13:20 - RavenEffect I loved his debut, it's one of my all time fav's. Time 1 was enjoyable and a strong release, despite its production there were still good songs. But yeah, he seems to be finding excuses at all cost.
13:03 - Zaphod Jari is deluded. But in some way I feel sorry for him too.
12:57 - RavenEffect I kind of feel sorry for Jari. When I read his first recent rant I honestly thought he was right, but the more I read, the more I knew it was just pure bull
The "Highway to Hellfest" contest of our partner Violent Solutions is now finished. Finally, we can give you the 3 winners elected by their readers!
In the Extreme category: 7th Nemesis, in the Core category: Zubrowska, and in the Metal category: Klone! Congratulations to the winners and thanks to VS Solutions and to all the competitors who allowed us to add 3 great bands to the line-up of the Hellfest!
You will also be able to appreciate the great return of dEFDUMP added at the last minute to this nearly final line-up which, we hope, will please you.
Only one band still remains to be added to the line-up. You'll have the luck to vote for your favorite band during the SIN TRANSFER contest which will be organized by our friends of ROCK'N'ROLL RUNNERS the 9 of June 2007 at Lyon. Please be sure that you'll vote for the last band of the Hellfest 2007!
A number of audio clips from Ozzy Osbourne's forthcoming album "Black Rain" have been posted online at Ozzy.com (Note: You have to scroll over and click on the books and other images on the main page to hear the audio. For direct links to audio samples, click here.).
The follow-up to 2001's "Down to Earth", was recorded with the same band that backed Osbourne on his scattered 2006 Ozzfest dates — Zakk Wylde on guitar, Mike Bordin on drums, and former Rob Zombie bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson. The album has no official producer, although longtime Mutt Lange protégé Kevin Churko is serving as the engineer.
Dimension Zero has finalized the track listing for its third album, "He Who Shall Not Bleed", due later in the year via an as-yet-undisclosed label. The CD was recorded at IF studios in December and was co-produced by the band with Arnold Lindberg.
"He Who Shall Not Bleed" tracklisting:
01. He Who Shall Not Bleed
02. Unto Others
03. A Paler Shade of White (A Darker Side of Black)
04. Hell Is Within
05. Red Dead Heat
06. I Can Hear the Dark
07. Going Deep
10. The Was
11. Way to Shine
Check out audio samples of the songs 'He Who Shall Not Bleed', 'Unto Others' and 'Hell Is Within' at the band's website.
Dimension Zero is a Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal band from Sweden, which features In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad on bass, former Marduk singer Jocke Göthberg, drummer Hans Nilsson (Luciferion, Diabolique) and guitarist Daniel Antonsson (Pathos)
KNAC.COM air personality Junkman just checked in with the following sad news:
"Just got a call this afternoon stating that my friend, former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John, died this morning from a cerebral hemorrage. He was 51.
I have known him for a long time. I roadied for his band White Tiger, and just spoke with him at the recent NAMM show.
As soon as I fid out more info I will let you know. My heart goes out to his family. A very sad day.
Mark replaced Vinnie Vincent as lead guitarist for KISS in April 1984, following Vincent's falling-out with the band (Mark was suggested to Bruce Kulick was featured on the song, "Lonely Is The Hunter"). During work for the album, St. John clashed with the other members of the band, and eventually developed arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome), which caused his hands and arms to swell. He was all but unable to perform live as a member of KISS, and only played three (one in full) shows during the "Animalize" tour, with Kulick filling in for the rest. He was officially replaced by Kulick in December 8, 1984.
Norwegian death metallers Blood Red Throne have issued the following update:
"We finished recording the new album after some weeks of what we like to refer to as 'the BRT curse.' We are very happy with the material and can't wait to get it back from Valle Adzic, who will be mixing the album in the coming weeks. Valle also mixed the 'Altered Genesis' album .'
Blood Red Throne's fourth studio album was recorded at Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, Denmark. The upcoming CD will be the group's first to feature new members Anders Haave (drums) and Vald (vocals). Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Rebirth in Blood", "Come Death", "No New Beginning" and "Slaying the Lamb".
The following message was posted on Australia's Virgin Black's official website:
"Despite inferences to the contrary, it is now confirmed that Virgin Black will appear for only one exclusive show in Europe in support of the release of "Requiem - Mezzo Forte". The band will headline the Elements Of Rock Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, held on the 20th till the 22st of April. This will be the first opportunity to buy the album, as the official European release date is 27th April. The album itself will be released by Massacre Records as a special limited edition digipak with bonus disk.
Requiem - Mezzo Forte
01. Requiem, Kyrie
02. In Death
03. Midnight's Hymn
04. …And I Am Suffering listen]
Sweden's MeloDeath Metallers Dismember are glad to announce that they will embark on a 9 day tour through Poland in April. The tour will be known as "Schorched Land Tour 2007" and is arranged by Rose Production. Supporting bands will be Iperyt, Infernal War and Vedonist.
Dates of "Schorched Land Tour 2007" with Iperyt, Infernal War and Vedonist:
04/21 Lodz (PL) Music Garden
04/22 Rzeszów (PL) Pod Palma
04/23 Kraków (PL) Loch Ness
04/24 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
04/25 Poznan (PL) Eskulap
04/26 Wroclaw (PL) Madness
04/27 Torun (PL) Od Nowa
04/28 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
04/29 Lublin (PL) Grafitti
Dismember are also already confirmed for some summer festivals during July and August in Slovenia, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic:
Norway's Mortiis have teamed up for a European Tour with Deathstars. The tour already took off last monday 2 April.
The list of remaining upcoming dates is as follows:
(Apr. 02 - La Locomotive - Paris, FRA)
(Apr. 03 - Academy 2 - Birmingham, UK)
(Apr. 04 - Islington Academy - London, UK)
Apr. 05 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Apr. 06 - The Intake Club - Mansfield, UK
Apr. 07 - Rios - Leeds, UK
Apr. 08 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
Apr. 09 - Academy 2 - Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Apr. 10 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
Apr. 11 - Voodoo Lounge - Dublin, IRE
Apr. 12 - Zodiac - Oxford, UK
Apr. 13 - Academy 2 - Liverpool, UK
Apr. 14 - The Sugarmill - Stoke On Trent, UK
Apr. 15 - Teesside University - Middlesbrough, UK
The following announcement has been issued on the Sublife Productions website:
"Sublife Productions is proud to announce the signing of Chain Collector! Chain Collector released a very well received debut album through Sound Riot/Massacre Records and are now preparing to enter Dub studio (Blood Red Throne, Carpathian Forest, Green Carnation, Scariot, Communic, etc.) in May 2007 to record its follow up album.
The band also announce that Runar from Trail of Tears is now the new second guitarist in the band!!! We are looking forward to the new album and cant wait to see the band on stage in the later part of 2007!"
Chain Collector is a Norwegian Melodic Death Metal band formed in 2003 and features members from Green Carnation, Carpathian Forest and Trail Of Tears. They released their debut album "The Masquerade" in 2005.
American heavy metal band Manowar has announced a festival organized by Magic Circle Music, band leader Joey De Maio's own label, at which they will perform as headliners. The festival is going to take place on July 7th, 2007 in Bad Arolsen, Germany (near Kassel in North Hesse). During the announcement at the band's sold-out gig on March 31st, 2007 in Stuttgart, Germany, Joey De Maio has also pointed out that the tickets will cost no more than 10 €, as "a way to thank the true fans for their undying loyalty during the last two years of unfortunate delays of touring and record releases."
Ticket information and more news are to be posted on the band's and the label's websites soon.
Darkthrone's frontman, singer, guitarist and bassist Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum will release "The Misanthrope", a documentary/fiction film which will show the Norwegian black metal scene in its element, on April 23 through Peaceville Records.
A press release goes as follows:
"The Misanthrope" cover] takes us into the heart of the Norwegian Black Metal scene and folk culture, with unique footage of Darkthrone rehearsing, Aura Noir, strange trips into the forest and even a brief excursion to Japan.
The film comes in a deluxe package including a bonus audio CD of new music by Nocturno specifically composed for the film.
Extras include stills/photo gallery, the promo video for Darkthrone's 'Too Old, Too Cold' and extremely rare vintage videos of performances by the band of 'Thulcandra' and 'Archipelago'.
Swedish doomsters Candlemass will release their new album "King Of The Grey Islands", on June 22 through Nuclear Blast Records.
A picture of the cover art can be found here. The track listing for the 9th studio album is as follows:
02. Emperor Of The Void
03. Devil Seed
04. Of Stars And Smoke
05. Demonia 6
07. Man Of Shadows
09. The Opal City
10. Embracing The Styx
Bassist Leif Edling had the following to say about the concept behind the 10 new tracks: "The album is a concept story about depression and suicide in the modern society. The road to ruin for "many kings of grey islands" that can't stand the everyday life, and want to do something about it. No need to say this is Candlemass' black album!!"