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30.11Ayreon - Trailer From The New Album
 Visions Of Atlantis - Part Ways With Two Members, Kamelot Tour Cancelled
 Kataklysm - Free Live Concert Stream
 Satyricon - Frost Breaks Leg
29.11Tuska 2008 - First Artists Announced
 Hatesphere - New Video Online
28.11Epica - Mexican/Colombian Tour Postponed
27.11Metalium - New Album Announced
 To-Mera - New Album Details Revealed
 Overkill - To Release Live At Wacken DVD
 Enthroned - Pull Out Of Tour With Gorgoroth
 Kataklysm - To Tour Europe With Behemoth Again
 Queensrÿche - New UK Tour Dates
 Brain Drill - New Album Details
 Brainstorm - European Tour Announced

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Ayreon - Trailer From The New Album

Here is the official teaser trailer for the upcoming Ayreon release "01011001". Featuring vocalists from Katatonia, Evergrey, Pain Of Salvation, Magnum, Blind Guardian, Gotthard, Dial, Gathering, Epica, King's X, After Forever, Jorn Lande and more.

"01011001" release dates:
- January 23rd: Asia
- January 25th: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
- January 28th: Europe
- January 29th: U.S and Canada

UPDATED on 2 Dec. (thanks to White Winter Sun):

A new song from the upcoming album has been put online. Click here to check it out. The song is called "The Fifth Extinction" and is the same track that was put online as a demo last July (then without the vocals). Check the blog about the demo here.


Band profile: Ayreon
Posted: 30.11.2007 by Nacur | Comments (11)

Visions Of Atlantis - Part Ways With Two Members, Kamelot Tour Cancelled

The following message, regarding the departure of vocalist Melissa Ferlaak and guitarist Wolfgang Koch, was posted on the official website of Symphonic Metallers Visions Of Atlantis:

"Yes, you read right, Melissa, as well as her boyfriend Wolfgang are not in Visions of Atlantis anymore. We were as much shocked about that as you must be, but it is the sad truth. Some people just don't know what the word commitment means...

We (the remaining rest of VoA) want to appologize to all fans out there who believed in us and supported us, we hope you stay loyal with VoA. Of course we are trying to find a substitute for Melissa, we already have one for Wolfgang (to be announced soon). The show must go on... "


Band profile: Visions Of Atlantis
Event: Ghost Opera European Tour Part II
Posted: 30.11.2007 by GT | Comments (7)

Kataklysm - Free Live Concert Stream

On Monday, December 3, 2007, Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm will take part in a FREE exclusive live concert stream from Las Vegas, Nevada which will be viewable at DeepRockDrive. The free live stream will be viewable by fans around the world; all you have to do is register, sit back and watch.

The live concert stream will be viewable at:

7:00 p.m. (Pacific)
8:00 p.m. (Mountain)
9:00 p.m. (Central)
10:00 p.m. (Eastern)

To make sure you don't miss this event, please:

Click here
Create a free account (which take seconds to do)
Click on "Purchase Your Ticket" (which basically means "Reserve Your Free Spot")
Wait for the evening of December 3, 2007 to arrive and enjoy!


Band profile: Kataklysm
Posted: 30.11.2007 by GT | Comments (1)

Satyricon - Frost Breaks Leg

Satyricon performance at Arnhem Metal Meeting cancelled.
It is with deep regret we have to inform you that Frost broke his leg yesterday morning. As a result of this, our headlining performance at Arnhem Metal Meeting has been cancelled. It was a freak accident where he simply slipped on ice and snow covered surface, fell to the ground with his foot in a twisted position, and broke it. This was obviously very bad news given our scheduled show at Arnhem Metal Meeting this coming Saturday. However, with Frosts history of actually playing 10 shows in a row on our European Tour in 2003 with a broken foot, we were hoping he could pull this one off as well. Doctors said last night they wanted to keep him at the hospital over night for observation and we agreed on making a desicion as to whether he could do the show, today. Unfortunately we have been informed today that his brake is so complicated that it needs surgery which will take place shortly. They intend to keep him hospitalized for at least one week. Perhaps two.


Band profile: Satyricon
Event: Arnhem Metal Meeting
Posted: 30.11.2007 by Marcel H. | Comments (21)

Tuska 2008 - First Artists Announced

The eleventh annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki on June 27.-29. is proud to announce the first artists in the 2008 line up. One of the most anticipated bands in the festival's history has to be the legendary Carcass who will embark on their reunion tour next summer. In addition to Jeff Walker & Co. Amon Amarth, Kreator, Entombed, Behemoth, Tyr, Stam1na and Korpiklaani will also be interpreting their art on the stages of the most prestigious metal festival in Finland. There will be 32 bands appearing on 3 stages over the Tuska-weekend as well as several dozen performing at the infamous evening clubs. More artists to be announced shortly.

Tickets for Tuska 2008 will go on sale on a later annouced date through and Confirmed artists for Tuska 2008 at this point:


Band profile: Carcass
Event: Tuska Open Air 2008
Posted: 29.11.2007 by Ivan | Comments (12)

Hatesphere - New Video Online

The video for the track "Floating", which premiered at the Danish Metal Awardsa few weeks ago, is now ready for downloading from the band's website media-section here (You can also check it out on YouTube at this location.
"Floating" comes off Hatesphere's last album, entitled "Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes", which was released on April 17th.

The video was directed by Casper Balslev, produced by Theis Mortensen and filmed by Steen Linde in Aarhus, Denmark, in June 2006, and simply portraits a lot of people banging their heads into oblivion.


Band profile: Hatesphere
Posted: 29.11.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

Epica - Mexican/Colombian Tour Postponed

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica have postponed their previously announced tour through Mexico and Colombia scheduled to start tomorrow due to an illness suffered by lead singer Simone Simons. A video message by band members Mark Jansen and Ad Sluijter about the postponement can be found here. The affected dates are as follows:

29.11.2007 - MEX, Mexico City
30.11.2007 - MEX, Guadalajara
01.12.2007 - MEX, Monterrey
05.12.2007 - COL, Bogota
07.12.2007 - MEX, Puebla
08.12.2007 - MEX, San Luis Potosi
09.12.2007 - MEX, Mexico City

Simone Simons' illness has already forced the band to play their latest gig on November 26 in Amsterdam, Holland without her as lead singer which therefore consisted of "mostly grunt oriented songs".


Band profile: Epica
Posted: 28.11.2007 by Promonex | Comments (6)

Metalium - New Album Announced

According to a recent news update on the Power Metallers' website, the new Metalium album will be titled "Incubus". The release is planned for Jan/Feb 2008. You can check out a preview of the album by clicking here.

"Incubus" tracklisting:

01. Trust (Intro)
02. Resurrection
03. Gates
04. Incubus
05. Take Me Higher
06. Never Die
07. At Armageddon
08. Sanity
09. Meet Your Maker
10. Hellfire
11. Soulchaser

As indicated by the band, "Incubus" is carrying on the heavy style and touches very realistic themes like the controversy of the church and "the evil". The title song "Incubus" is an epic song of over 8 minutes and original phrases of an exorcism process were used to give the song an extra authentic feel.


Band profile: Metalium
Posted: 27.11.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (3)

To-Mera - New Album Details Revealed

Candlelight Records have issued the following press release:

"In the 18 months since the release of their debut album "Transcendental", To-Mera have already forged forward to sit amongst the cream of the progressive metal crop. Prestigious support slots with the likes of Dream Theater and Emperor, plus numerous high profile European festival performances have proved that there was a great deal of substance to the band's initial hype.

Now with their second album "Delusions", To-Mera have once again pushed their musical ideas forward to ever greater heights. All the elements present on the last album have been greatly expanded upon. The music displays a much broader range of moods, tempos and dynamics, ranging from fragile subtlety to epic bombast via everything in between. The result is a more sophisticated, melodic and coherent album, teeming with massively heavy riffing, challenging rhythms and jaw-dropping technicality. The vocals of front woman Julie Kiss have become substantially more versatile and powerful, taking on a jazzier tone that befits the more adventurous musical output. To-Mera have succeeded in creating a daring and forward-thinking metal album, defined by a belief that the term "progressive" is not simply a genre tag.


Band profile: To-Mera
Posted: 27.11.2007 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Overkill - To Release Live At Wacken DVD

According to Headbanger's Blog, Veteran New Jersey Thrash band Overkill will release their second DVD, "Live at Wacken Open Air 2007," on February 5.

The 50-minute disc was shot during the band's headline set at the festival in front of an audience of 40,000, and will feature songs that span Overkill's 28 year career, including "Walk Through Fire" from the group's new disc "Immortalis" (which came out October 9), "Rotten To The Core," "Elimination," "Fuck You," "In Union We Stand," "Necroshine," "Skull And Bones" "Old School" and "Wrecking Crew."

The show was previously released as the bonus DVD in the German digipack version of Immortalis. Overkill's last DVD, "Wrecking Everything: Live" came out in 2002 and was re-released October 2.


Band profile: Overkill
Posted: 27.11.2007 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Enthroned - Pull Out Of Tour With Gorgoroth

Belgian Black Metal band Enthroned have posted the following statement on their official website:

"Due to some problems with the organisation of the tour, Enthroned has no other choice than to pull off the current tour after the date in Belgium (28/11). Most of what was promised never actually happened, creating severe tensions between the band and the tour promoter. As well some health problems occured due to the lame state and insalubrity of the tour bus. Enthroned would like to apology towards the fans for something that is beyond our control."

Remaining Gorgoroth tour dates are as follows:

27.11.2007 - France, Rennes @ Antipod
28.11.2007 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
29.11.2007 - Germany, Munich @ Backstage


Band profile: Enthroned
Event: Gorgoroth: European Tour
Posted: 27.11.2007 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Kataklysm - To Tour Europe With Behemoth Again

Canadian Death Metal devastators Kataklysm have posted the following news on the band's website:

"After sending shockwaves across Europe this last Sept/Oct, one of the most succesfull combination has joined forces once again. Kataklysm and Behemoth have joined forces for a quick European tour that will hit mainly the UK and Iberia (Spain/Portugal). The band will also introduce a new song from their upcoming album "Prevail" due out May 2008."

Comments frontman and singer Maurizio Iacono:

"We were planning on coming back to the UK in 2008, since the dates went so well there and the crowds were so killer. Then we found out our friends in Behemoth were gonna be there at the same time as well, so we decided to join forces. Last run was intense as fuck, both bands feeding off each other's live energy every night. This time it wont be any different. I salute Nergal and co. and wait for another killer run to arrive"


Band profile: Kataklysm
Event: Behemoth: European Tour
Posted: 27.11.2007 by Thryce | Comments (11)

Queensrÿche - New UK Tour Dates

As posted on the official website:

"Good news for you British folk... This will be a FULL PRODUCTION with actors, film, etc. Soon we'll be offering a special Fan Club VIP package on our website, so stay tuned. Until then, here are the new dates:"

06.13.2008 Glasgow Academy UK
06.14.2008 Newcastle City Hall UK
06.15.2008 Leeds University UK
06.17.2008 Manchester Academy UK
06.18.2008 Wolverhampton Civic Hall UK
06.20.2008 Norwich UEA UK
06.21.2008 Cambridge Corn Exchange UK
06.22.2008 London Indigo UK
06.24.2008 Bristol Colston Hall UK
06.25.2008 Southhampton Guildhall UK

Queensrÿche was recently forced to pull out of a UK tour with Thin Lizzy "due to a personal emergency". Read the full statement at


Band profile: Queensrÿche
Event: Queensrÿche: European Tour
Posted: 27.11.2007 by Warman | Comments (5)

Brain Drill - New Album Details

Metal Blade Records press release:

Santa Cruz, CA's very own death metal masters Brain Drill have just announced the track listing for their Metal Blade debut, "Apocalyptic Feasting"! The band has also released the artwork for their 2/05/08 release and did a complete overhaul of their MySpace page! Check out the cover art and the band's MySpace page here.

Track listing for "Apocalyptic Feasting":

01. Gorification
02. The Parasites
03. Apocalyptic Feasting
04. Swine Slaughter
05. Forcefed Human Shit
06. Consumed By The Dead
07. Revelation
08. Bury The Living
09. The Depths Of Darkness
10. Sadistic Abductive

If you're in CA, be sure to catch the band on one of their West Coast stops! Brain Drill will be touring the US in support of their upcoming album so be sure to keep an eye on their site and the Metal Blade site for more info!


Band profile: Brain Drill
Posted: 27.11.2007 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Brainstorm - European Tour Announced

German Power Metallers Brainstorm will do a new European Tour in March 2008 with special guests Pagan's Mind and Powerwolf.

The scheduled dates are as follows:

04.03.08 Copenhagen (DK) · The Rock
05.03.08 Hamburg (D) · Markthalle
07.03.08 Weert (NL) · De Bosuil
08.03.08 Memmingen (D) · Kaminwerk
09.03.08 Saarbrücken (D) · Garage
11.03.08 Pratteln (CH) · Z7
12.03.08 Ludwigsburg (D) · Rockfabrik
14.03.08 Paris (FR) · venue TBA
15.03.08 Vosselaar (B) · Biebob
16.03.08 Langen (D) · Stadthalle
18.03.08 Bochum (D) · Zeche
19.03.08 Nürnberg (D) · Hirsch
21.03.08 Vienna (A) · Szene
22.03.08 Budapest (H) · A Zene Haza


Band profile: Brainstorm
Event: Brainstorm: European Tour
Posted: 27.11.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)

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