"On November 2nd we had a show in Paris, La Locomotive.
During the sound check everything was ok, and the day went by as usual, without any worries. When the starting act played, the air ventilation system we did not know about was turned on, blowing REALLY chilled air on the middle of the stage.
Tony complained about this from beginning of our show.
Sweating under the hot stage lighting and getting a cold air blowing at you for 1 1/2 hours will get you a flue, 100% sure. Despite the efforts of our own crew, the local people were unable or unwilling to turn this "wind" off. And it was not on during the soundcheck, so...The soldout house saw the first time anyone in Sonata has gone off stage between songs to get a longsleeve, because he's on goosebumps 'cause he's freezing on the stage...indoors...
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's official message board http://www.iommimessageboard.co.uk/ has launched a competition inspired by a topic started by Nero Kalem. This is how it will work:
1. Design an album cover picture related to Black Sabbath in some way, whether it be a song title, an alternative album cover or a new Black Sabbath album cover.
2. Upload your picture to the web, send the URL through a PM, it will be posted on the message board for all to see. Another way of doing it is to upload it to the "Ideal Black Sabbath Album Covers" thread saying that you want it as a competition entry, and it will be added to the competition thread.
Finland's Lullacry have finished recording their new single, "Stranger In You", at Finnvox studios in Helsinki. "The song is definitely the most '80s we've done to date," guitarist Sami Vauhkonen said in a posting on the band's web site. "Great catchy chorus and massive backing vocals in the vein of Bon Jovi, haha! We got some great help from Heikki of Twilightning."
The "Stranger In You" single will be out worldwide on March 9, 2005 and will also include a cover of Kiss' "I Stole Your Love".
Lullacry are currently recording the follow-up to 2003's "Crucify My Heart", tentatively due in early 2005 through Spinefarm Records in Finland and Century Media Records in other parts of the world. The group issued a five-song EP, "Fire Within", in August, featuring two new songs ("Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel"), two remakes of classic Lullacry tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine".
Norwegian black metalllers Gorgoroth will be playing the only show anywhere close to the U.S. only minutes from San Diego at Box Underground (1500 Revolution Ave.) in Tijuana, Mexico on Friday, November 12. Also appearing on the bill will be Sadistic Intent, Infinitum Obscure and Sumeria. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, and are available at Dark Realm Records (Downey, CA), Blue Meannie Records (El Cajon, CA) and Last Temptation (Tijuana, Mexico). A flyer for the show can be viewed here http://www.infinitumobscure.com/Images/2004/Poster.jpg .
After the long wait, we can officially confirm Damnagoras' return in the band. The singer who left ELVENKING two years ago, has joined his fellows back in order to re-create the original heathen spirit and essence that bound every single member to each other. The band, after the release of their last album WYRD (recorded with a different singer, Kleid) entered a difficult period due to various reasons related to the musical direction to take, personal relations, business affairs, etc. Put in front of this situation, there was no choice for EK to keep on expressing themselves still being faithful to what the band was born for. Now that the original line-up is still together, things are going great and the songwriting process for the third album has been nearly completed!
Holland's Within Temptation will release their new album, "The Silent Force", on November 15 via BMG. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Intro / See Who I Am
03. Stand My Ground
09. It's The Fear
11. A Dangerous Mind (bonus track)
12. The Silence (bonus track)
Audio clips of all the album cuts can be heard online at www.Bol.com and www.MusicBay.se.
As previously reported, "The Silent Force" will be released in three formats: a limited digibook version with a DVD bonus, a regular jewel case version, and a version without the booklet, at a special price.
Deicide have cancelled the remaining dates on their European headlining tour due to a "family crisis" (believed to be the death of drummer Steve Asheim's father). The group's last live appearance took place on Friday, November 5 at at the Hard Club in Porto, Portugal, where the band reportedly performed for less than 45 minutes. Joining founding members Asheim and Glen Benton (bass/vocals) in the group's touring lineup were guitarists Jack Owen (Adrift, ex-Cannibal Corpse) and Dave Suzuki (Vital Remains). No further information is currently available.
Now that the album is completely finished, we are happy to announce the release dates for Actual Fantasy: Revisited. Since this release is an audio CD with a bonus DVD, there are two different versions. (It is a region free DVD, but there are two formats!).
Please note: You can already purchase the PAL edition of the new album at the Mega Record and CD fair in Utrecht from Millennium Records on the 20th of November. Arjen will be signing at the stand, and perform at the terrace of the Fair with Robert Soeterboek and Peter Vink.
* Netherlands: November 25, 2004
* Rest of Europe: December 6, 2004
* Through Plato.nl: December 6, 2004 (tentative)
Nuclear Blast has confirmed the new SOILWORK album, Stabbing The Drama, will be released on February 28th, 2005. According to management, the band is looking into doing a headlining tour of North America starting in April.
As previously reported, the track list of the new album (in no particular order) is as follows: 'Stabbing The Drama', 'Nerve', 'Distance', 'Stalemate', 'The Crestfallen', 'Wherever Thorns May Grow', 'One With The Flies', 'Weapon Of Vanity', 'Observation Slave', 'If Possible' and 'Blind Eye Halo'.
SOULGRIND, the Finnish band featuring former LULLACRY frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), have completed the recordings for their new album, "The Origins of the Paganblood", and are currently mixing the effort for a late January 2005 release via France's Holy Records. The band have abandoned the idea of including a DVD with the new album due to a "lack of time and money," according to a posting on the group's web site. "All of the studio budget has been spent the forthcoming album to make it great," the band write. "We noticed that less is better. With a double budget we would have done the DVD and live album. BUT the live material shall be released someday through the Internet." Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Prophecy", "Northlander", "When Those Nights Have Circled Over", "Paganblood" and "Flesh Marionette".
Time for an update. We've finished tracking all of the music and vocals for the new CD and they sound incredible. We're very excited for you all to hear it! It came out very heavy, very song-oriented but quite progressive as well. And Ray, as I suspected, has taken it to a new level with his amazing vocals.
I'll have some mixing news for you in a few weeks. Thanks for your continued interest and support!
California-based "dark occult blackened death metal" act RESUSCITATOR will be performing a low-key show in mid-November, according to a posting on the group's web site. "Only to those on the mailing list will know where, when and with whom."
In other news, the release of RESUSCITATOR's new album, "A Warrior's Death", has once again been pushed back, this time to January 28, 2005. The delay is being attributed to "failures done by what we thought was a good, reliable studio," according to a posting on the band's web site. "Time was of the essence and charges will be pressed against them."
Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED have announced the addition of drummer Glaurung to the group's ranks.
The band have just returned from a South American tour in support of their sixth album, "Xes Haereticum", available now via Napalm Records.
ENTHRONED guitarist Nornagest has described the new album as having "a more mature, varied, and darker aspect than previous releases, yet more intense and aggressive than ever before." A limited-edition version of the CD includes three bonus tracks. Download an MP3 clip of the song "Crimson Legions" at this location (MP3, 2.8 MB): http://www.napalmrecords.com/mp3/enthroned04.mp3
In the band's site they made little update, this is what it says:
"Sorry for the long wait for some kind of update, Mark is still working on the new album and he hopes to have it finished sometime in January. They will be playing a few shows early next year, so keep asking your local clubs for RIOT. We are also still working on the new look for the site, so hang in there it should be up in a few weeks with new photos and more mp3's."
The German Pagan/Folk Metal band are in the "Powertrack-Studio" working on their 2nd album to be called "Götterlieder", the concept of the album will be based on the fisrt part of the God songs of the Edda.
Also the band will have a performance with Enthroned, Riger and Asparagoth at:
25.12.04, Knaak Klub Berlin, 10. Fucking Christmas-Festival