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Grave, Entombed, Dismember And Unleashed Announce European Tour

Dismember, Grave, Entombed and Unleashed will team up for the long awaited 'Masters Of Death' tour this November. Here are the first dates:

Nov. 03 - Leeuwarden (NL) - Romein
Nov. 04 - London (UK) - Carling Accademy
Nov. 08 - Essen (DE) - Turock
Nov. 09 - Saarbrücken (DE) - Garage
Nov. 10 - Erstfeld (CH) - Transilvania
Nov. 13 - Althofen (AT) - Kulturhaus
Nov. 14 - Vienna (AT) - Planet Music
Nov. 15 - Munich (AT) - Metropolis
Nov. 16 - Chemnitz (DE) - AJZ Taalschock
Nov. 17 - Adelsheim (DE) - Live Factory
Nov. 18 - Hannover (DE) - Faust
Nov. 19 - Eindhoven (NL) - Dynamo

More dates to be confirmed later.

Band profile: Unleashed
Posted: 16.08.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (4)

Dark Funeral - Announces South American Tour

Sep. 16 - TBC - TBA (Brasil)
Sep. 17 - Santiago - Teatro La Cúpula (Chile)
Sep. 19 - Buenos Aires - El Teatro (Argentina)
Sep. 20 - Porto Alegre/RS - Bar Opinião (Brasil) *
Sep. 22 - Campinas/SP - TBA (Brasil) *
Sep. 23 - São Paulo/SP - Ledslay (Brasil) *
Sep. 24 - Curitiba/PR - Casa Show (Brasil) *
Sep. 26 - TBA - TBA (Colômbia) **
Sep. 27 - Puebla - La Ciricua Bar (Mexico)
Sep. 28 - Guadalajara - Hard Rock Café (Mexico)
Sep. 29 - Monterrey - Ibex Rock Bar (México)
Sep. 30 - San Luis Potosi - Huerta del STIC (México)
Oct. 01 - Mexico City - Circo Volador (México)

* with Incantation, Funeras

** to be confirmed


Band profile: Dark Funeral
Event: Dark Funeral South American Tour
Posted: 26.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (0)

Megadeth - Release Details Of New Album

Megadeth's upcoming album scheduled for a release this Halloween, has been named 'United Abominations'.

"My decision was a combination of a few things," Mustaine said as he prepared to enter the studio to record vocals for the band's upcoming album, United Abominations, which is scheduled for a Halloween release. "I was finally associating with guys that really love to play and that make me feel really good to play. They respect me and are fans of the music that we play and of the music in our genre. Also, ticket sales were up and record sales were up it was happening again."

United Abominations will mark the Megadeth recording debut of the Drover brothers. The album will contain 11 songs, including the title track, "Washington's Next" and "Gears of War"; an additional track will be included with the Japanese release. "It's a really diverse record," Shawn said. "There's some faster stuff that should appeal to the band's thrash fans and it's got a little more mainstream stuff as well. It's definitely not one-dimensional."

"I wanted to go back to the way the stuff was done in the beginning," said Mustaine. "I think Megadeth boils down to its bare minimum. When you break it down, Megadeth is guitar, bass, drums and guitar solos. And when it starts going in directions where there's a little bit too much stuff going on that can't be done onstage, it loses heaviness because that stuff probably shouldn't be there anyway."


Band profile: Megadeth
Posted: 18.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (11)

Insomnium - Join Enslaved, 1349, Zyklon For UK Tour

Insomnium will tour in September with Enslaved, Zyklon and 1349 in the following cities:

05 - (IRL) Dublin, The Village
07 - (UK) Colchester, Arts Centre
08 - (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
09 - (UK) Glasgow, The Garage
10 - (UK) Manchester, Academy 2
11 - (UK) Birmingham, Carling Academy
12 - (UK) London, Mean Fiddler

They will open each gig, followed by Keep Of Kalessin.

Band profile: Insomnium
Posted: 14.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (1)

Draconian - Track List And Release Date Announced

The release date of the forthcoming Draconian album, The Burning Halo, is set to the 29th of September (10th of October in USA).

Tracklist - "The Burning Halo" (playing time 54:09)
1. She Dies
2. Through Infectious Waters (A Sickness Elegy)
3. The Dying
4. Serenade of Sorrow
5. The Morningstar
6. The Gothic Embrace
7. On Sunday They Will Kill the World
8. Forever My Queen

Band profile: Draconian
Posted: 04.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (4)

Finntroll - To Support Sodom On Upcoming European Tour

Finntroll will support German thrashers Sodom on the following European dates in December:

Dec. 26 - (NL) Amsterdam - Melkweg
Dec. 27 - (D) Osnabrück-Georgsmarienhütte - Eventcenter B 51
Dec. 28 - (D) Bochum - Zeche
Dec. 29 - (B) Antwerp - Hof Ter Loo
Dec. 30 - (D) Karlsruhe - Substage
Dec. 31 - (CH) Pratteln - Z7

As previously reported, Finntroll is scheduled to enter the studio in late September to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Nattfödd", tentatively due in early 2007. The upcoming CD will mark the band's first release with new singer Vreth, who replaced previous frontman Tapio Wilska this past spring.


Band profile: Sodom
Event: Finntroll & Sodom: European Tour
Posted: 04.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (3)

Burzum - Varg Virkenes Denied Parole

Former Burzum leader and convicted murderer and arsonist Varg Vikernes, who has served 12 years out of a 21-year jail sentence, will not be released from prison just yet. The Norwegian prison authorities have denied Vikernes' parole application, according to the newspaper Dagbladet. Varg's attorney John Christian Elden says Vikernes' release is long overdue. "He is disappointed by the decision because he feels he is ready to come back into the general community," says Elden.

Vikernes was convicted for the murder of MAYHEM frontman Øystein Aarseth and three counts of church burnings. He has served 12 years out of the 21-year jail sentence, and in accordance with the previous legislation, he is due for parole. But during the years Vikernes spent behind bars, the government passed laws to increase the number of years required in time served before one can be considered for parole to 14 years for 21-year sentences, which is the most severe time-based punishment in Norway. Elden says it is unreasonable that these new regulations are retroactive. "We are baffled the Department of Justice chooses to use laws that came into effect nine years after he stared serving his sentence," says Elden.

Band profile: Burzum
Posted: 04.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (50)

Symphony X - To Record New Album In July

Posted under the news section on the band's official website by Jax:

"Just spoke to MJR & got caught up on things. He reports that they will start recording in the beginning of July; they're currently finishing up one song and putting final touches on a couple of others. Mike said that since writing has taken this long, they've chosen to fine tune the songs before entering the studio; they've put a lot of time into pre-production on this one."

Band profile: Symphony X
Posted: 04.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (3)

Iced Earth - Announce New Guitarist

As posted on the official site by Jon Schaffer on 2006-06-30:


I just wanted to make a quick but significant announcement. After auditioning some very good guitar players I've made a decision. The man who will be handling the majority of the guitar solos on the next record as well as touring with us on "The Wicked World Tour" is an awesome player named Ernie Carletti. As has been the case in the past we may have a few guests do a solo or two on the epic that this way comes, but the majority will be handled by Ernie. He is a world class player and truly one of the best guitarists I've had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with. We're going to make a good team, I'm sure. We were introduced through Bernie at Bernie Rico, Jr. Guitars who is the son of the BC Rich founder/legend Bernie Rico. If you want to see some amazing top quality hand built guitars go to and see what this master builder has been up to the last few years.

I'll be auditioning bass players as well very soon so there will be announcements made in the not too distant future for that position.

The writing is moving along well and I'll have a few details for you on the next post, but for now I've gotta much to do, so little time.

Take care all!"

Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 02.07.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (2)

Cannibal Corpse - Announce Australia & New Zealand Tour

Cannibal Corpse - have lined up the following dates in Australia/New Zealand:

Oct. 03 - The Hifi Bar - Melbourne, AUS
Oct. 04 - The Gaelic Club - Sydney, AUS
Oct. 05 - The Arena - Brisbane, AUS
Oct. 06 - 420 - Auckland, NZ
Oct. 07 - Indigo Bar - Wellington, NZ
Oct. 09 - Fowlers Live - Adelaide, AUS
Oct. 10 - Club Capitol - Perth, AUS

Band profile: Cannibal Corpse
Posted: 27.06.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (9)

Morbid Angel - Former Guitarist Erik Rutan To Rejoin Band For European Tour

Guitarist Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) will be rejoining Morbid Angel for the band's upcoming European summer festival tour. "This will certainly be an exciting event with the 'Domination' lineup together for the first time in 10 years!" the band write in a statement. "We look forward to seeing you all on tour."

Upcoming Morbid Angel European tour dates:

Aug. 05 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, GER
Aug. 07 - Monsters Of Rock Festival - Kavarna, BUL
Aug. 11 - Traun - Spinnerei, AUT
Aug. 12 - Brutal Assault Festival - Svojsice, CZR
Aug. 14 - Planet Music - Vienna, AUT
Aug. 15 - Sziget Festival - Budapest, HUN
Aug. 16 - Skc - Belgrade, SER
Aug. 18 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, GER
Aug. 19 - CC De Fabriek - Sint-Lievens Houtem, BEL
Aug. 20 - 013 - Tilburg, NETH
Aug. 22 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Aug. 24 - Hole In The Sky Festival - Bergen, NOR
Aug. 26 - Up From The Ground Open Air - Gemunden Am Main, GER

Band profile: Morbid Angel
Posted: 27.06.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (2)

Soilwork - Announce UK And Turkish Dates

17-Sep UK Norwich-Waterfront
18-Sep UK Portsmouth-Wedgewood
19-Sep UK Oxford-Zodiac
20-Sep UK London-Mean Fiddler
21-Sep UK Nottingham-Rockcity
22-Sep UK Glasgow-Cathouse
23-Sep UK Leeds-Cockpit
24-Sep UK Manchester-Academy 3
25-Sep UK Leicester-Charlotte
26-Sep UK Birmingham-Ac 2
27-Sep UK Cardiff-Barfly
28-Sep UK Exeter-Lemongrove

30-Sep TU Ankara-Saklikent
01-Oct TU Istanbul-Studyio Live

Band profile: Soilwork
Posted: 25.06.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (4)

DragonForce - Announce UK Tour

Inhuman Rampage Tour Second Strike
Special Guest & Support to be announced.

Wednesday 29th November 2006 -- Leas Cliff Hall -- Folkestone, UK
Thursday 30th November 2006 -- Guildhall -- Southampton, UK
Friday 1st December 2006 -- University -- Leeds, UK
Saturday 2nd December 2006 -- Rock City -- Nottingham, UK
Monday 4th December 2006 -- University Students Union -- Cardiff, UK
Tuesday 5th December 2006 -- Academy -- Birmingham, UK
Thursday 7th December 2006 -- Octagon -- Sheffield, UK
Friday 8th December 2006 -- Academy -- Manchester, UK
Saturday 9th December 2006 -- Barrowlands -- Glasgow, UK
Monday 11th December 2006 -- UEA -- Norwich, UK
Tuesday 12th December 2006 -- Academy -- Bristol, UK
Wednesday 13th December 2006 -- Astoria -- London, UK

Band profile: DragonForce
Posted: 25.06.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (0)

Suffocation - Announce European August Dates

August 16 Wermelskirchen (D) AJZ Bahndamm ( w/ Skinless (US), Spawn Of Possession (SWE), Obscura (D))
August 17 Gent (B) Frontline ( w/ Obscura (D), Fleshmould (B) + more)
August 18 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg (w/ Obscura (D),Dawn Of Disease (D), + support)
August 19 Muotathal (CH) Mountains Of Death Open Air (w/Cephalic Carnage, Disavowed, Wasteform, Fleshless, Obscura and many)
August 20 Munich (D) Metropolis ( w/ Obscura (D), Wasteform (US))
August 21 Vienna (A) Planet Music ( w/ Obscura (D), Wasteform (US), Days Of Loss (A), Dark Deception (A))
August 22 Prague (CZ) Matrix (w/ Obscura (D) + more)
August 23 Hamburg (D) Marx (w/ Obscura (D), Wasteform (US))
August 24 Berlin (D) Knaack (w/ Obscura (D), Wasteform (US))
August 25 Gemuenden/Main, GERMANY Up From The Ground Open Air (w/Obituary, Morbid Angel, Sinister, Gorefest, Dismember, Obscura and many more)
August 26 Rijssel (NL) Els Rock Open Air (w/ Holy Moses (D) and more)

Band profile: Suffocation
Posted: 25.06.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (0)

King Diamond - New Album Update

King Diamond have finished recording the drums, bass and rhythm guitars for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2007. The follow-up to 2003's "The Puppet Master" will contain 13 tracks (including an intro), five of which were written by the band's guitarist Andy La Rocque. Frontman King Diamond will soon begin writing the lyrics for the album, which is being recorded in Dallas, Texas and at Los Angered Recording (owned by La Rocque) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Band profile: King Diamond
Posted: 24.06.2006 by Daru Jericho | Comments (5)