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Rage: Greetings from Victor Smolsky, and DVD

Taken from the official site:

"Hallo. First I would like to say thanks a lot to all, who visited me in hospital during my illness. Also all the inquiries of friends and fans, who were worried about my health, helped me, to get better quicker. My blind gut was bursted and infected other organs. After 2 operations (one during dangerous situation to life) and loss of 15 kg weight in 2 weeks, I often thought about the fate of Jason Becker, what a horror thought...

After 1 1/2 months in hospital it's a great feeling, being home again. Now I do sports every day to get fit again. Next week I already fly to Korea again to play a concert together with Black Hole at the International Busan Rock Festival, where also Steve Vai & Band is one of the participating bands.

Best regards"

Victor Smolski, Rage's guitarist.

New Production company:
From now on DRAGON Productions, a daughter company of A.S.S. Concert & Promotion GmbH, will look for the booking of RAGE concerts. They are already planning a 20th anniversary tour for November 2004, where RAGE will promote the upcoming 20th anniversary DVD (expected release date: 25.10.04).

More information:

Band profile: Rage
Posted: 31.07.2004 by wrathchild | Comments (0)

Primal Fear: New Video Done

The work on their new videoclip "The Healer" from their current album "Devil's Ground" is also done and has its premiere under: (

PRIMAL FEAR returned from their sensational US & South American tour, with incredible shows in Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires in front of several thousand people. At the weekend after their return PRIMAL FEAR played another tight performance at the "Bang Your Head"-Festival in southern Germany.

Band profile: Primal Fear
Posted: 30.07.2004 by whatever | Comments (0)

A group of news from Bal-Sagoth

The writing of the long awaited sixth BAL-SAGOTH album is now at last nearing completion, and additionally some preliminary recording has commenced. The majority of the recording phase is scheduled to commence in full during the early autumn. A detailed press release concerning the sixth album will be unveiled exclusively at the Official Bal-Sagoth Website and to coincide with the official commencement of principal recording. Expect a release through Nuclear Blast during the first quarter of 2005.

BAL-SAGOTH are pleased to announce the recruitment of new drummer Dan Mullins, who will forthwith be assuming all drumming duties with the band. Dan's first appearance with BAL-SAGOTH will be the Wacken Open Air festival in August.

BAL-SAGOTH are appearing at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. Details of the BAL-SAGOTH appearance are as follows.DATE: 7th August. TIME: 12:00-12:30 PM. STAGE: Black Stage. For further information on the event, visit

New items of BAL-SAGOTH merchandise currently available from Rock Bottom include: Bal-Sagoth logo t-shirts and longsleeves (featuring both solid and hollow logo variations), two versions of the Bal-Sagoth logo "girlie" fit shirts, Bal-Sagoth logo hotpants (a truly essential garment for the discerning female Bal-Sagoth fan), string tangas & "spaghetti" tank tops, Bal-Sagoth logo hooded tops, and Bal-Sagoth logo embriodered baseball caps (a much requested item now finally being made vailable). dditionally, garments featuring exclusive new full colour designs by artist Martin Hanford will be released to coincide with the launch of the sixth album. Visit for details.

Band profile: Bal-Sagoth
Posted: 30.07.2004 by whatever | Comments (0)

Sonata's autograph session

Wednesday, the 18th of August, SONATA ARCTICA will have an autograph session in the Nuclear Blast shop in Donzdorf, from 6-7 pm. Attendants will also get the chance to have a listen in advance to their upcoming single "Don't Say A Word".

Band profile: Sonata Arctica
Posted: 30.07.2004 by whatever | Comments (0)

Darkane: working on new album

DARKANE's drummer Peter Wildoer seems to have recovered from his wrist injury which afflicted him several months and also delayed working on a new album. Now that he can play again properly DARKANE will soon start rehearsing new material and enter the studio as quickly as possible.

Band profile: Darkane
Posted: 30.07.2004 by whatever | Comments (0)

Jag Panzer - new album's artwork

The cover artwork for JAG PANZER's new album, "Casting the Stones", has been posted online at the web site of acclaimed artist Mattias Norén. Check it out:

"Casting the Stones" is scheduled for release on October 19 through Century Media Records. Said to be "a more aggressive version" of 2001's "Mechanized Warfare", the new album was recorded in part at Tampa's Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris. Download two complete tracks from the upcoming CD: "Battered & Bruised" (mp3) and "Legion Immortal" (mp3).

"Casting The Stones" track listing:

01. Feast Or Famine
02. The Mission (1943)
03. Vigilant
04. Achilles
05. Temptest
06. Legion Immortal
07. Battered & Bruised
08. Cold
09. Starlight's Fury
10. The Harkening
11. Precipice

Band profile: Jag Panzer
Posted: 30.07.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)

Lamb Of God - A new album in August

The new LAMB OF GOD album "Ashes of the Wake" will be released on Tuesday, August 31, 2004.

The Epic Debut "Ashes of the Wake," is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2003 independent release on Prosthetic Records, "As The Palaces Burn" which Revolver Magazine calls "Album of the Year" and Rolling Stone praised "a meticulously crafted metal assault."

Produced by Machine, the new Album" Ashes Of The Wake" includes guest appearances by Megadeth's Chris Poland and Testament's Alex Skolnick.

As this goes to press all basic tracks have been laid down -Drummer Chris Adler tells us: "The tracking sessions have been very intense and the vibe in the studio is exciting to say the least. My drum tracks were done in Jersey in May and Randy is done as of today. It's been a giant sonic puzzle and as Willie, Mark, John and Randy have layered onto the basic drum mix - you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It's like feeling the ground as a train approaches, you can tell how massive it is - and its coming fast. It's surreal at times - I think everyone involved knows we have a monster on our hands."

Band profile: Lamb Of God
Posted: 29.07.2004 by Destroyer_666 | Comments (0)

Darkthrone - release date of the new album

Moonfog Records has set a September 6 release date for the new DARKTHRONE album, "Sardonic Wrath". The follow-up to last year's "Hate Them" features cover artwork by Lorenzo Mariani (MARDUK, ABORYM) and contains the following track listing:

01. Information Wants To Be Syndicated (4:20)
02. Sjakk Matt Jesu Krist (4:03)
03. Straightening Sharks (3:26)
04. Alle Gegen Alle (3:21)
05. Mann Tanker Sitt (3:04)
06. God Of Doubt (4:33)
07. Silent Majority (3:56)

Band profile: Darkthrone
Posted: 26.07.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)

Bethlehem - finish the new album

German "dark" metallers BETHLEHEM have completed work on their fifth full-length album, "Mein Weg", for a September release through Red Stream Records. Featuring ten songs with a running time of over sixty minutes, "Mein Weg" is said to have it all: "distinctive melancholic melodies, sturdy heavy metal riffs, rapid black metal blast beats, mega-slow doom dirges, dim piano lines and emotionally serene rock themes." The follow-up to 2001's "Schatten Aus Der Alexander Welt" will be issued in a special digipack containing an 18-page booklet
Posted: 26.07.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)

Kamelot - Finsihing new album

According to a posting on KAMELOT's web site, guitarist Thomas Youngblood and singer Roy Khan will soon be heading back to Germany to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due before the end of the year through SPV Records. Vocal sessions and guitar sessions will be done as well as the recording of several guest appearances. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "March of Mephisto", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade". A Japanese tour will likely take place in December, to be followed by a European trek beginning in January 2005.

Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 26.07.2004 by Deadsoulman | Comments (0)

Platitude Part Ways With Drummer

Swedish progressive power metal band PLATITUDE have parted ways with drummer Marcus Höher. "This was an entirely professional decision, we parted ways because of musical differences," the group write on their web site. "We want to thank Marcus for the time spent, and the impact on the band and our music. We wish him all the best of luck in the future!" Replacing Marcus in PLATITUDE is Andreas Brobjer, who is also collaborating with Swedish keyboard wizard Richard Andersson on his SPACE ODYSSEY project.

PLATITUDE's sophomore album, "Nine", was released in April through Italy's Scarlet Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Secrets Of Life" was recorded at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) and features cover artwork by Mattias Norén.

Band profile: Platitude
Posted: 26.07.2004 by Deadsoulman | Comments (0)

Omnium Gatherum Complete Work On New Album

Finnish melo-death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have completed work on their sophomore album, "Fall Grave Silence", tentatively due in October/Novemeber through Rage Of Achilles Records.

The follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and engineer Teemu Aalto. The mastering sessions will take place at Finnvox studios in Helsinki.

"Fall Grave Silence" tentative track listing:

01. The Fall Went Right Through Here
02. Misanthropic (Let the Crown Fall)
03. Bereavement
04. No Moon & No Queen
05. Gravesilence
06. It's a Long Night
07. The Nolan's Fati
08. Black Seas Cry
09. More Withering
10. Auguries Gone

OMNIUM GATHERUM have previously described the new material as "more of that old-school (melo)death groovier and heavier not that trendy-pop-death-metal-crap that's extruding everywhere."

Band profile: Omnium Gatherum
Posted: 26.07.2004 by Deadsoulman | Comments (0)

Brujeria - problems with the police for Brujo

BRUJERIA singer Juan Brujo was arrested for possession of an illegal weapon (machete) and illegal drugs following the band's performance in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, July 17. BRUJERIA guitarist Dino Cazares (a.k.a. Asesino, ex-FEAR FACTORY) sent the following report to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the incident:

"The venue hired police officers as security for the concert because of the reputation that BRUJERIA has. Just before we were about to hit the stage, the police stopped Brujo for his machete that he takes on stage, they pulled him aside and questioned him, asking him what it's for and why he was wearing the Mexican flag bandana on his face. They said he was desecrating the flag, which is a major offense in Mexico. They continued to search him and found a substantial amount of a controlled substance (marijuana). Asesino tried to democratically intervene with the police but all he got was 'Shut the fuck up and get the fuck out of here.' Asesino went and got the promoter to try and come and reason with the police. After a few minutes of negotiations between the promoter and the police, a financial compromise was agreed to only allow Brujo to perform the show but still to be arrested immediately after the band's performance and taken to jail, where he spent three days negotiating his release. Finally, yet another financial compromise of thousands of dollars was agreed and all charges were dropped and he was released from jail in time for rehearsals with BRUJERIA for their upcoming show at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, July 24."


Juan Brujo - Vocals
Asesino (a.k.a. Dino Cazares, ex-FEAR FACTORY) - Guitar
Hongo Jr. (a.k.a. Nicholas Barker, ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR) - Drums
Hongo (a.k.a. Shane Embury, NAPALM DEATH) - Bass
Fantasma - Additional Vocals
Pinche Peach - Additional Vocals

Posted: 25.07.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)

Attacker - live video online

Reunited New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have uploaded live footage from their appearance at the Keep It True II festival on April 10 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Download a video of the band performing the track "Tortured Existence" at the festival at this location (10.6 MB):

ATTACKER released their latest studio album, "Soul Taker", in January through Iron Glory Records.
Posted: 25.07.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)

Opeth seeks new label

Sweden's OPETH are officially free agents as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group). The band are looking through new offers at the moment.

As previously reported, OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early spring of 2005. Åkerfeldt has also visited No Man Studios in Hemel Hampstead, U.K. to lay down some guitars and backing vocals for the next, as-yet-untitled PORCUPINE TREE record. Mikael plays guitar on one track and sings backing vocals on another five songs. The album is due for release late this year.

Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 25.07.2004 by undercraft | Comments (0)