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20.03Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Get New Female Guitarist
 Sonic Syndicate - New Album In Summer
 Officium Triste - Line Up Change
 Vanden Plas - Confirmed For ProgPower Scandinavia
19.03Pestilence - Touring With Former Guitarist Patrick Uterwijk
18.03Krisiun - Sign USA Deal With Strictly Heavy Management
 Sigh - Venom Tribute Album Recorded
 Detonation - Announces New Guitarist
17.03The Haunted - New Album On The Way
16.03Kalmah - New Album Tracklist Revealed
 Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 - Tour Dates
15.03Decapitated - DVD Out In June
 Mithras - Part Ways With Candlelight Records
 Iced Earth - New Single In June
 Metallica - To Re-Issue Early Albums On Vinyl
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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Get New Female Guitarist

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will be supported by Lady Cat-Man on guitar from now on. She will replace guitarist Pitrone, who the band split up with.

A statement of the band on http://www.reitermania.de reads as follows: "Hello Maniacs. There was a line up change. Pitrone is no longer part of the band. His job as guitarist will be taken over by Lady Cat-Man this instant. We hesitated for a long time to take this step, but there were many reasons to let Pitrone go and look for a replacement.

Not many of you know that Pitrone himself wanted to leave in May 2006. That hit us like a ten ton hammer back then since "Riders On The Storm" was about to be released and the Riders-tour in autumn was threatened. After a week of looking desperately for a replacement we got a surprise call from Pitrone, saying that he wanted to continue after all. So hold your horses? Since the schedule was so tight we hardly had the time to think it over. Still, the bitter aftertaste lingered. Not on tour, not during backstage parties, but being home alone with all the sudden silence there was the feeling that something wasn't working, somehow everything felt tainted.

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Source: nuclearblast.de
Band profile: Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Posted: 20.03.2008 by Thryce | Comments (2)


Sonic Syndicate - New Album In Summer

Sonic Syndicate have entered Black Lounge studios to record their follow up album to "Only Inhuman", which will be released in late summer. For the next 6 weeks the band will be sharing some of their every day lives as they begin to record their new album (Title soon to be released).

Commented bassist Karin Axelsson on the band's MySpace: "We can't wait to get started. It's been an amazing year and everyone has been writing new music like crazy at home and on tour. A lot of people have been asking what the new material will sound like and all I have to say is, 'Time will tell.'"

Sonic Syndicate made its U.S. live debut with Amon Amarth and Himsa. The band will return in May as direct support to Nightwish.

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Source: mngmusic.net
Band profile: Sonic Syndicate
Posted: 20.03.2008 by Thryce | Comments (4)


Officium Triste - Line Up Change

Once again we can inform you about a change within Officium Triste's line up. After much thought Martin has decided to quit drumming and start focusing on the synth-parts. As one of the main composers he has always had a big influence on the music and especially the synths. So, from now on he'll be doing the synths and he keeps on writing music. His decision has a lot to do with the fact he's living in Germany and he feels he cannot deliver what is needed for the band when talking about rehearsing and doing live gigs. Therefore, Martin has decided to switch to synths exclusively. This will give the band much more opportunities and we're happy to see Martin in this setting.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Officium Triste
Posted: 20.03.2008 by Marcel H. | Comments (0)


Vanden Plas - Confirmed For ProgPower Scandinavia

The following announcement was posted on the official ProgPower Scandinavia homepage a while back:

"Finally we can announce the last band for PP Scan '08 - the headliner for Friday October 31st:

Vanden Plas from Germany is one of the most well-respected melodic progressive metal bands around. With a 20 year history behind them, the band made their big mark on the scene back in the mid-nineties with such great discs as "Colour Temple" and "The God Thing". Their latest release, the impressive conceptual album "Christ O" from 2006 see the band taking another step further in combining easy-listening hard rock melodies with technical prog-metal.
Last time Vanden Plas played in Copenhagen was almost 10 years ago, as support for Dream Theater in front of 5.000 fans. With their show on ProgPower Scandinavia, Friday October 31st 2008, we're bringing back Vanden Plas for a long overdue performance here in Denmark."

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Source: progpowerscandinavia.com
Band profile: Vanden Plas
Event: ProgPower Scandinavia
Posted: 20.03.2008 by GT | Comments (7)


Pestilence - Touring With Former Guitarist Patrick Uterwijk

According to a posting on Blabbermouth Patrick Uterwijk will join Pestilence as touring guitarist.

Dutch guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the upcoming album and tour from his resurrected late '80s/early '90s death metal outfit Pestilence: "Although previous statements about a Pestilence reunion with original members (which I think still isn't my intention), it's with great pleasure to announce that none other than Patrick Uterwijk will be touring once again with Pestilence next year. "After almost six years, I got in touch with Patrick U. through a mutual friend, Sean Sitka. He gave me Uterwijk's mail address and phone number stressing me I have to call the guy since Tymon K. wasn't gonna work out because of his involvement with CYNIC. We spoke for one and a half hour about the past and future. "Although he will not be recording for the new album, he got very excited about the new material as well. We also spoke about his illness because of the energy it takes to do a tour." Uterwijk said in a statement: "I'm feeling great and doctors think now I'm probably not suffering from M.S. at all (first diagnoses at the time made doctors think this was the case). This off course is great news as well!!!! So now, people can enjoy Pestilence live in an almost original and familiar setting!!!"

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Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Pestilence
Posted: 19.03.2008 by JPT | Comments (1)


Krisiun - Sign USA Deal With Strictly Heavy Management

BW&BK has received a Krisiun press release stating the band signed with Strictly Heavy Management on March 1st. It appears below:

"It is often the case, a successful metal band will seek out management assistance after being signed to a major label, touring the world, and even selling many records. A decision not easily reached, likely due to the many management horror stories reported among our industry peers. With long-term career aspirations, the Brazilian Death Metal band Krisiun sought a personal management agreement with Strictly Heavy Management, owned and operated by the veteran personal manager, Theresa C. Mullins-Aldao.

Strictly Heavy Management is proud to announce the signing of Krisiun to an exclusive North American territory personal management deal. Strictly Heavy Management (SHM) was founded in 1995, with it's first three (3) metal bands on the roster which were also from South America. Owner, Theresa Aldao says, "heavy metal never died down there, but Krisiun's geographic location warrants special attention to communication and functioning details. Krisiun is signed to one of the best metal labels, they tour and sell their products around the world. No doubt the band has incredible label support, but it is my desire to bring them to the forefront. To increase their sale figures, to increase their performance draw, to build their demand. Building the business of the band is what we are all about."

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Source: bravewords.com
Band profile: Krisiun
Posted: 18.03.2008 by Thryce | Comments (1)


Sigh - Venom Tribute Album Recorded

In an update from the band, singer Mirai Kawashima reports: "Sigh entered the studio last week, recording six Venom covers for an upcoming release from the band on The End Records appropriately titled "Sigh's Tribute To Venom." This recording marks Mikannibal's studio debut with Sigh (vocals/sax).

Paying tribute to Venom goes all the way back to Sigh's earliest days, with covers being regularly played at shows. A rare live tribute album was released on cassette from "Voices From The Dark Side Productions" in 1995.

Track listing:

01. Black Metal
02. Schizo
03. Die Hard
04. Countless Bathory
05. Teacher's Pet
06. Witching Hour

Recording Lineup:


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Source: sighjapan.com
Band profile: Sigh
Posted: 18.03.2008 by Thryce | Comments (5)


Detonation - Announces New Guitarist

After playing together in the same line-up for over 10 years, Dutch melodic thrashers Detonation are now making their first ever line-up change.

The band has welcomed Danny Tunker (also Fuelblooded, The Saturnine) to the ranks to handle the guitar. This automatically means that co-founder Koen Romeijn (Guitar/Vocals) will lay down his guitar within Detonation, and that he will be focusing on the vocals only from this point on.

Commented vocalist Koen Romeijn:

We all felt the need for a change within Detonation, and I had been thinking about focusing on the vocals for quite some time now, so I decided to bring in my idea to the group. Mike, Otto and Thomas were all quite shocked that this decision came from me, but they were all positively surprised. Danny, besides being one of our closest friends, is easily one of the best guitar players in the Netherlands, and we all believe that he is the only person suitable for the job. So from now on, he will be handling my guitar parts, and I will start focusing my energy on the vocals, which without doubt will be a positive change for our live shows and performance and most important; our future albums! As for the creative aspect, I will still function as one of the songwriters for Detonation, as I have been doing since the beginning of this band, so no worries for the die-hard Detonation fans haha! I personally can't wait for Danny to join us on stage and in the writing process of our upcoming 4th album!

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Source: blog.myspace.com
Band profile: Detonation
Posted: 18.03.2008 by Marcel H. | Comments (6)


The Haunted - New Album On The Way

Swedish thrashers The Haunted have posted on their MySpace page a new video clip featuring interviews with the band members about the songwriting process for the band's new album.

The video clip is available in:
- A High Definition Flash Version: Link].
(A minimum of 1280*720 desktop resolution required. Also, you need the latest version of Flash).
- A Low-Resolution Youtube Version: Link].

The follow-up to 2006's "The Dead Eye" will once again be recorded at PUK studios in Denmark beginning on April 1, with the vocals sessions scheduled to take place at In Flames' IF studio (former location of Studio Fredman) in Gothenburg (Sweden).

Some working song titles set to appear on the CD: 'Walk On Water', 'Final Regression', 'You', 'Faultline' and 'Narcotic'.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: The Haunted
Posted: 17.03.2008 by White Winter Sun | Comments (6)


Kalmah - New Album Tracklist Revealed

According to a posting on Kalmah's website, recording dust has settled and the band is now working on the booklet. The album cover will be revealed next week. "For The Revolution" was mastered at Cutting Room, Sweden, and will be released on 2 April. The complete tracklist is:

01. For The Revolution
02. Dead Man's Shadow
03. Holy Symphony Of War
04. Wings Of Blackening
05. Ready For Salvation
06. Towards The Sky
07. Outremer
08. Coward
09. Like A Slave


Source: kalmah.com
Band profile: Kalmah
Posted: 16.03.2008 by Death's Shadow | Comments (13)


Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 - Tour Dates

Ten bands, representing five different countries, will join forces June 20th in Detroit to kick off the Summer Slaughter Tour of 2008.

Summer Slaughter founder Ash Avildsen had this to say regarding the tour: "After the astounding success of Summer Slaughter 2007 and the high demand from the underground metal community for bringing the tour back for a second year, we had no choice but to make it a reality again! We put a lot of time, thought and effort in to assembling one of the most diverse, yet cohesive extreme metal line-ups the genre has ever seen. While all the bands share the common theme of progressive musicianship and technical brutality, they all still clearly have their own distinct sound and vibe that they bring to the mix."

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Source: lambgoat.com
Event: The Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 - North America
Posted: 16.03.2008 by Thryce | Comments (9)


Decapitated - DVD Out In June

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce release of the first ever DVD by Decapitated! The material entitled "Human's Dust" will be released on 9th June in Europe and 10th June in USA.

This Polish death metal band was formed in 1996 when the average age of the band members was just 14. All attending the music school, yet facing ridicule with the release of their debut demo ("Cemeteral Gardens", June '97) due to their young age, they succeeded in gaining respect with sound that convinced many that Decapitated is not just another ordinary band. With the follow-up demo ("The Eye of Horus", October '98), the band's abilities really began to shine…. Many people focused on Decapitated's age as a reason to doubt them - the fact was that the band were already becoming an established live act throughout Poland, and in working so hard on the road had earned themselves a cult reputation as genuine contenders rather than simple novelties. Further exposure was garnered by the inclusion of their tracks on the 2000 Relapse Records "Polish Assault" compilation alongside Yattering, Lost Soul and Damnable. Their first album entitled "Winds Of Creation", recorded for Earache subsidiary Wicked World, was produced by VADER's Piotr Wiwczarek. Released in April 2000, the record immediately struck the world-wide attention of death metal fans and the band began to be hailed as potential big league players. They've released 4 studio albums so far ("Winds Of Creation" 2000, "Nihility" 2002, "The Negation" 2004, "Organic Hallucinosis" 2006). The band's early demos were released by Metal Mind Productions on a CD entitled "The First Damned".

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Source: metalmind.com.pl
Band profile: Decapitated
Posted: 15.03.2008 by Thryce | Comments (5)


Mithras - Part Ways With Candlelight Records

Leon Macey from Mithras has posted the following statement:

"Firstoff, we're no longer signed to Candlelight Records. Although we signed with them for a possible three albums (of which "Behind The Shadows Lie Madness" was the first), Candlelight decided not to take up the option in our contract for what we're just calling "album four" atm, giving the reason that we don't tour. While we're not particularly disgruntled by this, it did come as a bit of a surprise given the fact we made them aware we weren't a touring band when they signed us (and we signed as a duo). However, the music industry has changed a lot over the last few years and it is definitely a different and harder market these days. Nonetheless, it was a great experience working with Candlelight on "Behind The Shadows..." and we wish them all the best for the future. Work continues on album four as I type this...

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Source: mithras.org.uk
Band profile: Mithras
Posted: 15.03.2008 by Thryce | Comments (2)


Iced Earth - New Single In June

With the framework for the Armageddon Of Man firmly laid with the band's 2007 full-length release, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I", Iced Earth are set to launch the next installment of Jon Schaffer's "Something Wicked" saga with the release of their new single, "I Walk Among You", in June of 2008. The full-length studio follow-up to "Something Wicked Part I" is due for release in Fall of 2008.

The new single and proceeding full-length studio album mark the return of longtime frontman, Matt Barlow to the band who's dark and sinister tones are the perfect fit to narrate the intense and viscous annihilation of mankind set in motion with the birth of the story's main character, "Set Abominae", in "Something Wicked Part II." The single will allow fans to get a glimpse of the bright future for the band, and the perhaps not-so-bright future for humanity as we now know it.

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Source: icedearth.com
Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 15.03.2008 by CyGuy6587 | Comments (11)


Metallica - To Re-Issue Early Albums On Vinyl

Metallica have issued the following update:

"While we're finishing up the new album, we told the dudes at the record company we thought it might be cool to dust off the old tapes and get all retro with some vinyl re-releases... First up are the first two albums (duh!?), "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning," coming out on April 15 in North America and pretty fucking close to that in the rest of the world.

There will be two versions... one like the original on a single disc spinning at 33 1/3, the other a two disc, 180 gram vinyl, 45 rpm package all in a double gatefold. The music was half speed mastered from the original analog tapes at Mobile Fidelity to bring you audiophile quality.

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Source: metallica.com
Band profile: Metallica
Posted: 15.03.2008 by Dane Train | Comments (35)


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