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Manitou - Ex-Members Form New Band

Wolftrap is how the brand new finnish "old-school hard rock boogie" band is called. Rising from the ashes of the traditional heavy metal band Manitou, the band was born during the autumn of 2009. Wolftrap features four old Manitou members, Omnium Gatherum and Total Devastation drummer Jarmo Pikka, and and born-to-rock-the-world vocalist Jussi Serengil from the local The Doors tribute band, called The Roars.

A first Wolftrap song, entitled "Deal Done My Dear" can now be streamed here.

According to a press release, "Wolftrap will take on the world step by step and piece by piece starting from the coming spring 2010 when this crew gets some of their stuff recorded and released and also debuting on stage at Dark Winter Festival in Kotka, Finland. It's all about having fun, it's not about the fame here... But beware still, 'cause your new soon-to-be favourite band is ready an' willing and quite near you."

Wolftrap is:

Jukka Serengil - vocals
Markus van Hala (Omnium Gatherum, Malpractice, ex-Manitou) - guitar
Ismo Laukkanen (ex- Manitou ) - bass
Jarmo Pikka (Omnium Gatherum, Total Devastation) - drums
Antti Laurén (ex-Manitou) - guitar
Mikko Reinamo (Kaihoro) - keyboards


Band profile: Manitou
Posted: 25.02.2010 by Bad English | Comments (1)

Poisonblack - New Song Online

"Buried Alive", a new song from Finnish metallers Poisonblack, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

"Buried Alive" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Of Rust And Bones, which is scheduled for release via Century Media Records on the following dates:

Finland: Wednesday, March 17
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy: Friday, March 19
Spain: Tuesday, March 23
Sweden, Hungary: Wednesday, March 24
Rest Of Europe: Monday, March 22

Of Rust And Bones cover art] tracklist:

01. My Sun Shines Black
02. Leech
03. My World
04. Buried Alive
05. Invisible
06. Casket Case
07. Down The Drain
08. Alone
09. The Last Song
10. Half Past Dead


Band profile: Poisonblack
Posted: 25.02.2010 by ArtiA | Comments (3)

Norther - Add New Member, Working On New Album

Finnish metal band Norther has posted the following update:

"During the last couple of months Daniel from Naildown has been helping us out with our recent live duties. Since he turned out to be a perfect fit in every way we decided to offer him to become a permanent member of the band. Besides his skillfull guitar work he is also a talented songwriter.

Daniel comments: "I have really been enjoying my time in Norther from the very first show. After getting so well along with the guys, I was very pleased when they asked me to become a permanent member of the band. I really believe that together we´re going to create the strongest Norther album ever!"

We have started composing new material for the next full lenght studio album which will be tentatively out in autumn 2010. At the moment we have a big bunch of great tracks from which we will start choosing the best ones for the album.. "The cream always rises to the top so no filler allowed"

As a grand opening for our fans we are heading to Astia Studios next weekend to record one new song with our longtime producer Anssi Kippo. This exclusive song is going to be released as an online single during April 2010.

"So be prepared for new metal blast to come!" the band adds."



Band profile: Norther
Posted: 25.02.2010 by bluemobiusx | Comments (13)

Edenbridge - Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Austrian Edenbridge metallers have issued the short following update on their official website:

"Simon Holzknecht has left Edenbridge due to personal reasons! Edenbridge wish him all the best for the future !

Passion, personality, live experience and of course playing technique. If you think you can bring all this, you should not hesitate to apply for the vacant bass player position in Edenbridge!

Your application with photo goes to info edenbridge org."


Band profile: Edenbridge
Posted: 24.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Nominon - New Album Cover Art And Tracklist Revealed

Swedish metallers Nominon will release their forthcoming album, Monumentomb, on March 23 via Deathgasm Records.

The album was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Nominon, Averse Sefira, Funeral Mist, Nex, Ondskapt, Mork Gryning, Adorior) in Alvik, Sweden and was mixed with producer Tore Stjerna. The cover artwork of teh album was created by Chris Moyen.

Monumentomb cover art] tracklist:

01. Mantra Reverse
02. Archfiend
03. Undead Beast
04. Kevorkian Exit
05. Omen
06. Mountain Of Hate
07. Worm
08. Worship
09. Wrath Of Shiva


Band profile: Nominon
Posted: 24.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (3)

UK Deathfest - Win A Festival Slot

Don't miss your chance to grab a spot on the Deathfest bill with BRUJERIA and IMMOLATION!

Following the massive success of last year's competition - when Dragged Into Sunlight and Neuroma won slots at Deathfest - organisers are on the hunt again for British extreme metal talent to feature at The Second Coming.

Interested? Simply drop us a line at with your band's details. The organisers will then narrow entrants down to a shortlist of five, announced on Monday, March 1st.

In an effort to give fans the final say on Deathfest's lineup, organisers will host a public vote through their message board. Only those registered before March 1st will be eligible to vote before close of competition at midnight on Sunday, March 7th.

Tickets for Deathfest are on sale now priced at £19.50 from , and

For more information visit: or

The line-up so far can be seen on the event page here.


Event: UK Deathfest 2010 - The Second Coming
Posted: 24.02.2010 by Baz Anderson | Comments (3)

Emergency Gate - New Album Tracklist Revealed

German metallers Emergency Gate will release their new album, entitled The Nemesis Construct, on April 30 via Twilight Zone Records.

The album was recorded at Dreamscape Studios in Munich and features artwork by Raf W., who has previously worked with Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden and Soulfly among others.

The Nemesis Construct cover art] tracklist:

01. Alternative Dead End
02. Nothing To Lose
03. Dark Side Of The Sun
04. Story Of A Psychopath
05. An End To The Age Of Man
06. Point Zero
07. Excite!
08. As My Bride Cries Blood
09. This Time
10. The Green Mile
11. Diary Of Nightmares...
12. Invain
13. World Escape


Band profile: Emergency Gate
Posted: 24.02.2010 by ArtiA | Comments (2)

Fifth Angel - New Drummer Announced

Official press release

Fifth Angel is pleased to announce that Jeffrey McCormack will be handling drum duties for the band. A sought-after studio/touring musician from the Seattle area, McCormack joins Ed Archer (guitars), John Macko (bass), Kendall Bechtel (guitars) and Tim Branom (lead vocals) to complete Fifth Angel's lineup.

Archer said: "Jeff's studio and touring experience is a positive addition to Fifth Angel. It's a tall order learning the drum parts our former bandmate Ken Mary put down, and Jeff has approached the challenge head-on. We're all on the same page and can't wait to see what the future holds for Fifth Angel."

Jeff was one of many musicians that called the famous Music Bank studio in Seattle home in the late 1980s. McCormack cut his teeth with many of Seattle's elite musicians, including the late Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, John DeVol (Culprit) and even Fifth Angel's current vocalist Tim Branom, just to name a few.

Since 1992, Jeff has been featured on over 60 CDs worldwide. He's performed all across the United States, Canada, Europe and parts of Russia. In addition, fans may remember McCormack from his touring stint with classic metal legends Heir Apparent, as the band played sold out shows in Germany and Greece in recent years. But Fifth Angel was always a part of Jeff's musical style and aspirations.

McCormack explained: "Everyone has a soundtrack to their lives and Fifth Angel was a huge part of mine. The music on the albums Fifth Angel and Time Will Tell was a huge influence on me as a drummer and playing for Fifth Angel is honestly a dream come true. I can't wait to rock these songs live."

Fifth Angel will make its live debut at the Keep it True XIII festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, on April 23 and 24, 2010. For more information on Fifth Angel, visit


Posted: 24.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Serenity - New Album Title Revealed

Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"Hi there!

I think it's time for a little update - we're working hard on the new CD and I can tell you some details now:

The title for the album will be Death & Legacy and we're working on a historical concept for the whole album. Nine songs are nearly finished now so there are only two more songs left to write for the limited editions (one for Europe/USA and one for Japan). The songs so far are really fantastic! Bombastic, speedy and there's a great ballad as well. There will be some interludes and we're just working on the concept for the video clip. There'll also be an online single in advance but I can't tell you exactly when!

The album will be finished in summer but we have got no influence on the release date! The promo-pics are keeping us busy too and within the next weeks we'll have a big photo shooting and I can promise you the pictures will be something really special and new - no boring pics showing five musicians standing in front of a wall...

The next news concerning the album will follow quite soon, we'll have some guests on our new album as well - so have a guess!

Please be patient and we'll do our best creating a real masterpiece!

Georg and Serenity."


Band profile: Serenity
Posted: 24.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (6)

Augury - Part Ways With Bassist

Montreal-based metallers Augury have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"Hello to all,

After eight years of collaboration, we are sad to announce that we had to part way with our bass player Dominic "Forest" Lapointe. We keep in mind his outstanding musical input and volcanic stage presence, and thank him for helping to shape the sound of Augury.

But the show must go on and we are actually starting "The American Defloration" tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Hatesphere, with a very special rhythm section featuring Quebec City jazz player Christian Pacaud (MAG Project) on bass, and our long-time friend Tommy McKinnon (formerly of Neuraxis) behind the drum kit.

With such great personnel on board, we are eager to give American ears a good scrub once again!"


Band profile: Augury
Posted: 24.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (3)

Fear Factory - US Fear Campaign Tour Dates

First dates have been confirmed for Fear Factory's previously announced US headling comeback tour in Spring, dubbed Fear Campaign Tour 2010. Taking the tour banner a little too literally, "support" will come from the following godawful acts: Winds Of Plague, Dirge Within, and Periphery. Yikes! For what it's worth, Divine Heresy is also said to play on select dates.

So far the following shows have been announced:

Mar. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee
Mar. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Mar. 24 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
Mar. 26 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Mar. 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Mar. 28 - Houston, TX - The Channel
Mar. 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Mar. 31 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
Apr. 01 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Apr. 02 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
Apr. 03 - Little Rock, AR - The Village
Apr. 05 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
Apr. 06 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theatre & Club
Apr. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center (with Amon Amarth)
Apr. 11 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues

More dates will be announced soon.


Band profile: Fear Factory
Event: Fear Campaign Tour
Posted: 23.02.2010 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Salem - New Song Online

Israeli extreme metallers Salem have officially released the brand new track opener "Drums Of The Dead Part 1" on the band's official MySpace page, taken from the upcoming new album entitled Playing God And Other Short Stories.

"Drums Of The Dead Part I" is also now available for streaming on the official Pulverised Records Pulverised Records MySpace page.

The release dates for Playing God And Other Short Stories will be announced at a later date. More album info can be found here.


Band profile: Salem
Posted: 23.02.2010 by Troy Killjoy | Comments (0)

Empyrean - New Song Online

Australian black metallers Empyrean have posted a new track up on their MySpace. There is no mention of what upcoming release "Odium" comes off, but the band state it'll give you a good idea on the direction they're heading in. The track can be heard at this location.


Band profile: Empyrean
Posted: 23.02.2010 by BurbotsRevenge | Comments (0)

Enthroned - Forced By Anti-Fascist Organization To Cancel Show

Belgium black metal squad Enthroned have issued the following news on their MySpace blog:

"It is with deep regrets I have to inform you, that we have been forced to cancel Enthroned's appearance at "Bad Vibrations over Munster" fest this next April. It seems that the anti-fascist organisation "Antifa" cannot make the difference between a Nazi/fascist concentration and a non-political Black metal festival with NO NSBM band or ideas involved! We received this mail from the local organiser:

"Hey man. Bad news about the gig in Münster on 03.04. The venue has cancelled my event because of a threat of Antifa and I switched to Helvete Club Oberhausen. The owner of Sputnikhalle Münster don't want to make any contracts, nor give me any assurance for 03.04. Besides I wanted to offer both concerts (Bad Vibrations over Münster I and II) as a combi-ticket. So now I can't guarantee for an financial success... Not even that this event will take place, because I can't have any contract with the venue. I am afraid I must cancel this gig. It will be the first time I cancel a published event. I am very sorry about it... Kind Regards."

No use to say that this kind of action is just lame and in some sort of way laughable coming from an organisation which promotes anti-fascism through fascists acts..."

The event was set to place in Münster, Germany, featuring Enthroned, Cirith Gorgor, Moribund Oblivion, On Horns Impaled and Overgard on the bill.


Band profile: Enthroned
Posted: 23.02.2010 by BudDa | Comments (18)

Hatesphere - Vocalist Quits The Band

Vocalist Jonathan "Joller" Albrechtsen has left Danish metallers Hatesphere. Jonathan will be temporarily replaced by Morten "Kruger" Madsen of the Danish Metal band Mevadio.

Despite Jonathan´s exit, Hatesphere have no intention of quitting, and they will hit the American shores as planned on 24th February to tour one month with their friends in The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Augury.

Here's what bassist Mixen Lindberg had to add on behalf of the band: "Today is one of those strange days where two equally strong feelings are tossing my insides around in a ponderous fist fight. One is gloomy and leaving me with a sensation that we're stuck knee-deep in a twitch. The other one is relieved, proud and stronger than ever. Today we part ways with Joller. Having a hard time combining full-time work, 2 bands and a general lack of excitement on his part, Joller came to the conclusion that his time in HateSphere was up. We debated for a couple of days there, but saw it fitting that we let him go because you can't be in this band if your heart is not in place. So, as sad as it may be, we're happy to send him on his way so we can all on move on towards bigger and better things, fully focused.

Now, we've endured hardship before so I am not worried one bit. Also, the energy in the band is at an all-time high, especially since Mike joined us last year, and at this point, we're already in contact with several possible singers (with some really interesting people in the mix might I add!). Try-out's will commence immediately upon arrival from our forthcoming US tour, and shortly after that we will hit the studio to record something new and fresh."


Band profile: Hatesphere
Posted: 23.02.2010 by Thryce | Comments (2)