Friday October 22nd 2004
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The guys in Sacred Life have decided to quit the band. After five years being a band, Willem, Helmert and Lucas have decided to go their separate ways. Lucas: 'We started the band when we were 13, 15 & 16 and since that moment much has changed.' One of those changes is that drummer Helmert plays piano nowadays... Sacred Life will play two final shows.
Wind-Up Recordss announced the release of a two disc DVD/CD from Evanescence. This release will be out on November 23rd. Besides a live registration, you will get an hour of behind-the-scenes footage and the four music videos the band did. An additional bonus is the studio recording of Missing, a previously unreleased track. Evanscence Wind-up debut Fallen has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The live DVD was directed by Hamish Hamilton (U2, Peter Gabriel).
Neshamah will release their new album this month in South Africa by Witchdoctor Records. The album is called Communicating In Heartbeats. Neshamah will also be filming a new video for the track Dying Thoughts Of A Martyr.
The German death metal band Sacrificium hopes to release a new CD in March 2005. It will be called Escaping The Stupor. According to insiders the songs are much harder and aggressive than on Cold Black Piece Of Flesh.
Another German band is working on new material. Brain:FAQ expects their next album to be a big step forward.
The guys in Save The Radio have finished up some demo's with producer Skidd Mills. They recorded in the 747 Studio's in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The first track Safety Net is already on a local radio station in the USA.
Solid State Records will release the debut album from The Chariot on November 16th. The album is entitled Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead, And Nothing Is Bleeding. The Chariot features former Norma Jean vocalist Josh Scogin. You can download the song The Company, The Comfort, The Grave from Purevolume.
Rob Rock is focusing on his third album. He hopes to have the album out in Spring 2005. The third disc may very well be a cross between Rage Of Creation and Eyes Of Eternity...
The members of Oil are continuing in the band Torn Apart since the departure of vocalist Ron Rhinehart. Torn Apart is currently seeking a new vocalist (of course!) and a second guitarist. The band rehearses in Long Beach, California, USA.
Calibretto is doing their last show on October 30th. Then they will release their final recording, a split CD with Mercury Radio Theater. This split album is called All Of These Things Do Not Belong and it will contain nine or ten songs.
Unfortunately the band Ganglion decided to quit. Some of the members joined Extol , who have recorded a new album.
Anberlin recorded a new album called Never Take Friendship Personal.
Alove For Enemies will record their debut album for Facedown Records in December. They will do so in the Trax East Studios. The album is titled The Harvest. Expect it to be out in March 2005.
No Innocent Victim has arisen from its ashes! The band is in the process of writing a new album.
The British hard rock band Stairway has just finished demos for the new songs. In the next few weeks they hope to record the album properly. They tend to release it by mid 2005.
Also Jimmy Brown from Fearful Symmetry has been active again. Next year he will release a new album called Ping The Universe. The new direction is industrial. First, Fearful Symmetry will release two singles.
Friday October 8th 2004
Perhaps you remember the band Seventh Angel from the United Kingdom. They released two highly acclaimed albums in the early nineties: The Torment and Lament For The Weary. These albums are collectors items nowadays as they are harder and harder to get. However, Bombworks Records will re-release those albums and release an extra CD. This extra CD will contain the Heed The Warning demo and possibly some unreleased live recordings.
Former Seventh Angel singer and guitarist Ian Arkley is back with his band Ashen Mortality. Last week you could read in this column that his band is looking for a new drummer again. Ashen Mortality will re-release their first two albums as well (Sleepless Remorse & Your Caress) as a double CD release. The tracks on Sleepless Remorse will be re-mastered. Ashen Mortality currently has a lot of new material to be recorded. They are still waiting for someone to invest in the recording.
Rowan London and Samantha Escarbe are finalizing the material for the next Virgin Black album. They will begin recording very soon and hope to have the album out before mid 2005.
The Juliana Theory are busy making preparations for the next album. They will be working on the next record for the rest of the year in a studio in Los Angeles with John Travis (Social Distortion, Nada Surf, Monster Magnet).
A great deal of the material for Altera Enigma's debut album has been recorded. The band featuring Jeff from Kekal and former Paramæcium guitarist Jason DeRon, is well on the way to complete the album. The material is varied, which is fitting for an experimental album, and covers a wide range of styles. Both Jason and Jeff have focused on experimenting and being creative. They have come up with a unique and eclectic sound, ranging from heavy progressive metal to techno and trance. MP3 samples are available on the Altera Enigma website.
Former Kekal guitarist Leo will be contributing to the Altera Enigma album.
The Norwegian band Silence The Foe has been busy this year, playing festivals and shows and doing two music videos for their new EP Sweet Sweet Suicide. The video for Playing With The Old Me will be available on the internet as soon as the TV stations pick it up.
Strike First Records signed two bands. First of all Brutal Fight from Vancouver, USA. Also the band Once For All got signed. Both bands will release albums in the near future. On the MP3 section of the Strike First website, you can download a couple of pre-production tracks from both of these bands.
Darker Than Silence, the new album from The Awakening, will be officially released in Europe on October 25th. Sonorium is the label responsible for bringing it out. The album will be distributed through SX Distribution. Plans are under way to tour Europe in the near future in support of the release.
Stairway is recording demos for their next album.
HM magazine re-launches Heaven's Metal magazine as a fanzine. Ten years ago the title Heaven's Metal disappeared as it morphed into HM Magazine. Now, Heaven's Metal is re-appearing as a black & white xerox fanzine. 'It's kind of an outlet for fun', says founding editor Doug van Pelt. Single copy prices will be $2.95 and one-year subscriptions will be $6.
Here's some old news that was overlooked before. Dee Harrington has rejoined the band Saint! The band is in the process of re-recording Warriors Of The Son, their 1984 debut.
The band Pantokrator is working on a new album. They have written a couple of new songs. The band will be faster, harder and heavier, so they say...
Friday October 1st 2004
King's X will release a double live CD in November. This album will be called Live All Over The Place. It will be in stores on November 2nd 2004.
Look At Death Now is the solo debut from Ez Gomér. He's the founder of hard rock band Jet Circus. The album will contain guest appearance from people as Mikkey Dee (Motörhead), Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall), Tommy Denander (Radioactive, Toto, Richard Marx), Terry Haw (Jet Circus), Michael Ulvsgaard (Jet Circus) and others. Some of the songs on the album are: Skull Of The Poet, Shooting Star, Greed Money and Fears Of Tomorrow. Look At Death Now will be released on November 15th.
A song from Ez Gomér will also appear on The American All Star album. This track called Kings Of Hollywood, was written exclusively for this compilation album that will also feature artists as Michael Sweet and Lou Gramm. The American All Star album will be released in 2005.
The Lionheart Brothers back with their new EP Colour Contrast Context.
Also The Spirit That Guides Us have a new disc out. It's the album North & South.
Ashen Mortality is looking for a new drummer again. They're still getting through more drummers than changes of underpants. Yet the band is rehearsing again and have lots of new material.
Veni Domine will perform at the 80th anniversary of their home church (Pingstkyrkan in Sollentuna) in late October. The band will also contribute a new song on a CD made for this anniversary.
Leviticus will release a live DVD. This disc will be called Live At Bobfest 2003 DVD as it is the recording of the band's show on the Bobfest in 2003... Expect this DVD out on November 15th. Ecclesiaste III "The Quest" is a new strategy board game that will be released in November. Leviticus guitarist Björn Stigsson has been nominated to participate in this game as Commander Björn Stiggson, commanding the star ship Leviticus.
The Agony Scene appears to be recording demos for their next album. It will be released through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam.
No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical, the album from Showbread, will be out on October 19th. This record was produced by Silvia Massy. From Purevolume you can download the songs Mouth Like A Magazine and Dead By Dawn.
Demon Hunter will host the Headbanger's Ball on MTV USA on October 9th. Their video for Not Ready To Die is now spinning on the show.
This Is Solid State, Volume 5 will be in stores on October 19th. Volume 5 contains fifteen tracks, including new tracks from Norma Jean, The Chariot, He Is Legend and Showbread. It also features old favorites from Underoath, Dead Poetic, Demon Hunter, Haste The Day, Beloved, and more.
Norma Jean will head back to the studio in November to record a new album. Tentative title is O God, The Aftermath.
As I Lay Dying will be touring Europe. The band is already huge in the USA. They sold about 100.000 units there so far. As I Lay Dying will be playing three headlining shows in Holland and Germany and a tour as a support act for Lamb Of God in the United Kingdom. Word has it, that the band is also working on new material that they will record late this year or early next year.
Project 86 shoot a video for The Spy Hunter, the first track on Songs To Burn Your Bridges By.
The Dutch rock band Collide is on the website Demo Match now. Through this site you can vote for upcoming bands. You can also vote for Collide on Ongekend Talent.nl, where you can listen to the songs from their demo.
The NordicFest announced the last three bands on the roster: Ashen Mortality, Benea Reach and Diamondog. Other bands playing the NordicFest are: Antestor, Bleedience, Equilibrium, Harmony, Inevitable End, Megiddon, Mental Destruction, Narnia, Renascent, Rob Rock and Soapbox. Tickets are 350 Norwegian Kronen for the entire festival.
Friday September 24th 2004
The Dutch black metal/dark metal band Slechtvalk is going to release a live-DVD! The recording of the DVD takes place on Saturday November 6th in the Hedon, Burgemeester Drijbersingel 7, Zwolle, Holland. The entrance is 5,00. However, free tickets will be given away at the German Metal Night, on Saturday October 16th in De Kei, Peppelensteeg, Ede, Holland. Slechtvalk and their record company Fear Dark hope to release the DVD in February 2005.
Next week Jason Truby will release String Theory. This record will be launched exclusively through the POD online store on Tuesday September 28th.
The Brazilian band Sabbatariam recorded a heavy version of a Bride song. The track is Heroes.
Friday September 17th 2004
Rowe Productions released Sleeping In Light. This is an album from melodic black metal band Fearscape.
Soundmass will re-release Horde's Hellig Usvart in October in partnership with Rowe Productions. This way the tenth anniversary of this classic black metal album will be celebrated. Hellig Usvart will include a bonus track and new layout.
Due to Steve Rowe's health concerns and insufficient finances, Mortification will not be playing in Mexico and South America in November.
The Dutch rock band Satellite 7 is going to record a new album. They will enter the E-sound studio in Weesp later this month. The producer Satellite 7 will be working with, is Zlaya, also known for his work with Sonic Youth and Motorpsycho.
There's a new song from MeWithoutYou that you may want to download. The track Paper Hanger can be downloaded from Purevolume.com. Paper Hanger is one of the songs on the upcoming album Catch For Us The Foxes, in stores on October 5th.
There's a new Underoath song available for download on Purevolume.com. It's called I Got 10 Friends And A Crowbar That Says You Ain't Gonna Do Jack. The song can also be found on the Music On The Brain, Volume 1 and the vinyl version of They're Only Chasing Safety.
Rob Rock's Rage Of Creation is looking for a drummer for local gigs and a possible European and Japanese tour in 2005. The band expects to finish the new recordings this year and release the 3rd Rob Rock album in early 2005.
Kekal has almost done with the recording of the next album, Acidity. There will be more guitar solos on this disc than on previous albums. Jeff, Leo and live-guitarist Didi are doing solos, as well as special guest Jason DeRon (from Altera Enigma, formerly of Paramæcium). Some of the songs on Acidity are: Strength in My Weakness, Envy And Its Manifesto, Romantika Destruksi and Blessing in Disguise.
Kekal has now a new mp3 site as well at Audiostreet.net. The song Vox Diaboli is doing well in the progressive metal chart.
On December 3rd & 4th 2004 the Christmas Rock Night will be held in Haus Ennepetal, Gasstrasse 10, Ennepetal (near Wuppertal), Germany. Line-up. Friday: The O.C. Supertones, Project 86, Crushead (Mainstage); Seventh Avenue, Gen, Blunt Skulls (small stage). Saturday: Pillar, East West, Splitlevel (Mainstage); Morphia, Opposition Of One, Make Up Your Mind. To see the entire line-up, go to the website of the Christmas Rock Night.
Friday September 10th 2004
Bassist Timothy Gaines has left Stryper. According to the band's manageament, Deep South Entertainment, the departure of Gaines was an amicable one on behalf of everyone. Timothy Gaines was not asked to leave the band, nor was there a ceremonious resignation. It was simply a decision made by all parties, 'in an effort to individually preserve their respective calling, personally and professionally.'
A replacement bass player will be named on a show by show basis until further notice.
Extol has found a replacement for their previous guitarist Ole Børud and Christer Espevoll. They are replaced by Tor Glidje and Ole Halvard Sveen. Both are known for black metal band Lengsel and the rock band Ganglion.
A new band signed by Tooth & Nail Records is Showbread. Showbread's debut release No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical was recorded with producer Sylvia Massy Shivy (Tool, Johnny Cash) and contains 13 tracks. This album will be out on October 19th. On their website you can download the song Mouth Like A Magazine.
The episode of American Dreams on NBC featuring Hawk Nelson, will air on October 10th. The band will appear as their rendition of The Who and perform the song My Generation.
Stavesacre has begun with several labels for a new release. The material for the next album is written.
Guitarplayer Torbjörn Weinesjö (Veni Domine) is no longer member of Divinefire. Due to musical differences and the way Divinefire has progressed production wise Torbjörn has chosen to leave the band. He will now concentrate to work and promote Veni Domine and his other band Thorb.
The Audiovision album that Christian Rivel (from Narnia and Divinefire) and Lars Chriss (from Lion's Share) have been working on, will be released on December 22nd in Japan through King Records. Exactly two months later Rivel Records will release the album in Sweden. The album features guest appearances of Bruce Kulick, Jeff Scott Soto, Tony Franklin, Mat Levén and Mic Michaeli.
Friday September 3rd 2004
Tourniquet will re-release The Vanishing Lessons album. The CD is almost 74 minutes long and features several live tracks, a previously unreleased track and a couple of rare demos that no one appears to have heard in ten years... The band is also working on new music.
Parakletos is a new black metal band from Sweden. They signed a deal with Rivel Records.
From October 21st through 24th the Nordic Fest will be held in the Sub Scene in Oslo, Norway. Four bands were added to the roster: Rob Rock, Antestor, Soapbox and Bleedience. Other bands that will appear on the festival are: Narnia, Mental Destruction, Renascent, Harmony, Megiddon, Equilibrium and Inevitable End.
Another Scandinavian festival is the Bob Fest. Unfortunately, next Bob Fest will be the last edition... The people who organize the festival have decided to spend more time with their families.
Last week you could read about the three bands that will appear on the Fear Dark Festivals next year. Here are the dates: Friday March 4th the first festival will be held in Germany. The next day you can see the same line-up in De Kei, Ede, Holland. And on Sunday March 6th the festival will probably be held in the Hedon, Zwolle, Holland. The line-up consists of Slechtvalk, Eluveitie and Thy Majesty. Slechtvalk will present their new album at the Fear Dark Festivals.
Friday August 27th 2004
Immortal Souls is working on new material for a next album. Their previously announced US tour was cancelled.
Evanescence is nominated in the Best Rock Video category for My Immortal in the MTV Video Music Awards . Sunday night this show will be aired. Amy Lee will also be appearing as a presenter on the show.
12 Stones have released their second album Potter's Field. Their first video is Far Away.
The Brazilian band Seven Angels is back in the studio to record their second album. Tentative title is Faceless man. The band hopes to have the album out in December.
In Spring 2005 the next album from Symphony In Peril will be released. The title is The Whore's Trophy, and it's based on Revelation chapter 17. The Whore's Trophy will be recorded in October/November.
Inked In Blood released their Awakening Vesuvius EP through Strike First Records. The EP contains five songs.
The Facedown Fest 2004 DVD is in the finishing stages. It will be a 2-disc project with fifteen bands, 55 songs and over five hours of live footage. Highlights are the final xDisciple ADx show, Comeback Kid, Nodes Of Ranvier, Shockwave, Sinai Beach and Symphony In Peril. This DVD will hit stores on January 4th, 2005.
Here's some old, previously overlooked news from Atomic Opera. The band is still working on their new album The Mystery Of Hope. Expect nine songs.
Demon Hunter will be guest hosts for MTV2's Headbangers Ball. On September 17th the band will fly to New York City to host the show. They will be premiering the video for Not Ready To Die. When they episode will air, is not certain.
Demon Hunter will also be on the Resident Evil 2 Soundtrack along with Rob Zombie, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Slipknot, The Used, Killswitch Engage and more! The soundtrack will be out on August 31st.
Demon Hunter will also head back into the studio in April to record a new album.
The new album from Veni Domine is out. IIII The Album Of Labour contains eleven (!) tracks including Waiting For The Blood Red Sky, Doom Of Man, The Healing The Mystery and Voice Of Creation.
Next year's edition of the Fear Dark Festivals will feature the following bands: Thy Majestie, Slechtvalk and Eluveitie.
Fear Dark is also organizing a German Metal Festival in De Kei, Peppelensteeg, Ede, Holland, on October 16th. Artists are: Sacrificium, Brain:FAQ, Exaudi, Anticipation. This festival starts around 19:00. The entrance is only 10 euro.
Friday August 20th 2004
Kekal released Spirits From The Ancients Days. This CD is a re-issue of their demos. You can download one song from the album from Audiostreet. It's the re-recorded Contra Spiritualia Nequitiae Act III.
Spirit's Breeze from Brazil is working on the pre-production of their new album. According to the band the technique and speed are moved to a never seen before level...
Next month POD guitarist Jason Truby will release a solo album. This will be a 24 song acoustic album called String Theory. It will only be available on the POD website.
Hawk Nelson just returned from Hollywood after taping an episode for American Dreams, a show on NBC. The band was selected to emulate the sixties rock group The Who. Hawk Nelson recorded their rendition of The Who's classic My Generation. This episode will be on NBC coming fall.
Friday August 13th 2004
Morphia has delayed the release of their new album. The record is now expected around October. Though the music still needs modification and mixing, you can listen to some samples on the Morphia website. Some of the songs that will appear on the album are Fading Beauty, Meaning Of Forever II, Of Stars And Flowers and Sounds Of Violence. The producer of the new album is Marc ter Braak of Harrow Studios.
Another Dutch band is planning to release music. Melisend will enter the studio in October to record a demo.
Sally Forth Records uploaded four songs from North And South, the new album from The Spirit That Guides Us. North And South will be released in September. The band will tour the Benelux in October to promote the album.
At the end of this month a new Spanish fanzine will go online called Sangre Suficiente.
There's an interesting festival coming up in Mexico City on November 20th: The first Revolution Metal Fest! The following bands will appear: Saviour Machine, Narnia, Stryper, Mortification and Exousia.
Friday August 6th 2004
Extol has entered the Toproom Studio to record their fourth full-length album with Herr Børge Finstad. Tentative title for this release is Gloriana. The album will be mixed in the Antfarm Studio in Denmark.
The list of songs for the Divinefire album is made public. The album will be called Glory Thy Name and it will contain eleven songs. Some of the songs are From Death To Life, The World´s On Fire, Free Like An Eagle and The Way To Eternity. Divinefire signed a deal with King Records in Japan. The album will be released in late November in Asia. In early 2005 the rest of the world will be given the chance to buy this record. Divinefire is a project featuring members from well-esteemed bands as Veni Domine, Narnia and Saviour Machine among others. The line-up is Jani Stefanovic (drums, guitars and keyboards), Christian Rivel (vocals), Torbjörn Weinesjö (guitars) and Andreas Olsson (bass). Guest players that will appear on the album: Pontus Norgren (Talisman & Great King Rat), Thomas Vikström (Brazen Abbot & Candlemass), Fredrik Sjöholm (Veni Domine), Carljohan Grimmark (Narnia), Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine) and Hubertus Liljegren (Crimson Moonlight).
Echoes From The Ground, the new album from Paramæcium is out!
Kekal has recorded 60% of their upcoming album. Title for the record is Acidity.
You can download the song Twisted Angel, a track from the upcoming CD Tales Of Sullen Eyes from Royal Anguish. The CD was recorded at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida and was produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel).
Calibretto is bringing out a final release. It's a split album with Side Walk Slam and Mercury Radio Theater. Standard Recording Company will release this split.