Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rebellion loses band members

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REBELLION loses band members

Bad news from the REBELLION camp!

Uwe Lulis has decided to quit the band.

Gerd Lücking (Drums) and Simone Wenzel (Guitar) have also announced
their departure from the band.

Be sure that they separate in friendship.

Uwe commented:
"Rebellion was also my band and I would be pleased, if Tomi and Micha
will continue successfully."

Now the situation is extremely difficult for REBELLION. Tomi and Micha
consider now for their part whether and how it could go on with the band.

Tomi about the situation:
"We ask ourselves whether Rebellion without Uwe can still be Rebellion,
a band on the other hand one always depends on their fans, we would be
pleased, if our fans told us their opinion about it (check for a listing of the band's various internet profiles)."

Micha added:
"Tomi and I wish Uwe, Gerd and Simone honestly all the best with their
new projects."

Gerd and Uwe will appear with a new band and Simone has joined the band


An interview should be published in January 2011 where Tomi Göttlich is
going to answer your questions about REBELLION's future!

Visit - there you will find a box where you can add
your question.

Pure Legend Records signs Stargazery

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We are very proud to announce the first signing of PURE LEGEND RECORDS:
STARGAZERY from Finland.

Stargazery are a new band fronted by the ex-MSG vocalist Jari Tiura.
The ambitious band is playing Hard Rock influenced Melodic Metal on high standard in vein of the late RAINBOW-phase and DIO.
STARGAZERY was founded in 2005. The debut album "Eye On The Sky" is already finished and will be released worldwide in first quarter of 2011.
The album was recorded and mixed at the HellGate & the Reindeer Horns studios in Oulu/Finland.
"Eye On The Sky" was mastered by in the Bazement Studios
The awesome artwork is done by Felipe Machado (THUNDERRBLAST). He worked and is working for bands and artists like AXEL RUDI PELL, BLIND GUARDIAN, ICED EARTH, BLAZE BAYLEY etc.

Statement STARGAZERY: 
"We all are very excited and happy to sign to Germany´s PURE LEGEND RECORDS, an specialized sublabel of the well-known PURE STEEL RECORDS.
We’ve seen that the label has been raising their profile year after year and we are really looking forward to work with them in the future"

Jari, Pete, Jukka, Marco & Jussi aka Stargazery

"It's a dream to release such a gem as first release. STARGAZERY are playing exactly the honest kind of music we want to support with PURE LEGEND RECORDS. Anything (Instruments, compositions and sound) can only be called excellent. You hear and practically feel the professionalism of the individual musicians. A perfect album in this genre!"

Vreid confirmed for Summer Breeze 2011

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Vreid confirmed for Summer Breeze Festival + Preorder on New Album.

Just one week after announcing their Wacken performance Vreid announce yet another titan German festival. 18-20 August they will be playing the Summer Breeze festival alongside bands such as Sodom, Arch Enemy and Kvelertak.
The band says they had a blast playing there in 2009, and look very much forward to a massive return in 2011.

Vreid is currently preparing for the release of their fifth studio album "V" due out February 7th via Indie Recordings. Follow this link to check out the album video trailer: 

2011 will see the release of The Black and Roll Brigade’s darkest, heaviest and most complex songs to date. The Black & Roll Brigade has build their sound on Norwegian Blackness & 70ties Rock. On V this is still their ground, but more than ever their brew has a flavour of the guitar based metal from mid 80`s to mid 90`s. The past illuminates Vreid`s present & future, and with the new album they are reunited with guitar maestro «Strom» from the Windir & Ulcus days (Former Guitarist Ese left the band late 2009). History is the lifeline through Vreid`s lyrics, and this time they are fuelled of thoughts by the likes of Hamsun, Munch & Sarte to name a few. Their nine darkest, heaviest and most complex songs to date are wrapped in a powerful & crystal clear production conducted by songwriter & bass player Hváll himself. All produced and mixed in his own 1184 studio. Vreid has marched across the world with over 200 shows since their start back in 2004, and will be hitting the road with full speed in 2011.

Follow this link to order the new album “V” directly from the band:

Vreid Festivals 2011:

Norwegian Tour 2011:
19 FEB - 1880 - BERGEN ( U 18)

European Tour:

Burden of Grief - German Live dates

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15.01.2011 - (GER) Hamburg - Bambi Galore
09.04.2011 - (GER) Bad Rappenau - Mühltalhalle (Building A Force Festival)
21.05.2011 - (GER) Neuss - Haus der Jugend (Metal Night Neuss)
10.09.2011 - (GER) Barleben - Metal Embrace Open Air
29.10.2011 - (GER) Hannover - Musikzentrum (Metalshock Festival)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Watch a new Legion of the Damned video

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Fans can watch a new videoclip on 


Calm Hatchery presents new video

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CALM HATCHERY presents new video for "Messerschmitt"! "Sacrilege Of Humanity" already released!

CALM HATCHERY, death metal quintet from northern Poland, featuring past and present members of Dead Infection or Tehace has released new, second album, entitled „Sacrilege Of Humanity” on 20th December 2010 via Selfmadegod Records. Cover artwork was designed by Mentalporn (Deathstars, Behemoth). The album is already available in stores, distros or directly at .
CALM HATCHERY has recently recorded the video for song "Messerschmitt" - which is already available at Youtube:
„Sacrilege Of Humanity” is technical, brutal death metal inspired by such genre leaders as Nile, Morbid Angel, Decapitated or Immolation. Flawless sound of second Calm Hatchery is guaranteed by Hertz Studio, Bialystok where the album was recorded and supervised by Wiesławscy Bros (Behemoth, Vader, Hate).
On band’s Myspace page ( you can already listen to three songs from this album.

"Sacrlilege Of Humanity" has already received some fantastic reviews:

"With superb guitar work, very brutal (and elaborate) drumming, and perfect growls, Calm Hatchery will surely please and impress most Death Metal fans these days" - Infernal Masquerade - 88/100
"Superb technical level! This precise sound tempest cannot be ignored" - Violence Magazine - 4,5/5 7.5/10 13/15
Helldriver 6/7
TheConcordian 8/10
Zwaremetalen 80/100
TheMetalRegister 4/5 75/100
Immortal Spirit Of Metal 9.5/10
Heavy Blog Is Heavy 4/5
Chaos Vault 8/10
01.Rattlesnake’s Dream
02.Sea Of Truth
04.We Are The Universe
05.Mirror Giants
06.Hymn Of The Forgotten
08.Lost In The Sands
09.Those Who Were
10.Shine For The Chosen One
11.The Blood Of Stalingrad

Calm Hatchery debuted 4 years ago with „El Alamein” album. Recently the band achieved quite big success wining on 20th August Rock Generacja festival and having the opportunity to present itself next day in Koszalin Amphitheatre together with Vader and Napalm Death.

Pegazus honours Phil Lynott

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PEGAZUS Honours Philip Lynott !
(© Harry Potts)
This upcoming January 4, 2011 we remember the 25th anniversary of the passing of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott. The Australian Heavy Metallers of PEGAZUS would like to contribute to keep the memory of this legendary rocker alive. Therefore, they have decided that on January 4 their song "Ballad Of A Thin Man" will be available for free download at the following location :
The song "Ballad Of A Thin Man" has been taken from PEGAZUS' album "The Headless Horseman", which was released in 2002 through Nuclear Blast.
Founding member of the band and songwriter/singer of the song Johnny Stoj about Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy and "Ballad Of A Thin Man" : "The PEGAZUS song ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’ was written just over 10 years ago around the middle of the year 2000. A month before that we were asked by our record label if we would like to contribute a cover song of Thin Lizzy for an up coming tribute album, so of course we said yes and ended up recording ‘Warriors’ and submitted that for the tribute CD.
But after recording that cover song, it actually dawned on me that we needed to do something that was more than just covering a Thin Lizzy song, I mean this is a band that all of us in PEGAZUS grew up listening to as huge fans, and the inspiration and influence that I personally got as a songwriter and musician myself just from listening to Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott’s songs was indescribable. That’s when I knew that I had to create an original song that was a real tribute and a form of true respect for one of the world’s greatest ever rock n’ roll heroes.
The music in ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’ is meant to capture the typical Lizzy attitude with the riffs and twin guitar harmonies and the lyrics were simply created into an original story made from Thin Lizzy’s song titles and some of Phil’s cool song characters like Johnny The Fox and Jimmy The Weed.
The very first demo version of this song was actually sent to Ms Philomena Lynott back in 2000 and the response I personally got back in letter was ever so praiseful for the song, even suggesting that, “If Philip were alive he would love it too”, put simply, I was so happy and over the moon.
Anyway, the song wasn’t meant to be released as a PEGAZUS song but our record label at the time insisted strongly that it be included on our band’s studio album that we were also recording at that time, so it was released officially on our album ‘The Headless Horseman’ in 2002.
So many years have passed since and so many requests still to hear the song have surfaced again, so we have decided that seeing that it is a special moment ahead this coming 4th January 2011, it’s the 25th anniversary of Philip’s passing and a celebration of his life.
We would love to share this special tribute song of ours with all fans of Philip Lynott, Thin Lizzy and just rock fans in general with this absolute free download of BALLAD OF A THIN MAN.
Enjoy the tune, rock hard and remember to raise a glass in memory of Philip, “The Emerald Isle’s Rocking Renegade!”
Earlier, it was already reported that PEGAZUS will kick off their worldwide 2011 tour at the Rocktower Festival in Lübeck Germany (April 23/24, 2011) and that they had been added to the 2011 edition of Headbangers Open Air, which takes place from July 28 - 30 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.
In addition, the worldwide return of the band will be kicked of with the release of a new album ! The tentative release date for this yet-untitled album is scheduled for Spring 2011 and contains 11 brand new classic Heavy Metal songs with original singer Justin Fleming back on vocals !
For all info , please visit :
"Ballad Of A Thin Man download page" :

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Introducing: Ascendancy

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ASCENDANCY, the Czech melodic/progressive band, is finalizing preparations of its first full-fledged CD, which will be published on March 1, 2011. The first single will be published in the next few days. In accordance with preparation of new CD, the ASCENDANCY provides free download of its coming-out EP “the Primacy of Reason”. It can be downloaded in high quality format MP3/320 kbps or Flac at web site.

ASCENDANCY is Czech young band which during less than a year of its existence has managed to draw attention not only of broad audience – fans but also of music experts in the Czech Republic. Its first EP “THE PRIMACY OR REASON” from a turn of 2009/2010 was very well evaluated by music publicists. In spring 2010 the band accomplished a tour of the Czech Republic, performed at several festivals and played as guest on concerts of Blaze Bayley (ex Iron Maiden) or Equilibrium. The band prepares a tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia with new CD.

Metal personalities unite for Phil Kennemore

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For those readers in and around California, here's a suggestion on how to spend New Year's Eve. A one-off benefit concert is being held in aid of Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore , who is currently battling the scourge of cancer. Amongst the guests scheduled to perform are:
  • Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
  • Don Dokken
  • Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
  • Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
  • Sean McNabb (Dokken, Montrose)
  • Loren Gold (Roger Daltrey)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)
  • Paul Bostaph (Testament)
  • Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth)
  • Joey Alves
  • Leonard Haze
  • Ron Keel
  • Greg Kihn
  • Terry Lauderdale
Details on this gig could be viewed at:
Furthermore, Y&T are auctioning a number of items in aid of the same much-respected Rock personality. 

For more details on this initiative, check out this link:

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mercenary løfter sløret...

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Mandag d. 21. februar udsender MERCENARY sit nye album ”Metamorphosis” i Danmark. Allerede nu kan alle bandets fans få en forsmag på hvad der er i vente:

"Sangen ”The Follower” er en forsmag på de mere tilgængelige og melodisk aspekter fra vores kommende, sjette plade ”Metamorphosis”,” udtaler guitarist Jakob Mølberg. ”Den repræsenterer en mere direkte og tilgængelig side af bandets nye lyd, samtidig med at den også lader sanger René Pedersen fremvise nye og mere melodiske aspekter af sin sangmæssige spændvidde. Og bare rolig - albummet vil selvfølgelig også have den kendetegnende kontrast mellem de melodiske numre over for hurtigere og tungere smadder!"

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Neurotic Deathfest announces seven new names

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Neurotic Deathfest announces seven new names
On April 29th & April 30th 2011 the leading death metal festival of Europe will once again come to the 013 venue in Tilburg, Netherlands. The organization earlier confirmed heavywheight acts such as AUTOPSY, AT THE GATES, EXHUMED, MISERY INDEX and DECAPITATED. This time, right before the holidays, there are seven more aan, inclusief exclusive performances by HATE ETERNAL, OBSCURA, MAGRUDERGRIND and BEHEADED.
HATE ETERNAL, the American hyper-death metal formation of Erik Rutan will be present again on the Neurotic Deathfest, ever since their crushing performance on the festival in 2008. The German technical death metal ensemble OBSCURA, who were seen as one of the best newcomers on Neurotic Deathfest 2009 will return in 2011 as well. Other bands to be confirmed are: BEHEADED from malta, who will perform a special 20th anniversary sett, slam-death machine VULVECTOMY from Italy, the grind hit of the moment MAGRUDERGRIND from the US, the Canadian deathsters of BENEATH THE MASSACRE and the Dutch band ANTROPOMORPHIA. This last act might be unknown to many younger fans, but this band received quite some praise in the nineties with their album ‘Necromantic Love Songs’ and are recently reformed.
There are a Total of 26 acts confirmed, this means that there are yet 16 acts to be announced to get to the grand Total of 42 performing bands. An alphabetical overview of bands confirmed to this date:
GRAVE (SE) (special 'Into The Grave' set)

A nice addition to previous editions of the Neurotic Deathfest is that visitors can buy an all-in ticket and secure themselves to have a spot on the Neurotic Deathfest camping (which is located on an actual camping right outside Tilburg). This camping has it all, from a fresh bakery to electricity and from free hot water showers to excellent toilet facilities and a snack joint serving a variety of well priced food. With the all-in ticket you do not only get a 2-day festival ticket, but also a campsite ticket as well as the right of continuous transport from and to the festival with coaches. Be quick if you want to be on this campsite, there is only limited space available.
Neurotic Deathfest 2011
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th of April 2011

1-day ticket Friday April 29th:                          € 40,00 (excl. service costs)
1-day ticket Saturday April 30th:                    € 40,00 (excl. service costs)
2-day Weekend ticket:                                      € 75,00 (excl. service costs)
2-day Weekend ticket incl. camping:            € 125,00 (excl. service costs)

First band:
15:00 | Doors: 14:00
Ticket sale started on October 30th 2010 on 10:00h CET.

013, Veemarktstraat 44, Tilburg,
Neurotic Deathfest,

Nevermore confirmed for Brutal Assault

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EXODUS, KHOLD and NEVERMORE have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Brutal Assault festival, set to take place August 11-13, 2011 inside the Old Army Fotress in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


For more information, visit

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cadaveria's Facebook presence

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These days most bands tend to have 3 websites (and that's just the official ones) - their domain site, a MySpace page and a Facebook page. Sure enough Cadaveria have just announced their presence on Facebook. Check it out!

Enthrallment releases a new song

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The Bulgarian Death Metal Invaders ENTHRALLMENT have released a new song from the demo of their forthcoming album. The band was started in 1998 and this is their 6th release. 

According to the members of ENTHRALLMENT their new stuff will be a massacre. The title of the song is “Chronicle Of  Sorrow” and you can listen to it on the band’s page:

Anatomy of I - Promo clip available

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A 5 minute promo clip of ANATOMY OF I's debut album is available at the following link:

Michael Dorrian - Vocals/Guitars/Guitar-synth
Steve Di Giorgio - Fretless Bass
Dirk Verbeuren - Drums

Mixed at Fear Studios by Simone Mularoni
Mastered at SM-studios by Simone Mularoni
Vocals recorded at AK Studios
Bass & Guitars recorded at Gugglebum Studios
Drums recorded at Die Crawling Studios

New Divinefire album out late March

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The Swedish/Finnish and now also Brazilian melodic metal band DIVINEFIRE are back and will release their 5th studio album called EYE OF THE STORM in late March 2011 in JAPAN through KING RECORDS and in April through LILJEGREN RECORDS for the rest of the world.

The big news is the new line-up of DIVINEFIRE. The band is now fronted by two vocalists Christian Liljegren (GOLDEN RESURRECTION) & German Pascual (NARNIA) and both vocalists have fronted the loved melodic neoclassical metal band NARNIA who did their last concert at CHRISTMAS ROCKNACHT in ENNEPETAL,GERMANY December 3, 2010.
Together with guitarist and composer JANI STEFANOVIC - DIVINEFIRE are ready to deliver an exploding metal album called EYE OF THE STORM.
Soundclips and more information about the band and the new album will soon be available at /

Christian Liljegren's band GOLDEN RESURRECTION have just released their 3rd  promotional video PROUD TO WEAR THE HOLY CROSS on youtube taken from their debut album GLORY TO MY KING. See the video on this links below!

Mr. Gil - New album out January 21

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MR GIL - "Light And Sound" - new album out on 21st January 2011 ! First video available!

New album by one of the most respected Polish progressive musician - Mirek Gil - will be released on 21st January via Electrum Producion/Twilight Distribution. Former Collage and current Believe leader is releasing now the third album entitled "Light And Sound" under the moniker MR GIL.
MR GIL - firstly being solo project of Mirek Gil released debut album "Alone" in 1998, and after decade of silence returned to full activity with refreshed line-up and turned into regular band. Last year album "Skellig" hit the stores - and in January MR GIL will release third studio effort "Light And Sound"
The album was recorded in DreamStudio and features 10 tracks:
01.One Wish To Mother
02.No More Of The Dark
03.Best Regards
06.King Of Gold
07.Kto Aniołem Był? (acoustic)
08.The Bright Island
09.Light And Sound
10.Kto Aniołem Był?
New video for the track “Kto Aniołem Był?” (arranged as Christmas song) is already available on Electrum Production YouTube new channel:
You can also check two other songs "Kings Of Gold" and "Easily" on band's Myspace page:

Relapse Records launches free sampler

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Relapse Records is currently offering a free, 26 track, digital label sampler online now exclusively via the label's Facebook Page The sampler includes previously unreleased tracks from RED FANG, ABYSMAL DAWN, NOISEAR, as well as tracks from OBSCURA, BARONESS, BLACK TUSK, DYING FETUS, DEATH, and many more. A complete track listing can be found below.

2010 marked the 20th anniversary for Relapse Records and the label's legacy will continue to grow in 2011 with expected new releases from BARONESS, OBSCURA, PIG DESTROYER, EXHUMED, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, TOMBS, BRUTAL TRUTH, REVOCATION, NECROPHAGIST, and more.

Relapse Records Digital Sampler track list:

*denotes exclusive first listen*

01 - Baroness - "Swollen and Halo"
02 - Red Fang - "Number Thirteen" *
03 - Black Tusk - "Embrace The Madness"
04 - Revocation - "ReaniManiacs"
05 - Obscura - "Incarnated"
06 - Abysmal Dawn "In Service of Time" *
07 - Cephalic Carnage - "When I Arrive"
08 - Dying Fetus - "Descend Into Depravity"
09 - Misery Index - "The Spectator"
10 - Black Anvil - "Scalping"
11 - Tombs - "Merrimack"
12 - Howl - "Heavenless"
13 - Kingdom Of Sorrow - "God's Law In The Devil's Land"
14 - Toxic Holocaust - "Nuke The Cross"
15 - Noisear -  Global Warning*
16 - Murder Construct - "End of An Error"
17 - Kill The Client -  "Vicious Slaughter"
18 - Agoraphobic Nosebleed - "Agorapocalypse Now"
19 - Brutal Truth - "Get A Therapist...Spare The World"
20 - Royal Thunder - "Mouth of Fire"
21 - Titan - "Wooded Altar Beyond The Wander"
22 - Mose Giganticus - "The Great Deceiver"
23 - Circle of Animals -  "No Faith"
24 - Cough - "Crippled Wizard"
25 - Horseback - "Invokation"
26 - Death - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow (re-master) *

Fester's "Winter of Sin" re-issued

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FESTER Winter Of Sin Reissue Out Tomorrow On Abyss Records

Originally released in 1992, the reissue of FESTER's now classic offering of Norwegian black /death metal, Winter Of Sin, will be available tomorrow (December 24th) on Abyss Records. Completely remixed, remastered and repackaged, the Abyss Records reissue contains all nine original tracks and a bonus live recording of "When Darkness Confirms," recorded in 1991. Visit to purchase a copy or to stream select tracks from the album.

Winter Of Sin
Senses Are The True You
The Ancient Gods Wore Black
As The Swords Clinch The Air
A Dogfight Leaves A Trace
The Commitments The Shattered
When Darkness Confirms (Live '91)

...if you really want to experience what it was like to have been a part of that inner circle that included Euro, Faust, Vikernes etc, then this album will give you a flavour with its totally underground don't-give-a-fuck attitude. And that my friends, it what being truly evil is all about. -

Wow, now this is a nice little blast from the death metal past, now innit? -

9.5 / 10 - Queens Of Steel

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vreid - Album video trailer on-line

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New album "V" out 07.02.2011 via Indie Recordings

Check out the album video trailer at:

Vreid has also announced the two first festivals for the summer: Wacken Open Air and Utkant Festivalen

Feburary 7th 2011 will see the release of The Black and Roll Brigade’s darkest, heaviest and most complex songs to date. The Black & Roll Brigade has build their sound on Norwegian Blackness & 70ties Rock. On V this is still their ground, but more than ever their brew has a flavour of the guitar based metal from mid 80`s to mid 90`s. The past illuminates Vreid`s present & future, and with the new album they are reunited with guitar maestro «Strom» from the Windir & Ulcus days (Former Guitarist Ese left the band late 2009). History is the lifeline through Vreid`s lyrics, and this time they are fuelled of thoughts by the likes of Hamsun, Munch & Sarte to name a few. Their nine darkest, heaviest and most complex songs to date are wrapped in a powerful & crystal clear production conducted by songwriter & bass player Hváll himself. All produced and mixed in his own 1184 studio. Vreid has marched across the world with over 200 shows since their start back in 2004, and will be hitting the road with full speed in 2011.

Track list:
1 Arche
2 The Blood Eagle
3 Wolverine Bastards
4 The Sound Of The River
5 Fire On The Mountain
6 The Others & The Look
7 Slave
8 Welcome To The Asylum
9 Then We Die

Artillery - "My Blood" out March 21, 2011

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Artillery, one of the best thrash metal bands around, is currently working in Medley Studios, Denmark on the follow-up to their highly acclaimed album “When Death Comes” (2009). The new material entitled “My Blood” will be released by Metal Mind Productions in March 2011.
So far Artillery recorded 14 songs - 10 brand new tracks, a remake of “Ain´t Giving In” (from 1992´s "Mind Factory" demo) and 3 bonus tracks which are all new versions of timeless classics from the 1985’s album “Fear of Tomorrow” ("The Eternal War", "The Almighty", "Show Your Hate").
Artillery 9.12.2010 - photo by John-son

Soren Adamsen, Artillery’s vocalist, revealed a few titles of the new tracks. He also described the lyrics for those tracks:

1. “The Great Satan” – it’s a song about the decadence of the western society and evil empires all around the world.
2. “Monster” - a song about serial killers. None in particular.
3. “Death is an Illusion” - a track about life and death.
4. “The End of Eternity”- dealing with depression and thoughts about starting a new life.
5. “Mi Sangre” – it’s about my son. It’s a 7 and a half-minute song, almost an epic endeavor.
6. “Concealed in the Dark” -  two words - David Sharp. Go search for it on the internet, it’s an interesting story.
7. “Dark Days” – it’s about the change in the climate.
8. “Warrior Blood” - a song about fighting. Soldiers, prize-fighters, people who are struggling with deadly diseases.
What can we expect from the musical side of the new album? Guitarist Michael Stützer says: “The sound is a bit more heavy than it was on ‘When Death Comes’. The music is a mixture of our previous albums ‘When Death Comes’ and ‘By Inheritance’, with a slight touch of ‘Terror Squad’ and ‘Fear of Tomorrow’ with some oriental pieces.” Producer Søren Adamsen added: "There is an almost rock´n roll feeling in some of the songs".
The release date of "My Blood" is set for 9th March 2011 in Japan (via Kings Records), 21st March 2011 in Europe and 5th April 2011 in USA (via MVD). Full details to be announced soon.

Qube releasing new album January 21, 2011

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Polish progmetal QUBE releases new album "Incubate" in January!

Polish progressive metal/rock outfit QUBE has recently signed a deal with Electrum Production for the european release of their second album "Incubate". Originating from Lublin this 5-piece mixes progressive and technical elements with hardcore, energetic nu-metal, psychodelic artrock atmosphere, complex shapes and sometimes even funk.

Their second album was recorded early this year in Mantis Studio - soon after QUBE signed a contract and released "Incubate" firstly only in Poland in the second part of 2010. The album received very positive feedback and the band decided to present their music to wider audience. Thanks to Twilight Vertrieb distribution - "Incubate" will be released on 21st January 2011 europewide.

"Incubate" contains 6 progressive works:
4.In The Name Of God
6.Way To Nowhere
First track from this album is available for free download on band's official site -
The closing track is available for streaming on band's Myspace site -
Currently QUBE is recording their first video for the track "In The Name Of God" which will be available around release date.
The band is also setting for spring "Incubate Tour" together with VOTUM - together they will play in 9 biggest cities in  Poland.

Vex' "Thanatopsis" receiving praise

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"Although mainly death metal oriented, they spice things up with so many elements from black, folk, prog and thrash and add a layer of occult elements throughout the album to create something of their own The variation between songs and within songs keeps things fresh and interesting and is a definite selling point. A more than interesting album for anyone who likes occult themed blackened death." - Lords of Metal

"Vex's Thanatopsis has been added to a list of favorite new albums for this year.The genre Vex offers is difficult to pinpoint. They are described as a death/thrash metal band, but there are elements of black metal and moments of an almost groovy rock sound. Thanatopsis has such an irregular style that it is no wonder it is too vast to put just one finger on its genre. A mixture of influences like Iron Maiden, Rush, Bathory, Van Morrison, James Joyce, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Guinness, Patron, and self-loathing are bound to produce an original sound." - Blistering [9.5/10]

"With masters degree students comprising the line up and influences that range from Dissection to Rush to Absu we're talking about stuff deviating from the norm. Vex have done all the hard work on the 7 long tracks on this album, all you need to do is sit back, listen and be prepared to have Vex grow some braincells on yer bonce!!" - Battle Helm

"The band from Texas releases his first album and immediately scores points" - Flight of Pegasus

"You might be quite surprised to discover that Vex are some long obscured treasure of progressive, moody melodic death/black/thrash metal that seems rather uncanny hailing from Texas, one of the brutal death capitals of the States.Here we've got something well off the beaten path, even though the stones paving said path have been lifted from more frequently traveled concourses."  - From the Dust Returned

"There may well be only seven songs on the album but buyers will feel in no way short changed as in the main this is an
exercise in excellence." - Sea of Tranquility


"The riffs are sometimes blistering and blackened, laden with trem picking and melodic passages-and sometimes the band breaks it down to harmonious doomy, atmospheric parts. In both cases, everything feels in its place and the record flows expertly making for a fantastic listening experience that is both heavy and emotionally evocative.Thanatopsisis one of the most enjoyable underground offerings that this Angry Metal Guy has heard all year.  " - The Angry Metal Guy

As You Drown working on album #2

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Swedish death metallers AS YOU DROWN commenced writing material for the bands as of yet untitled sophomore album to be released next year via Metal Blade Records worldwide.  The follow up to Reflection will be recorded at the bands own AYD Studio in Borås Sweden.  The band recently commented on the new material and the writing process:
“Since coming home from our tour with VADER and DIVINE CHAOS earlier this year, we've been working hard on some new material. Right now we've got our sights set on recording some time in the spring, which means the record will hopefully be out in the early fall. The material is sounding very promising/menacing so far, so prepare yourselves for a tidal wave of death metal insanity coming your way...
Also, we're obviously looking to do some serious touring in 2011, stay tuned for dates. We pretty much can't wait to get this beast back on the road and we expect to see all of you crazy fuckers out there!”
AS YOU DROWN’s debut album Reflection was released in July 2009 via Metal Blade worldwide.  In addition to appearing at multiple open air festivals during summer the band toured Europe with VADER as part of the Blitzkreig 5 Tour in February.  Live fan filmed footage of “Swallow” can be found at the link below:
For more information and multimedia, visit the band’s Myspace Page.
Henrik Blomqvist - Vocals
Mikael Åkerström - Guitar
Simon Exner - Guitar
Martin Latvala - Drums
Robert Karlsson – Bass

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Marionette signs deal with Warner/Chappell Music

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MARIONETTE Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia; In Mixing Mode; Video Diary From UK Headline Tour Available

Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet MARIONETTE has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia (MESHUGGAH, SABATON).  The band is currently mixing its as-of-yet-untitled third album with Pontus Hjelm (DEAD BY APRIL) at Studio PH in Gothenburg Sweden.

Commented by Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia’s Sanken Sandqvist:
“Sweden has continued to produce quality metal acts for over twenty years now.  But MARIONETTE stands out above all for its focus on creating quality metal that is innovative and unconventional, while putting on an excellent, interactive, live show that is above and beyond what most bands with dudes in jeans and t-shirts can do in concert.  We look forward to working with these young guys from Gothenburg and helping them grow to new heights.”

Guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member Aron Parmerud added:

“We are proud to announce that we have signed with Warner Chappell for publishing our previous two albums and our future material.  This worldwide deal will give us the support of one of the worlds largest publishing companies, allowing us to focus on creating new and innovative music, which has been our goal since 2005.

“Everyone at the MARIONETTE camp has been 100% focused on the mixing of our third album, which is occurring (as I type) at Studio PH with Pontus Hjelm.  This album is by far our most mature release to date; there are a lot of new elements we are introducing to the MARIONETTE sound.  We expect to turn a lot of heads with this release, and so far the response to the new material we played live on our “The SlaughTour 2010” headline tour of the UK and dates with DARK TRANQUILLITY earlier this year was received extremely well both by MARIONETTE fans and people who have never seen or heard us before.  After our album is mastered in January we look forward to getting back on the road and sharing more new material with everyone who sees us live next year.  Some titles of tracks on the album are ‘Something Forgotten’, ‘Remember Your Name’, ‘Stand In Line’ and ‘Lights Out’.”

MARIONETTE recently concluded its “The SlaughTour 2010” UK headline tour and Scandinavian dates supporting Dark Tranquillity: the first tour dates featuring new vocalist Alexander Andersson (ELDRIMNER) who joined the band in the spring.  The second video diary from the headline tour can be viewed at the link below:

Minushuman joins Season of Mist

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Season of Mist is happy to announce that France's MINUSHUMAN just joined the label's roster! The follow-up to 2008's highly praised "Watch the World Die" should hit the stores in June 2011.

Guitarist and songwriter Thomas Billerey made the following statement about the signing: "Things are moving. Continuously. After a decade of aggressive musical experiments, the guys of MINUSHUMAN and I are really proud to announce that we're joining Season of Mist, home of Morbid Angel, Cynic, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem... The real deal is starting now. The band and I are really honoured to take part in the label's history. Be sure we'll make things happen. Our forthcoming album will be the first rock in the road we're all paving together, and we'll do our best to achieve something big."
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Mighty Music signer Helhorse og Pitchblack

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Targets eget metalselskab, MIGHTY MUSIC blev grundlagt tilbage i 1997 og har siden udgivet mere end 30 albums med anerkendte bands fra både ind- og udland, her iblandt Artillery, Raunchy, A Kid Hereafter In The Grinding Light, Exmortem, Panzerchrist og Boil. MIGHTY MUSIC lægger an til udgivelsen af nyt fra både HELHORSE og PITCHBLACK mandag d. 28. februar. Og husk kun fire uger inden udsender vi nyt fra SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH. Alle tre meget spændende og brillante eksempler på den danske metals nye generation af sprudlende kreative bands.

Foto: Andreas Krohn

HELHORSE, som tidligere hed Dødning, har indspillet debuten “For Wolves And Vultures” i Dead Rat Studio med den danske metallegende Jacob Bredahl (HateSphere, As We Fight, Purified In Blood) bag knapperne. Albummet består af 10 numre, der er indspillet live, hvor det har lykkedes for Jacob Bredahl at skabe en lyd og dynamik, som ellers kan være svær for et liveband at indspille. Numrene varierer fra hurtige punk og hardcore inspirerede numre til mere tilbagelænede, dog alle med den særlige lyd, hvor det store guitarriff er sat i centrum. HELHORSE vækker opsigt, hvor de kommer frem. I det forgange efterår er det sket hele to gange på P3’s formiddagssendeflade, hvor ”Torsdags Tons” har præsenteret bandet overfor alle landets radiolyttere. Her fik de sågar pæne ord og rygklap med på vejen fra både Volbeats Michael Poulsen og Infernals Lina Rafn.

HELHORSE, der tidligere har spillet opvarmning for bands som Black Label Society, Exodus, Opeth, 3 Inches of Blood og Torche har næsten samtidig med signingen til Mighty Music indgået en bookingaftale. Det er sket med Gearbox Agency, som i forvejen repræsenterer bands som Baby Woodrose, The Blue Van og The Attacks.

”For Wolves And Vultures” udsendes i Danmark mandag d. 28. februar 2011 via Mighty Music/Target Distribution. Udgivelse i resten af Europa er endnu ikke fastsat.

Foto: Johnny Frederiksen

Provokation og vrede er nøgleordene på PITCHBLACK’s andet album ”The Devilty”, der er opfølgeren til debutalbummet ”Designed To Dislike”, der i 2007 blev kåret til ”Best debut metal album” ved Danish Metal Awards. Med ”The Devilty” udfordrer bandet lyrisk såvel som musikalsk en klichepræget og konservativ metalscene. Mercyful Fate-guitarist Hank Sherman, der blandt andet tog fotos og lavede coverartwork til bandets debutalbum, gæsteoptræder i sit bedste element på ”The Devilty” med en ægte Sherman-solo. Det sker på nummeret ”Promise Of A Dead Man”. Tue Madsen (Sick Of It All, The Haunted, Mnemic) har mixet og mastereret pladen og sørget for den fyldige, beskidte og brutale lyd.  Pladen er indspillet i guitarist Thomas Pedersens studie Earplug Studio. Desuden har PITCHBLACK på ”The Devilty” allieret sig med en erfaren kriminalfotograf fra Ekstra Bladet, som har sørget for at tage de voldsomme billeder, som præger cover og booklet. Coveret til ”The Devilty” er symbolsk. Liget er en metafor for ondskaben - fordommene, som bandets album handler om og som PITCHBLACK med et hjemmelavet ord kalder ”The Devilty”. Det skal tolkes således, at bandet ønsker at udrydde fordommene, men samtidig erkender, at det ikke kan ske, uden man selv står tilbage med blod på hænderne.

”The Devilty” udsendes i Danmark mandag d. 28. februar 2011 via Mighty Music/Target Distribution. Udgivelse i resten af Europa er endnu ikke fastsat.

Foto: Henrik Ziegler

SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH, eller SIFIFI som mange ynder at forkorte det eklektiske band navn, er en sær og legesyg sekstet, der har begået albummet ”We Are The Sound”, en debutskive, der uden omsvøb skiller sig ud fra alt andet rock pt. produceret i Danmark. Bandet har skabt ti sange i Bad Coffee Studios, der alle er defineret af komplekse kompositioner og et lydbillede rastløst vekslende mellem smukke melodier og nærmest hysteriske energiudladninger af guitar. Det til tider dystre og negativt ladede lydbillede og tekstunivers er en direkte afledning af forsanger Mirza Radonjicas baggrund som politisk flygtning og assimileret indvandrer der splitter ham mellem hans demokratiske livssyn og hans sociale arv, mellem harmoni og absolut kaos. De ti skæringer har været et kreativt frirum, hvor håbet, kærligheden, hadet og forvirringen dyrkes til fulde, og hvor den snigende sindssyge er åbenbaret i de energiske og fandenivoldske violin-roller, næsten usammenhængende skrig og råb, og det dobbelttydige sprog. Alt fletter sig ud og ind i mellem de strukturerede melodier og storladne omkvæd. SIFIFI’s sange skiller sig yderligere ud med sine Balkan-undertoner, takket være violinist Jonas Klitgaards dominerende rolle i bandets lydbillede.

SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH, der tidligere har vundet den nationale bandkonkurrence Melody Makers Contest og en indspilning hos Flemming Rasmussen i det hedengangne Sweet Silence Studio har udover deres to EP-udgivelser haft en omfattende tour kørende i foråret, hvor de lagde vejen forbi 15 danske byer og bl.a supportede Funeral For A Friend samt Black City.

”We Are The Sound” udsendes i Danmark mandag d. 31. januar 2011 via Mighty Music/Target Distribution. Udgivelse i resten af Europa er endnu ikke fastsat.