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Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Before The Bleeding Sun

Eternal Tears of Sorrow proudly present the details on their fifth album BEFORE THE BLEEDING SUN, out in Finland April 26th on Spinefarm Records. (The release dates outside Finland may vary.)

Before the Bleeding Sun is band's first album since their reunion that took place in 2005. The album was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi and at Note-On Studios in Kuopio and will be mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios. It is also the first album featuring lead guitarist Risto Ruuth (also in Scyron) and keyboardist Janne Tolsa (also in Tarot).

Says the band: 'The album is damn heavy but still more diverse and more melodic than any of our previous albums. The whole process has rarely been so easy and rewarding for us before, all the pieces really clicked together this time'.

Track list:

1. Sweet Lilith of My Dreams
2. Another Me
3. Red Dawn Rising
4. Upon the Moors
5. Sakura No Rei
6. Sinister Rain
7. Lost Rune of Thunder
8. Tar Still Flows
9. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act I: Before the Bleeding Sun)

Guest vocalists: lead vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen (Scyron) and Miriam "Sfinx" Renvåg (Ram-Zet). Backing vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen, Miriam Renvåg, Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) and Marco Hietala (Nightwish & Tarot).

Cover art by Travis Smith.

Eternal Tears of Sorrow 2006:

Altti Veteläinen (vocals, bass)
Jarmo Puolakanaho (guitar)
Risto Ruuth (lead guitar)
Janne Tolsa (keyboards)
Petri Sankala (drums)

Band profile: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
Posted: 28.01.2006 by abougrej | Comments (0)

TME - A Project To Aphotic Records

TME - Vintersorg Guitarist, Fission Drummer Sign Project To Aphotic Records
2006-01-09 16:43:36

According to TME's MySpace page (, the band started out as an idea of guitarist Mattias Marklund (Vintersorg, Casket Casey) and drummer Benny Hägglund (Fission) in late summer, 2002. Their goal was to create old school thrash-metal.

In need of a vocalist and a rhythm guitarist they invited Andreas Stenlund to play the rhythm guitar and handle the screams.

The first rehearsal sessions took place in the dark winter of 2002/2003. Several songs were written and Patrik Pettersson joined in on bass.

However, in fall 2003 the project was laid to rest for a while, only to return in full force in late summer 2004. Some more songs were written and in April, 2005 TME entered the studio to record the drums for their demo CD.

The result was seven recorded songs, which were completed in DeadSound studios during the summer.

The following update has now been posted at the group's MySpace page:

"We are pleased to announce that they signed to the newly started American label Aphotic Records! The masterminds behind Aphotic Records have another label called Blood And Guts Records and have among others released Mattias' and Patrik's project Casket Casey. You´ll find the link to Aphotic Records MySpace site down below!

As you know we have since recorded our first promo and have been rehearsing and writing new material. So, we will continue with that during the next weeks and start to record the record as soon as possible!

Be sure to expect some fast and bone crushing trash-metal from TME!"

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Aphotic Records -
Posted: 19.01.2006 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Bal-Sagoth - The Sixth Album is Complete

Work on the long awaited sixth BAL-SAGOTH album is finally complete. Exact release date through Nuclear Blast is at the time of this writing unknown. Keep checking the "Latest" box for news on the release date.
The album title and full tracklisting is as follows:

The Chthonic Chronicles

1) The Sixth Adulation Of His Chthonic Majesty
2) Invocations Beyond The Outer-World Night
3) Six Score And Ten Oblations To A Malefic Avatar
4) The Obsidian Crown Unbound
5) The Fallen Kingdoms Of The Abyssal Plain
6) Shackled To The Trilithon Of Kutulu
7) The Hammer Of The Emperor
8) Unfettering The Hoary Sentinels Of Karnak
9) To Storm The Cyclopean Gates Of Byzantium
10) Arcana Antediluvia
11) Beneath The Crimson Vaults Of Cydonia
12) Return To Hatheg-Kla

Band profile: Bal-Sagoth
Posted: 30.12.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Twilightning - Bedlam Finished

Hello. We've finished the recordings of our brand new EP about a week ago. I have to say that even though it has been a hellish and really disordered few weeks in Astia we came up for five brisk hard rocking songs! The mixing should start today at Finnvox. The name will be "Bedlam", you'll understand when you'll hear it... Anyways, we'll show you the cover art and pictures from the studio later when they are ready. Cheers and have a good Christmas!

Band profile: Twilightning
Posted: 22.12.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Poisonblack - Poisonblack Entering Studios

Poisonblack entering studios early 2006 to finish up the new album!

Poisonblack will enter studios early 2006 to finish up the new album. At the moment they are composing and rehearsing new songs. Release date is not known yet but they hope it would come out before summer 2006.

We will add more news as soon as there's something sure to tell and more updates to the site will be follow before new albums comes out.

Band profile: Poisonblack
Posted: 19.12.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Orphaned Land - Eden Rabin is leaving the band

Eden Rabin's message:
"My dearest friends, As of today, I decided to leave Orphaned Land, due to personal reasons I do not wish to divulge. The OL members have always been dear friends, and they shall stay my friends for eternity. Who knows?!- Maybe we'll find ourselves on the same stage again one day.It is indeed possible! I can not stress enough the happiness and joy each and every one of you has brought upon my life! I'm always at your service: Don't hesitate to write. And above all: THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU for everything! Yours truly, Eden"

Credits go to MegadethMustain (User)

Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 24.11.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Mortician - Will Rahmer in Jail

Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza is reporting that Mortician vocalist/bassist Will Rahmer is likely to spend the next few weeks at a Polish jail while the prosecutors prepare an indictment against him for robbery with a dangerous weapon. The judges from the Polish town of Krosno Odrzanskie (where Rahmer is currently being held) have accepted a proposal from the prosecutors to detain Rahmer for up to three months in accordance with the Polish law.

In addition to the charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, the prosecutors will likely charge Rahmer for resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

Rahmer, 36, was arrested by the Polish police after he allegedly assaulted a taxi driver with a knife and stole a taxi cab following the group's performance in the Polish city of Zielona Gora on Sunday (Nov. 13).

Rahmer reportedly called a cab after Mortician's concert in Zielona Gora (which the other Mortician members performed without Rahmer) and requested to be taken to the Berlin airport so that he could fly back to the United States. He allegedly paid the driver 200 euros for the ride, but apparently went berserk when he was unable to reach someone on his mobile phone. Rahmer allegedly proceeded to attempt to gain control of the vehicle, in the process causing a small cut to the cabdriver's neck with his knife. The driver managed to escape and contacted the police. He was subsequently taken to the hospital, where he received two stitches. In the meantime, Will stole the car and drove himself to the Polish/German border crossing in Swiecko, where he allegedly got into a scuffle with the authorities before being detained.

At the time of his arrest, Rahmer was reportedly not carrying any additional cash or a valid passport. He was, however, in possession of at least one knife and a set of knucklers, according to Gazeta Lubuska.

Speaking to the police through a translator, Rahmer apparently offered a very different account of what transpired to the version given by the taxidriver.

Band profile: Mortician
Posted: 17.11.2005 by abougrej | Comments (2)

Opeth - Guests of Headbanger's Ball

Swedish metal legends Opeth are the special guests of this Saturday's Headbanger's Ball, which, as you probably know, airs on MTV2 at 10pm EST.

Naturally, their striking video for "The Grand Conjuration" will also be featured, along with Chimaira's "Nothing Remains," and many, many more head-banging delights.

Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 11.11.2005 by abougrej | Comments (1)

Kataklysm - Singer to Write Autobiography

Kataklysm singer Maurizio Iacono to write autobiography book of Kataklysm for the band's 15th anniversary!!

"Well I've been thinking about it for a long time during the last few years, especially when I'm on tour and all the band memebers of other bands are like "Dude we had no idea about the shit you guys been through"... We would talk about fun things and sad things all night long over beers and alcohol, they would always tell me "Dude you should write a book" and I always said maybe one day. So what better time then now? Next year will mark the band's 15th anniversary and I'm damn proud of what we've achieved. For some it ain't much but for me it's everything, so I decided to set the record straight on EVERYTHING. I really got convinced last week when mags from Europe were in town listening to my new album and then we had a BBQ at my house. The day before they left and again, the same thing: "Bro, put that shit in a book! Do it!"... So ok fuck it, let's do it. I talked to Nuclear Blast about it, they said let's go for it. So next year sometime... "Kataklysm / The Northern Hyperblast: uncut" book will be released. I've been writing for the past few days and this is really exciting... So stay tuned for more details.

In other news, Kataklysm have secured the co-headliner position for the No Mercy Festivals tour in Europe held next March. Some shows in the Quebec area are also planned for December.

Kataklysm's new album "In the Arms of Devastation" is currently being mixed in Denmark by acclaimed producer Tue Madsen.

Band profile: Kataklysm
Posted: 12.10.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Megadeth - The Band Will Continue

"Yes, Megadeth is going to continue to play"
Dave Mustaine makes his announcement after a special version of "Coming Home" to the Argentinian crowd at the sold out show in Buenos Aires.
"I told you earlier tonight that I was gonna let all of you know first before the rest of the world what our decision was - whether or not we were gonna continue with Megadeth or not," Mustaine said before playing a special rendition of "Coming Home", with the song's lyrics changed from the original "I'm coming home to Arizona" to "I'm coming home to Argentina." Immediately after the song, Mustaine said "The answer is yes."
Megadeth will continue as a band. Megadeth will record a new album. Megadeth will continue to play.

Band profile: Megadeth
Posted: 10.10.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Metallica - Metallica In Springfield

The guys were in the studio to record their voices for an upcoming episode of The Simpsons!

The show will air sometime in May 06, so you have plenty of time to set those recorders. When we have more info, we will be sure to let you know.

Band profile: Metallica
Posted: 26.09.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Gamma Ray - Majestic Release Date Oct. 11

Gamma Ray to unleash latest endeavor, Majestic,

October 11, 2005 through Sanctuary Records

Gamma Ray is set to release their latest effort Majestic on October 11, 2005 through Sanctuary Records. The line-up for Majestic includes Kai Hansen (vocals, guitars), Dirk Schlächter (bass), Henjo Richter (guitar, keyboards) and Daniel Zimmerman (drums), who have been together for the last several releases after a number of line-up changes in the early stages of the band's career. Majestic will be the band's first release since 2003's Skeletons in the Closet.

As with previous Gamma Ray releases, Hansen serves as the lead composer, but for this effort both Richter and Zimmerman also contributed tracks, lending a dash of diversity to the signature Gamma Ray sound. The band recorded the album at their own Hansen Studios in Hamburg, with Hansen and Schlächter on the controls. They brought Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, Masterplan, Edguy, among others) aboard to master the album and create a dynamic, well-rounded sound for the finished product.

Majestic Track Listing:
1) My Temple
2) Fight
3) Strange World
4) Hell Is Thy Home
5) Blood Religion
6) Condemned to Hell
7) Spiritual Dictator
8) Majesty
9) How Long
10) Revelation

The band is working on plans for a 2006 North American tour.


Band profile: Gamma Ray
Posted: 02.09.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Elvenking - Elvenking Co-headlined Dong-Fest!

What a blast! The Italian Folk Power Metal act Elvenking have been co-headlining this year's Dong-Festival, taking place in Neunkirchen-Vluyn/Western Germany. The place has been totally sold out
and the guys could start a big party with lots of people singing along their songs, diving from stage and headbanging. The Elvenkings have been in excellent shape and party mood, so there is no reason not to look forward for 23rd January, when their new, third album "The Winter Wake" will come out!"

Band profile: Elvenking
Posted: 02.09.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Vader - Former Drummer Dead at 35!

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 with a picture of the late skinsman.

Band profile: Vader
Posted: 22.08.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)

Celtic Frost - The Emperor Returns

Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers Celtic Frost announce the completion of their new studio album, tentatively titled "Dark Matter Manifest", their first in 13 years and the culmination of some three and a half years of songwriting and recording work. Although the album was largely produced by the band themselves and financed by their own production company, Celtic Frost enlisted Hypocrisy/Pain mastermind Peter Tägtgren to co-produce with them the final recording and mixing sessions at Horus Sound Studio in Hanover, Germany, in August/September 2005. Negotiations with a variety of labels are currently underway, and the album is scheduled for a release in early 2006.

Having declined innumerable reunion show propositions over the years, Celtic Frost once again deemed it essential to manifest themselves creatively with a new album before embarking on the live circuit next year.

Original Celtic Frost members Tom Gabriel Fischer (voice and guitars) and Martin Eric Ain (bass) are joined by Erol Unala (guitar) and Franco Sesa (drums). The band are now managed by Antje Lange for The A Label in Berlin, Germany ( For real-time exclusive information and rare visual glimpses, see Celtic Frost's official website at and Tom Gabriel Fischer's blog at

Band profile: Celtic Frost
Posted: 13.08.2005 by abougrej | Comments (0)