The proposed European tour featuring reformed Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS alongside CATHEDRAL and GRAND MAGUS has been officially called off. "Unfortunately, it was rather clear we couldn't get the finances together so we had to say no to that one. Bummer!!" stated CANDLEMASS bassist Leif Edling. Read Edling's latest tour report, featuring entries on the band's recent appearances at the Göteborgskalaset and Wacken Open Air festivals, at Candlemass.se.
CANDLEMASS are continuing to tour in support of their brand-new self-titled album, which entered the Swedish national album chart at position No. 7 upon its release in early May. The CD also came in at No. 5 on the Sweden chart (featuring only Swedish artists) and at No. 1 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart.
IRON MAIDEN have posted the following message on their official web site:
"IRON MAIDEN wish to thank all the 45,000 metal fans at Ozzfest in San Bernardino on Saturday night for sticking with us and giving us such a great response at the end of a difficult set. It was obvious to all there that we had a 'series of unfortunate events' throughout! These made it difficult for us to keep our momentum but your incredible support certainly helped us get through it. We guess it all adds up to a pretty memorable gig though!!!
"This is, however, a metal festival. It is supposed to be fun for all. You fans pay very good money to be there and deserve to get a full and unhindered performance from all the bands. This was not the case last night.
Candlelight Records confirms October 4 as the American release date for the new studio album from Norway's 1349. Titled "Hellfire", it is the third studio album from the rapidly growing black metal band.
Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, Hellfire is already expected to be a highly regarded and fan sought recording early on in its initial release. And with a European tour already booked with US labelmates Gorgoroth (new album coming February 2006), could US fans finally witness this rising, molten beast?
Tracklisting is as follows:
1. I Am Abomination
3. Sculptor of Flesh
4. Celestial Deconstruction
5. To Rottendom
6. From the Deeps
7. Slaves to Slaughter
Candlelight Records confirms November 29th as the American release date for the new studio album from Sweden's Dark Funeral. Titled "Attera Totus Sanctus", it is the fourth studio album from the widely respected black metal band.
Recorded at Dug Out Studios and produced by the renowned Daniel Bergstrand, "Attera Totus Sanctus" is surely Dark Funeral's most eagerly anticipated recording in their now decade-long career. Raw, fierce, and evil it will rightly reclaim the unholy band's title at the top of black metal's premiere elite. Early reviews already have journalists citing, DARK ark Funeral give the word "uncompromise" a whole new meaning. The record explodes with hate, anger, apocalypse and speed.
Commemorating its 20th anniversary by touring with its original lineup for the first time in 13 years, Anthrax is exclusively playing its classics from 1985 to 1991, both on the Gigantour in early September (western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest) and with Judas Priest from September 24 through October 18 (across Canada as well as the East and Midwest of the U.S.) with additional Judas Priest and Anthrax headline dates to be added.
Those gems are also heard on the band's most comprehensive "best of" collection ever issued, its first two-CD retrospective, "Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991)", and its first video compilation, the DVD Anthrology: "No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) The Videos" (both on Island/UMe), and on separate live CD and DVD packages "Alive 2 (2005)" (on Sanctuary Records) which documents the group's momentous summer 2005 reunion tour. All four packages will be released September 20, 2005.
The End Records, already known for its eclectic cutting-edge roster, has signed the legendary Voivod for the USA. Hailed as one of the most important groundbreakers in metal, Voivod's ever-evolving progressive mindset is a perfect fit for The End.
The band will enter the studio in the fall of 2005. Release date for the band's 11th studio album is not yet confirmed, but should appear sometime in early 2006.
Drummer Michel Langevin (aka Away) confirms that the band has completed the writing of the album, describing the material as "heavy" and "experimental". Regarding the new partnership, Voivod states: "We are very proud to join The End Records in their quest to promote modern heavy ! music. A perfect home for a band like Voivod.
Former Vader drummer Krzysztof "Doc" Raczkowski has passed away. He was 35. The Polish death metallers had replaced Doc this past March by Daray (ex-VESANIA). Doc had been with Vader since their 1992 Earache Records debut, The Ultimate Incantation. Vader have dedicated their main webpage http://www.vader.pl with a picture of the late skinsman.
Relapse Records recording artists Nile will see their latest video make its MTV2 premiere on this week's edition of 'Headbangers Ball'. This Show airs Saturdays from 10-12 PM on MTV2.
The video, for the song "Sacrifice Unto Sebek" was shot on location in Atlanta, GA by Director Chad Rullman (Neurosis, Mastodon, Soilent Green) for Supercollider Films and features Nile (guitarist / vocalist Karl Sanders, guitarist / vocalist Dallas Toler-Wade and drummer George Kollias) performing inside an eerie Egyptian burial chamber, replete with design motifs of ancient Egyptian culture. Exclusive stills from the video can be viewed at this location: http://relapse.com/preview/nilevideo.jpg
Music Video Distributors and Euroralph are pleased to announce the home viewing release of Voivod's "D-V-O-D-1" for worldwide distribution on DVD, except for Canada, on October 25th.
"D-V-O-D-1", the first DVD from Voivod, covers the original line-up period (1983-1991). Included are all the 80s videos, plus rare live and studio performances of classic Voivod songs. From the start, their goal was to sound completely unique and incorporate odd musical tempos and futuristic story lines into their songs. They influenced and inspired other thrash and metal bands with their one-of-a-kind styles of performing and writing.
Ripping Headaches (1986)
Ravenous Medicine (1987)
World renowned Dutch rock band The Gathering is set to release their double-DVD "A Sound Relief" in the US/Canada on October 25th via The End Records. The DVD will be made available in Europe through the band's own label, Psychonaut Records, in mid-October.
The two-disc set features a wide array of items for fans of the band to enjoy. Disc I includes the live concert the band recorded on May 23rd, 2005 at the famous Paradiso in Amsterdam. The live recording was recorded in DTS 5.1, a truly remarkable sound quality, which enhances the already emotional and powerful flow of the band's musical delivery.
Disc II features great bonus extras like their own tour impressions caught on video, video interviews and a TV special about 15 year career of The Gathering. The bonus disc also showcases a collection of beautiful 3-D animation clips, which were especially designed for the band by promising Dutch and Polish 3-D artists Michel de Klein and Marcin Pazera.
Susperia, the extreme melodic metal band from Norway have announced the official release date for their highly anticipated EP, 'Devil May Care'. The special edition CD will be released in Europe on September 26th through TABU Recordings.
The EP features a mix of original and cover songs that have been drawn from various recording sessions. Tracks appearing on the release are the 'Unlimited' album track 'Devil May Care', new song 'Venting The Anger' and three covers, which the band has been performing occasionally at live shows. 'Lack Of Comprehension' originally recorded by DEATH, 'Wild Child' originally recorded by WASP and the much sought after version of 'The Sun Always Shines On TV' - a worldwide hit for fellow Norwegians A-HA. As an added bonus the release contains the promo videos for 'Chemistry' and 'Devil May Care' as well as screensavers, wallpapers and booklet picture gallery. The EP was completed at StrandStudio in Oslo, Norway. Production duties were once again handled by the band and engineered by Marius Strand.
The touring schedule for the autumn/winter is now starting to unfold. To begin with, we're happy to announce that we'll support fellow Swedes ARCH ENEMY on their European tour, together with TRIVIUM. These are the currently confirmed dates; it's great to see that there's a whopping five dates in the UK, a country that hasn't seen so much D.T. action in the past.
Sep. 26 - Manchester, UK @ Academy II
Sep. 27 - Cardiff, UK @ Coal Exchange
Sep. 28 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wolfrun Hall
Sep. 29 - Glasgow, UK @ QMU
Sep. 30 - London, UK @ Forum
Oct. 02 - Paris, FRA @ Bataclan
Oct. 03 - Haarlem, NET @ Patronat
Oct. 04 - Köln, GER @ Live Music Hall
Oct. 05 - Eindhoven, NET @ Effenaar
Due to a number of unforseen circumstances, the release date for the Stream Of Passion debut album 'Embrace The Storm' has been pushed back to October 24th, 2005.
The new album will be available in a regular edition and in a special edition including a bonus DVD. Find out more about the contents of this DVD in the discography section on the band's official site: http://www.streamofpassion.com
Last but not least, you can download a full MP3 of the Stream Of Passion track 'Deceiver' taken from their forthcoming album from their official site.
Cradle Of Filth's frontman Dani Filth posted following message in their website about upcoming album, line-up changes and more..
Greetings fans, friends, fiends and boys and ghouls of all persuasions.
Things have been going exceptionally well in the Cradle Of Filth camp of late, with the American airing of 'Viva La Bam' being shown for public consumption at the beginning of the month; (we're pursuing the European showing date even as this is being written... )
And, more importantly we have over sixty per cent of the new album under our belts; including the following laments... 'I Am The Thorn', 'Lovesick For Mina', 'The Byronic Man', 'Cemetery And Sundown', 'Libertina Grimm', 'The Flora Of Nightfall, The Fauna Of War' and 'Dirge Inferno' to name but a few. There will also be a band instrumental on this new musical opus, which, although remaining untitled as yet, will be a first for the band in its eleven year career. The initial start date for recording the album is scheduled for October 10th.