NUCLEAR BLAST is proud to announce that reunited Dutch Death Metal legends GOREFEST have signed a multi-album deal. Expect new music towards the end of the year.
On their website, GOREFEST comment: "It's turning out to be a pretty amazing year for us, first of all getting together again and now getting back to the world's leading metal label! And it sure feels good!"
During the Nineties, GOREFEST had released four albums via NUCLEAR BLAST ("False", "The Eindhoven Insanity - Live At The Dynamo", "Erase", and "Soul Survivor"). The quartet disbanded in 1998.
The band is "currently writing songs for that seems to become a very heavy new album" and will hit the festival circuit this summer… The GOREFEST story is far from over.
Finnish MACHINE MEN signs longterm worldwide deal with Century Media Records!
We are proud to announce the addition of one of the most talented melodic metal bands on today's scene, MACHINE MEN, to the quality repertoire of The Century Media Family.
Earning a reputation as an excellent live band, these young musicians (in their early Twenties) created quite a buzz in the realm of melodic metal with their self-titled MCD (2002) and especially their debut album "Scars & Wounds", which was released in their homeland Finland in 2003 and followed up by a full European launch in Spring 2004 via their former label Dynamic Arts Records, with praising media reaction claiming the band to be the most hopeful newcomer of their kind.
"We will make no attempt to apologize for the last six month's hiatus.
We have been deeply entrenched in the product development chambers of the Age of Silence headquarters, which lies in an undisclosed location somewhere between your world and ours.
It has been decided that the next product will be a grand gesture of EPic proportions, so read into that what you will, and prepare for the next step in our crusade."
The band consisting of Kjetil Nordhus (Green Carnation & Trail Of Tears), Anders Kobro (Green Carnation, Carpathian Forest & In The Woods), Gøran Bomann (Carpathian Forest), Svenn Aksel Henriksen (ex-Dismal Euphony) and Kjell Jacobsen finished the recording of the 11 songs that will apperar on their debut album "The Masquerade" that "is shcheduled for a worldwide release in June 2005".
"They are already booked to Southern Discomfort Festival in Norway in September. The band is looking for more concerts so, bands, booking agencies or promoters interested, write for them. Band webpage: www.chaincollector.com"
Festivalpark, DESSEL - Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2005
The line-up for the 10th edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting is almost complete.
Just eight slots remain to be filled.
Unfortunately there are also a few cancellations: CHIMAIRA and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE won't be coming to Graspop this year.
The band offer their sincere apologies. They are part of the 'Sounds of the Underground' tour in America and as the starting date of this tour has been moved forward to 25 June, they had no choice but to cancel their Graspop gig.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES also have to cancel. Singer Mike Muir has been having serious health problems and Suicidal are forced to postpone the entire summer tour. Get well soon Mike!
New Freak Kitchen album soon + bonus DVD included!
We are currently wrapping up the work on Organic, our forthcoming CD, which we release late April. (Global release dates soon. Some territories will be in May).
We're joined by the amazing Bumblefoot on vocals and guitar on the track "Speak When Spoken To". We have also shot a video for the track which will be feautured on a special, first printing bonus DVD. The DVD will also include three exclusive live clips from Paris ("Hateful Little People", "Taste my Chopstick") and Montpellier ("Blind") + the "Nobody's Laughing" and "Print This!"-videos.
The cover painting is made by fabulous French expressionist Thierry Cardinet.
The announcement was published on the Nocturnal Art website, and it's as follow:
"After many years and a successful relationship, Nocturnal Art and Red Harvest have agreed to part ways. Red Harvest is already hard at work on new material. Nocturnal Art wishes them the best of luck on their quest for a new label and all future efforts."
Former HELLOWEEN frontman Michael Kiske has accepted an offer to sing for a project called PLACE VENDOME, named after the Paris world renowned square.
The project, which is headed up by Frontiers Records owner Serafino Perugino, has finished recording 11 songs, which are set to follow a straight melodic rock / AOR sound, "comparable to bands like FOREIGNER or JOURNEY" according to Kiske.
Production duties are handled by Pink Cream 69's Dennis Ward with songs written on purpose by himself, his bandmates David Readman and Alfred Koffler with contributions also from Gunther Werno of Vanden Plas.
Michael had a lot of fun during the recordings, as he really liked the material that is going to show an new and exciting side of his great singing abilities!
You'll never know what to expect when it comes to Ensoph. Regarded as one of the most interesting bands of 2004 with their "Opus Dementiae" release, the band is working hard both on their "The Hourglass Ordalia" project and a new album to be released by the beginning of 2006.
The two projects are two completely separate things.
"The Hourglass Ordalia" has to be considered a very special chapter in Ensoph career, a limited edition (777 copies only) in a Super Jewel Box format.
This album is made out of the collaboration between Ensoph and some very important acts of the Italian industrial movement.
You will be pleased to know that there will be featured the last song ever recorded by Void Of Silence plus other extremely cool and morbid stuff from Wertham/Foresta di ferro, Ain Soph, Ait!, Canaan, Thee Maldoror Kollective, Argine and Bad Sector.
Megadeth and Dream Theater to co-headline GIGANTOUR 2005
For Immediate Release:
DAVE MUSTAINE'S 'GIGANTOUR'
SET TO LAUNCH IN LATE JULY;
DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY,
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN AND NEVERMORE
CONFIRMED TO JOIN MEGADETH ON THE MAINSTAGE
FOR SIX-WEEK NORTH AMERICAN TREK
It's called GIGANTOUR, and it's the brainchild of MEGADETH
frontman/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE.
Set to launch in late July, GIGANTOUR is a six-week festival
trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER, who'll be
accompanied by other mainstage acts Fear Factory, Dillinger
Escape Plan and Nevermore. Artists for the second stage will
be announced in the coming weeks.
GIGANTOUR follows MEGADETH's sold-out 2004 "Blackmail The
Demons & Wizards, the project featuring Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth and Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, have set "Touched by the Crimson King" as the title of their sophomore album, due June 27 via SPV Records.
The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" will feature the following track listing:
01. Crimson King
02. Beneath These Waves
03. Terror Train
04. Seize the Day
05. The Gunslinger
06. Love's Tragedy Asunder
07. Wicked Witch
09. Down Where I Am
10. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)
We are happy to announce that Kataklysm has won an award for "Best Metal Group" at the Canadian Indie Music Awards!! The band wishes to thank all the fans who voted for them.
Kataklysm was not able to attend the opening night at the Phoenix Theater (Toronto) this week to receive its award, as the band is currently on tour with Danzig.
Also Kataklysm live dates announced for the summer in Europe, also some Canadian dates coming soon... These will be the only dates Kataklysm will be performing for the rest of 2005.
Kataklysm will be premiering a new song from the upcoming album "In the Arms of Devastation" at all summer shows... Be there and be prepared!!
Due to the very sad passing of the Pope the Judas Priest show in Katowice on Wednesday 6th April has had to be cancelled - this is totally beyond our control - the President of Poland has declared all entertainment venues must cancel their shows in respect of 5 days of mourning for the Pope. We will of course try and reschedule this show at a later date - once we confirm any details we will announce them here.
Barry Stern (ex-Trouble,ex-Zoetrope), who recently join forces with Dave Chandler & Ron Holzner in Debris Inc., passed away.
The following messages were posted on the Trouble official website:
"We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of barry stern on friday morning our hearts and prayers go out to all his family and friends today we remember all the good times we had together and come to know that they are priceless all we can say is that we love you and miss you and one day we will jam together again rest in peace."
"Still in disbelief.
This is sad news for the music world. I would like to send condolences to Barry's family and friends.
We will think of you, and one day we will jam together again.