORGIR): "I have done an 'ill-natured...' method on this album so every instrument is done personally except for the [drumming], which [was handled] by the Danish [drummer] Reno Kiilerich [DIMMU BORGIR, EXMORTEM, VILE], who, by the way, did a killer job behind the drums. So all in all I must say I'm very happy with the album."


ABORTED have signed with Century Media

Century Media Records has announced the worldwide signing of Belgian death/grinders ABORTED.

"It's been a very hectic, intense and heavy year for ABORTED," says founder and lead vocalist Sven De Caluwe. "Yet a year in which we have done tons of amazing things, went to amazing places and met a lot of cool new people. One of those amazing things is being signed to a label we believe will be able to lift this band to new heights. They believe in us 200 percent and are going to help us take the next step in our careers."


DIMMU BORGIR have extended record deal with Nuclear Blast

Norwegian symphonic black metal masters DIMMU BORGIR have extended their record deal with longtime label Nuclear Blast Records. The group's next release will be a revamped version of their "Stormblast" CD, which originally appeared in 1996. The CD was re-recorded earlier in the year, augmented with bonus tracks and produced by Peter Tagtgren (HYPOCRISY). A November 7 release is expected.

DIMMU BORGIR are scheduled to begin writing material for their next studio album this fall for a tentative late 2006 release. The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums, will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.


ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET have set the title of an upcoming debut album

ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET, the new Swedish band featuring former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have set "21st Century Killing Machine" as the title of their upcoming debut album, due in early 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band are scheduled to enter Bohus studio on September 10 to begin recording the CD.

"21st Century Killing Machine" projected track listing:

01. Killing Machine
02. Public Enemy No. 1
03. No Apparent Motive
04. Devil on the Red Carpet
05. Behind the Church
06. Hell Is for Heroes
07. The Sweetness of Black
08. When Hatred Comes to Life
09. Bulldozer Frenzy
10. Branded by Iron
11. So Grim So True So Real
12. Mary's Raising the Dead


Johan Lindstrand (ex-THE CROWN) - Vocals
Valle Adzic (IMPIOUS) - Bass
Mikael Lagerblad – Lead Guitar
Pekka Kiviaho – Rhythm Guitar
Marek Dobrowolski (RECLUSION) – Drums

ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET had previously recorded a promotional CD, entitled "When Hatred Comes To Life", at Deadline studios with engineer Valle Adzic.


MORTIIS releases first ever DVD on September 26th 2005

MORTIIS releases his first ever DVD entitled 'SOUL IN A HOLE' on September 26th.

'SOUL IN A HOLE' contains a full live set filmed during MORTIIS' mammoth seven-week European tour in support of 'THE GRUDGE' album released last year.

It also includes MORTIIS' unparalleled videography to date with clips shot as far afield as Death Valley, New York and London plus never seen before interview footage including MORTIIS speaking candidly about the recording process, live shows and the reason for the mask!!

Tracklist for MORTIIS is as follows:


01. Intro
02. Broken Skin
03. Way Too Wicked
04. Marshland
05. The Worst In Me
06. Monolith
07. Gibber
08. Decadent And Desperate
09. Parasite God
10. The Loneliest Thing
11. Asthma
12. The Grudge
13. Smell The Witch
14. Mental Maelstrom
15. Le Petite Cochon Sordide

Music Videos
01. Parasite God
02. Mental Maelstrom
03. The Grudge
04. Decadent And Desperate (Absentia)

Bonus Material
MORTIIS interview
'The Grudge' TV advert
'The Grudge' EPK
Picture gallery

'SOUL IN A HOLE' is released on September 26th on EARACHE

EXMORTEM expand line-up for live dates

Danish wrecking crew EXMORTEM will unleash their new expanded line up for a series of dates through August and September including a headling slot on Friday night, August 19th of this years Jalo Metalli Festival in Finland, which will be taking place 19th and 20th of August in Oulo.


MYSTIC CIRCLE have parted ways with drummer

German "dark Satanic metal band" MYSTIC CIRCLE have parted ways with drummer Necrodemon. "There is no bad blood betwenn the bandmembers," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Necrodemon left the band for doing his own studio. MYSTIC CIRCLE has already a new drummer that is a full member of the band. Necrodemon will produce the new MYSTIC CIRCLE album. The band will enter the studio for the new album right after the MARDUK tour in the middle of September 'till the end of October 2005."

As previously reported, MYSTIC CIRCLE have set "The Bloody Path of God" as the title of their seventh full-length album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Dockyard 1, the new company formed by Dirk Putzke, Christine Stephan (both ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records) and Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR).


VADER - The MCD 'The Art of War' is ready to release

Polish death metallers VADER have posted the following message on their official web site:

"The MCD 'The Art of War', containing four brand new tracks plus two intros (both made by Siegmar from VESANIA) and a videoclip, is ready to release. For the first time in the band's history, there's a song entirely written by Mauser! The band recorded also a bonus track for the Asian version of the album, it's called 'Die!' (the song from their very rare, old demo tape, 'Live') and Peter sang it in the original, Polish-language version! Another worth underlining issue is production, this time the band entrusted the entire matter to well-experienced producers — Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawscy known from Hertz Studio, who were charged not only with the engineering, but also with mixes and mastering."

"The Art of War" will be released via Sweden's Regain Records.


BEWITCHED have finished laying down drums for their new album

Swedish black metallers BEWITCHED have finished laying down drums for their new album, "Spiritual Warfare", tentatively due before the end of the year via Regain Records. "The coming weeks we'll be laying down all guitars and bass for these 10 tracks," the band write on their web site. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2002's "Rise of the Antichrist" (Osmose Productions) include "Fucked by Fire", "Jehovah Slain", "Let Darkness Come", "Bringers of Death" and "Malevolent Force of Destruction".

BEWITCHED's first release for Regain, the "Atrocities in a Minor" mini-CD, was issued in 2004.


Former DIO Guitarist, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Drummer To Appear On DAVID LEE ROTH Tribute CD

Former DIO/WWIII guitarist Tracy G will be teaming up with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Patrick Johansson and Italian hard rock singer Chris Heaven for the recording of a song for the upcoming DAVID LEE ROTH tribute CD. It is not presently clear if this is the same ROTH tribute album currently being put together by Versailles Records, "Just Like Paradise: A Millennium Tribute to Diamond David Lee Roth", which is due in the winter of 2005. That CD will feature contributions from current/former members of LILLIAN AXE, AEROSMITH, DOKKEN, RIOT, WATCHTOWER, ENUFF Z'NUFF, AMERICAN DOG, DANGEROUS TOYS, LYNCH MOB and TNT, as well as Richard Kendrick and Corey Craven, and is said to be the "first, only and definitive" tribute to hard rock's seminal frontman, featuring a mix of the best of Roth's solo work and selections from the 1977-1984 VAN HALEN catalog, according to a press release.


TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: 'You Will Never See JUDAS PRIEST And Me On Same Tour'

Former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH/BEYOND FEAR frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has posted the following message in the "Forum" section of his official web site:

"PRIEST has informed me that they don't think it is a good idea to have BEYOND FEAR on any tours with them and that it would be best for me to drop the tribute/PRIEST factor. I know a lot of fans wanted this and I myself still like to please the fans. But it looks as though you will never see PRIEST and myself on the same tour. Sorry."

Owens is in the process of signing a record deal for his BEYOND FEAR project, which also features guitarists John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES) and Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN), bassist Dennis Hayes (WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Don't Need This", "And You Will Die", "It Is Me", "Telling Lies" and "The Faith".

"The contract is signed on my end, and I'm now waiting to get it back and the OK to start recording," Owens writes. "I have informed [producer] Jim Morris [ICED EARTH, DEATH, DEMONS & WIZARDS] and everybody involved that we will soon get this thing going."


Dockyard 1 Newsletter feat. SAVAGE CIRCUS, MYSTIC CIRCLE, PERSUADER etc.

SAVAGE CIRCUS: Single for free We want your best - and we give you the best, because you can start to download the first single of SAVAGE CIRCUS beginning with the 10th of August on a href=httpwww.savage-circus.comwww.savage-circus.coma. The members of the band will be at the Wacken:Open:Air to present the whole album. More details about it will be revealed on the Homepage' of SAVAGE CIRCUS soon.

DYECREST: It's their world
Everything is set: DYECREST will be releasing their brand new record "This Is My World" on the 29th of August. You can get the first glimpse from the 1st of august on at their Dockyard 1 page' .

PERSUADER: "The Hunter" again Somehow it's legendary, the debut of our Swedish lads PERSUADER. Soon "The Hunter" is gonna be re-released, so that you can get a taste of it as well if you missed it out years ago. PERSUADER spiced it up with several bonus tracks so be sure to get your copy on the 29th of august. The songwriting for the next album is almost done, and PERSUADER will soon start to record.

We're still proud of the first ever release we did on DOCKYARD 1. It's "The Vermin Breed" by our Belgian metal heads AFTER ALL. They celebrated the record release with a couple of concerts in support of Agent Steel and Metal Church. Look at the pictures on their home page http://www.afterall.be/. Seems like they enjoy it more and more, see the list of new upcoming shows...

Look at that long list of tourdates. Yes it's true: MYSTIC CIRCLE will support re-formed Swedish black metal outfit MARDUK. On their whole tour. So go out and support them if your heart is black!

Belgian Hardcore all-stars ANGEL CREW are done recording their new album. The title will be "One Life, One Sentence". Here's the track list of the freshly banned eleven songs:
1. Spit it out
2. Cross The Line
3. Chapter Of Violence
4. Carry On The war
5. Break Through
6. Life Sentence
7. Dead End Sin
8. Bring Down The World
9. Shut Them Down
10. Another King Down
11. Life Of An Angel

A TRAITOR LIKE JUDAS are heading from Braunschweig/Germany to add their imprint on the world map of metallic hardcore. They are almost done writing their new album which will be titled "Nightmare Inc.". They describe their songs as a mix of Lamb of God and God Forbid. Studio time is scheduled for late August, the new album can be expected for the end of the year.

On Tour


14.07. - The Starz (with Heaten) - Sint-Niklaas /Belgium
15.07. - Ed& Rocco's (with Heaten) - Geleen /Netherlands
13.08. - Kleudde Festival - Zemst /Belgium
20.08. - Coma (with I Witness) - Brugge /Belgium
03.09. - Izzefest, Joc - Izegem /Belgium
09.09. - Sleutelrock, LVC - Leiden /Netherlands
14.10. - Roeselare Live Festival, Kerelsplein - Roeselare /Belgium


05/06.08. Augustibuller Festival - Lindesberg /Sweden
08.10. Burn The Stage Festival - Oberentfelden /Switzerland
20.10. Stengade 30 - Copenhagen /Denmark
21.10. The Riot - Lichtenstein /Germany
22.10. Kommarzbank Hammerstadt Germany tba


16.07. - ROCK HERK Festival (w/ Lost in Rhone) - Herk-de-Stad/Belgium
16.07. - DUYNEROCK Festival (w/ Severance, Morda, ...) - Bredene/Belgium
04.08. - Magnet Club - Berlin /Germany
05.08 - Krach am Bach - Beelen /Germany
06.08. - Midsummer Open Air Fest - Halver /Germany


on tour with Marduk
29.08. BL HEKELGEM, 162 - NEW
06.09. SP IRUN, TUNK
15.09. HUN BUDAPEST, A35


Release Schedule

Out Now:
AFTER ALL - The Vermin Breed
VANISHING POINT - Embrace The Silence
IN-QUEST - The Comatose Quandaries
AS WE FIGHT - Black Nails and Bloody Wrists

July 18, 2005
INTEGRITY - Sliver In The Hands Of Time

August 29, 2005
SAVAGE CIRCUS - Dreamland Manor
PERSUADER - The Hunter
DYECREST - This Is My World

October 31, 2005
MYSTIC CIRCLE - The Bloody Path Of God

InsideOut Music Newsletter feat. ASIA, CARPTREE, KING'S X, SIEGES EVEN and many more

In the Special Edition series of InsideOut Music the label is completing the new edition of five albums of melodic rock band ASIA. After "Aqua" and the Best of compilation "Anthology" now follows "Arena", "Aria" as well as the demo and outtakes collection "Archiva 1 & 2". These reissues are remastered and feature bonus material. All reissues are released with relief printed slipcases, containing bonus tracks, enlarged booklets, exclusive photographic material and new liner notes.

Many a fan already knows the Swedish CARPTREE well. Their third album "Man Made Machine" had already been released as a private release and used for promotion purposes now and then when InsideOut Music signed the duet. At the end of August "Man Made Machine" will be released in an upgraded packaging in Europe. The album offers song-oriented art pop rooted in progressive rock. www.carptree.com

At the end of September the new and still untitled KING'S X album will be out. The Texan trio has written 14 new songs. The best ones will be put on the longplayer. Michael Wagener is the producer (Metallica, Alice Cooper, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Dokken, Megadeth, Mötley Crue).

RIVERSIDE are docking with InsideOut Music. The Polish band are currently working on their second record "Second Life Syndrome" which will be out in autumn. Their mix of new art rock and hard, almost metal elements and touches of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, quieter Opeth, and also Anathema last year led to a thoroughly convincing debut.

With the exception of a surprisingly booked gig in Frankfurt in last November one had hardly heard from them for almost eight years. Now the Munich progsters SIEGES EVEN are "really" back as a new entry at InsideOut: full of inspiration they play on their new record "The Art Of Navigating By The Stars" which will be out at the end of September. Many an old fan will be surprised what kind of catchy sounds the Bavarians are able to produce without drifting into shallow waters. This means: The band has considerably reduced their hyper complex style. The whole thing is cut out to be one of the progressive highlights of this year.

STREAM OF PASSION is a new band project with gothic touch and an international line-up which was initiated by Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen from the Netherlands: around the Mexican singer Marcela Bovio known from the last Ayreon album "The Human Equation" gathered US lead guitarist Lori Linstruth, the Mexican piano player Alejandro Millán, and Lucassen's countrymen Johan van Stratum (bass) and Davy Mickers (drums) as well as Lucassen himself on guitar. The debut album "Embrace The Storm" will be out at the end of September. At the beginning of next year the band will go on tour. First impressions offers a videotrailer on the newly cleared band website. www.streamofpassion.com

With Umphrey McGee InsideOut Music recently signed the first band of the so-called jam band scene. Jam Rock - that's a phenomenon which already got a audience of millions in the States. With STRING CHEESE INCIDENT the second deal follows. Musically, both acts can hardly be compared to each other but their attitude towards music, their variety, and their stage performance when they are melting the most diverse styles and give them a new shape, makes clear that it is a band of high-calibre of this still young genre with grand predecessors such as The Grateful Dead, it's a band which will certainly find its fan community in the old world, too. www.stringcheeseincident.com

The work on the new album by SYMPHONY X is delayed. The reason for this: an offer the US prog metal band received to tour with acts such as Dream Theater, Megadeth, Fear Factory, and Anthrax for seven weeks in North America in this summer. The tour is about to start. Information about line-up and gig dates you will find under the URL www.gigantour.com.

Also new at InsideOut Music is THE TEA PARTY. Trademark of the Canadians: solid classcial rock with touches of The Doors and Led Zeppelin, and the whole thing enriched with oriental influences. Their new album "Seven Circles" - already out in North America - will be out in Europe at the end of September. On the band's official European website (www.theteaparty.de) you can download a videoclip of the "Seven Circles" track "Oceans". On the website there is also talk of a possible forthcoming tour with Def Leppard. www.theteaparty.de, www.teaparty.com

At the end of July InsideOut's sublabel REVISITED RECORDS continues the new edition of KLAUS SCHULZE's backcatalogue with the albums "Audentity", "Body Love", "Dune", and "Miditerranean Pads". +++ The series of KRAAN reissues starts at the beginning of August with "Wiederhören", "Nachtfahrt", and "Live 88". +++ The British artist PAUL GURVITZ has left a lot of traces in rock music history, among others as a member of The Gun, Baker Gurvitz Army, and Three Man Army; in August Revisited Records will release "Live" of the BAKER GURVITZ ARMY, "3" of the THREE MAN ARMY as well as Gurvitz' solo album "Rated PG". +++ The new GURU GURU studio album "In The Guru Lounge" will be forerunner of a series of re-releases of those legendary Krautrockers around drumming derwish and "Elektrolurch" Mani Neumaier. +++ Since the 70's he was scarcely noticed, FRANK MARINO who cares about his partly psychedelic guitar rock, characterized by long improvisations - and this on a level which can be compared with virtuoso players such as Gallagher, Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughan. In September there will be the start of a series of reissues with albums by Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush. +++ And last but not least: PETE TOWNSHEND will re-release great parts of his backcatalogue in Europe on Revisited Records. This will start in September with "Anthology", an exhibition of his work.

NEW RELEASES / InsideOut Music

CARPTREE: "Man Made Machine", RELEASE:, August 29th
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT: "One Step Closer", RELEASE: 29. August 29th

STILL CURRENT / InsideOut Music

AYREON: "Come Back To Me" (CD single), RELEASE: June 13th
TOMAS BODIN: "I Am", RELEASE: June 2005 27th
STEVE HOWE: "Spectrum", RELEASE: June 27th
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: "Demons", RELEASE: June 20th 2005

IN PREPARATION / InsideOut Music

IT BITES: "Live In Montreux" (CD), September 19th
IT BITES: "Live In Tokyo" (DVD), September 19th
KINGS'S X: new studio album, RELEASE: September 26th
SIEGES EVEN: "The Art Of Navigating By The Stars", RELEASE: September 26th
SPOCK'S BEARD: "Live in 2005 - Gluttons For Punishment" (double CD),
RELEASE: August 29th
STREAM OF PASSION: "Embrace The Storm", RELEASE: September 26th
THE TEA PARTY: "Seven Circles", RELEASE: September 26th


NOX are completing work on a new album

Dutch Death Metal leviathans NOX are finishing up recording their long
awaited debut record for Wicked World. The band, comprised of ex-Centurian
guitarist Rob Oorthuis and new drummer Bob Dussel respectively, plus
Severe Torture members Patrick Boleij and Seth v/d Loo, (both also
ex-Centurian) spent over a year completing the demos for the recording
before hooking up with Hans Pieters at Excess Studios, Rotterdam, Holland.

Tentatively titled "Ixaxaar" it features the following tracks:

1) Zacar Od Zamran
2) Choronzonic Chaos Gods
3) Darkness Undying
4) Insane Hatred For The Supposed Creator
5) Blind Mad God
6) Intoxicated With Death
7) The Jesus Sect
8) Satan Ex-Machina
9) Zazaz

Rob Oorthuis informs us that

"This Death-ritual has torn us all inside out, which is good. No major
obstacles, everything went pretty smooth. I guess the Bright White Light
has given up on Nox. Yes, Eight-Rayed Terror Unfurled!

"Ixaxaar" is due for release on Wicked World / Earache later this year.


BEECHER frontman Ed Godby talks about the bands new album

BEECHER frontman Ed Godby talks about the bands new album, "This Elegy,
His Autopsy", which they recorded recently with Kurt Ballou of Converge at
God City Studios, Boston USA:

" The recording of 'This Elegy, His Autopsy,' was an interesting and
satisfying experience, because it was the first time that we, really, had
enough studio time to experiment properly with our sound".

"Over the 12 months previous to recording we had been very occupied with
putting together an album, in the rehearsal room, that explored more
deeply all the different sounds that make up Beecher, and we all felt, as
the time came to enter the studio, that what we had come up with was a
more substantial and thorough piece of music".

"I think that the result of the recording process is an all-round more
focussed effort than anything we have done previously, not only in the
fact that the album tells a story, but it also creates an atmosphere".

"The mood of the record twists and turns over 43 minutes, from the songs
which might be described as having a definitive 'Beecher' sound, such as
the opener "It's Good Weather For Black Leather" to the hypnotic, almost
post-rock esque ". And On The Day That He Became A Human Plumb Line" onto
the frantic, grinding melee of "Psycho Galvanic Skin Response" to the
crushing finale of "Reach Up To The Gods".

"All in all we seem to have developed on all of the sounds and influences
that we have always cited as Beecher, and we have created a record that we
feel is exciting and original. Both raging and beautiful, "This Elegy, His
Autopsy' could well be our defining album."

"This Elegy, His Autopsy" is released on Earache on September 12th 2005

Download "Function! Function!" from the upcoming Beecher album plus 15
other current and unreleased tracks on the free BURN downloadable for free
at www.metaltracks.com/freebies' .


DEF LEPPARD Guitarist To Release Solo Album

Launch Radio Networks reports: DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell will release his first solo album, "Two Sides of If", on September 6. Campbell will be joined on the blues-oriented album by ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons, singer Joan Osbourne, and former FRANK ZAPPA and MISSING PERSONS drummer Terry Bozzio. "Two Sides of If" features a collection of Campbell's favorite blues songs, including WILLIE DIXON's "I Ain't Superstitious" and "Spoonful", FLEETWOOD MAC's "Like It This Way" and "Willin' For Satisfaction", RORY GALLAGHER's "Calling Card", and MEL LONDON's "Messin' With The Kid"


RAGE To Enter Studio In September

German power metallers RAGE will enter producer Charlie Bauerfeind's VPS Studios in late September to begin recording their new album, tentatively due on March 20, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band will spend much of August in pre-production before guitarist Victor Smolski records the orchestra parts for a "Suite Lingua Mortis" in Minsk. The 20-minute band/orchestra piece, for which Victor is currently working hard on the notation, will be the main part of the new RAGE album. The recordings will be completed by the end of November, with the mix tentatively scheduled to take place in December.


SEPULTURA Guitarist Begins Recording Solo Album

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has entered A Voz do Brasil studio in São Paulo, Brazil to begin recording his his first solo album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Holland's Mascot Records. No further information is currently available.

As previously reported, SPV Records recently pushed back the projected release date of the new SEPULTURA album to early next year. The upcoming CD will be based on the "The Divine Comedy", widely considered the greatest epic poem of Italian literature, and one of the greatest of world literature.



Message from the band:


Just a small update of news from our camp for whoever is interested.
We have just recorded three new tracks for a forthcoming EP to be released by Serpent's Lair records. The new, lengthy compositions are called 'The pains of sleep' and 'Pavor Nocturnus' and they have been recorded at The Lodge in Northampton. We have also re-recorded our cover of Katatonia's 'For funerals to come', to be also included in the EP. The track has been recorded at Priory Studios and engineered by Greg Chandler.
Furthermore, our full '1000 years' demo shall be remastered and included as bonus on the EP. The new material clocks at 29 minutes, so all together you'll get 62 minutes of funereal music. More updates and hopefully a sample will follow soon at the Pantheist site and forum.

There are also some line-up changes in the band. We welcome Sterghios on drums (ex Monsterworks) who has already recorded with us on the new tracks. Unfortunately, we will also have to say goodbye to our guitar player and co-founding member Nicolas, who is moving to the States for family reasons. We wish him all the best and thank him for his invaluable contribution to the band.

With that it becomes clear that we are in search for a guitar player right now, so applications are welcome. The ideal candidate should live not too far from the London area, have his own equipment and be able to attend rehearsals regularly. Ability to perform both as lead and rhythm guitarist are essential, as well as an open-minded, creative approach to music. Anyone interested, contact us at Pan@doom-metal.com"


ARCTURUS: New Song Posted Online

A live recording of a new ARCTURUS track, entitled "Demon Painter", has been posted online at this location' (8.5 MB).

"Demon Painter" is expected to appear on the band's upcoming album, "Sideshow Symphonies" tentatively due in September via Season Of Mist.

ARCTURUS, whose current lineup includes DIMMU BORGIR bassist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) on lead vocals, are planning to film a live DVD at their September 24, 2005 concert at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway.

Hestnaes' first appearance back with ARCTURUS took place at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27.

Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on ARCTURUS' 1997 album, "La Masquerade Infernale".

ARCTURUS announced in January that vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (SPIRAL ARCHITECT) had left the group. No reason was given for his departure.


FEAR FACTORY - "Transgression" limited edition will hit the Europian stores

FEAR FACTORY's new album, "Transgression", will be made available in Europe as a limited-edition pack with a bonus DVD. The DVD is expected to include studio/rehearsal footage, three music videos ("Moment of Impact", "Transgression" and "Spinal Compression") and the whole album audio in digital sound.

"Transgression" is scheduled for release on August 23 (one day earlier internationally) via Calvin Records, an imprint of Liquid 8 Records. A 45-second audio sample of first single "Supernova", which features a guest appearance by former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould, is available at this location' (Real Media).

FEAR FACTORY entered Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 5 with producer Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN, SOULFLY) to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Archetype". Included on "Transgression" is "New Promise", which was co-written with Mark Morton of LAMB OF GOD.


OBITUARY's video for the track "Insane" has been posted online

OBITUARY's video for the track "Insane" has been posted online at this location' (Windows Media).

"Insane" (mp3' ) comes off the group's new album, "Frozen In Time", which comes out today (July 19) via Roadrunner Records.

The group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back from the Dead", "Frozen In Time" was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, and was mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound.


Alexander Krull (ATROCITY) was named "Producer of the Year"

ATROCITY/LEAVES' EYES singer/producer Alexander Krull was named "Producer of the Year" by the American magazine True Alternatives, according to a posting on the LEAVES' EYES web site. Krull received the award for his work on the following projects: "Atlantis" (ATROCITY), "Lovelorn" and "Vinland Saga" (both LEAVES' EYES), "Dark Clouds in a Perfect Sky" (ELIS), "Where Twilight Dwells" (MIDNATTSOL) and "Goatreich-Fleshcult" (BELPHEGOR).



A number of high-quality photos taken at this past weekend's Tuska Open Air Metal Festival have been posted online at Mesta.net.

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival was held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. Bands that performed at the festival included MONSTER MAGNET, APOCALYPTICA, FINNTROLL, PRIMAL FEAR, DESTRUCTION, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT, GAMMA RAY, ACCEPT, SENTENCED, CHILDREN OF BODOM and EVERGREY.


BLIND GUARDIAN Announce New Drummer

German epic metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have announced a replacement for drummer Thomen Stauch, who left the band in April after 20 years.

The new man behind the kit is fellow German Frederik Ehmke, who is said to be "fairly unknown in the world of metal."

"A few weeks ago an unknown guy who introduced himself as Frederik Ehmke applied for the job as a drummer in a fairly firm manner. His vital, expressive and skillful performances of some BLIND GUARDIAN classics ('Journey Through The Dark', 'Time Stands Still' and 'And Then There Was Silence') blew us away completely. Pretending not to be convinced, we invited him to do a shootout recording session under real production terms to check out if the creative chemistry would also work out fine. After finishing these recordings it was obvious to us: Frederik is going to be our new drummer!

"It was essential for us to find a musician, who on one side would be able to integrate old GUARDIAN trademarks in his playing, but on the other side would also be confident enough to bring in his own vision of the BLIND GUARDIAN drums in a tasteful and, for the music, suitable way. Frederik is a calm and handsome fellow, who's aware of his abilities and who also knows what he wants. For us he is the lucky draw.

"We are convinced you will be as impressed by his drum performance as we are. Now we are looking forward to starting the next album production. There is a good amount of work ahead of us but we are absolutely ready to go. You can expect a very interesting album with strong songs. We will keep you informed."

The production of BLIND GUARDIAN's debut album for Nuclear Blast Records will start soon with the help of producer Charlie Bauerfeind. No album title has been set as of yet, but it looks like the CD will contain a total of ten songs. Working songtitles include "Carry The Blessed Home", "The Edge", "In Search For The Lionheart", "Market Square", "Another Stranger Me", and "Otherland". The release of the first single is planned for February 2006, with the album to follow in April. A European tour will kick off in September 2006.


DEICIDE: 15 People Arrested Following Santiago Concert

15 people were arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct following DEICIDE's live debut in Chile, which took place Friday (July 15) at Gimnasio Nataniel in Santiago.

More than 3,000 fans attended the concert, which went ahead despite objections from local church officials, who had asked the authorities to prevent the group from playing in country out of respect for an Italian Catholic priest who was murdered by a DEICIDE fan almost a year ago. Photos of DEICIDE hanging out with their Chilean fans are available at this location' .



CHILDREN OF BODOM have recorded a cover version of BRITNEY SPEARS' "Oops I Did It Again" for their upcoming single, "In Your Face". The single, which is scheduled for release in Finland on August 17 via Spinefarm, will contain the following track listing:

01. In Your Face
02. Oops I Did It Again
03. In Your Face (censored version)

A total of two cover songs were recorded during the recording sessions for the group's new album, "Are You Dead Yet?". The second cover song will be used as bonus track for the Japanese version of the album.


Moss will release their debut album

MOSS will release their debut album 'Chtonic Rites' on ComaWorx in october 2005.
The album will initially be issued as a gatefold vinyl, limited to 666 copies on 180 grams vinyl with insert. The cd will follow later on with different artwork.
The album is produced by Jus Oborn (ELECTRIC WIZARD) at Chuckalumba studio and mastered by Greg Chandler (ESOTERIC).
It will feature two monolithic tracks of horrid nihilistic doom of approx. 20 minutes each


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