The perennial members of ROTTING CORPSE are rehearsing and working on a CD featuring the band's old demo songs. The band is also looking at old footage in order to compile a video. For more information head to www.rottingcorpse.net...NEURON's Gleichschritt album, originally issued by Epistrophy Records, has been picked up for US release by Crimes Against Humanity. The band is also issuing a split-12" with AUDIO KOLLAPS (ex-RECHARGE) this summer...The next PROJECT: FAILING FLESH album has been written. It is called The Conjoined...IMPALED NAZARENE live album Death Comes In 26 Carefully Selected Pieces is now out through Osmose Production. Recorded last December at Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland the album features 26 songs from the band's catalogue, including songs from their 7" EPs. The album was mixed at Sonic Pump studio by the band's own soundman, Tapio Pennanen...Chicago's FOREST OF IMPALED is in studio recording its fourth release due later this year on Red Stream Records. The band features Adrian Adamus and Marek Trella on guitars, DIVINE EMPIRE's Duane Timlin on drums and SARCOPHAGUS' Marcus Kolar on bass and vocals...RITUAL CARNAGE will have a new album out soon through Osmose called Do Not Resuscitate which has a more Bay Area thrash sound. Some of the tracks are Imprisoned Secret, The Perfect Strain, I, Infidel and Thirst For Blood...KRISIUN has teamed up with HATE ETERNAL, INTO ETERNITY, INCANTATION and ALL SHALL PERISH to tour in the U.S.A. this summer beginning in June...IMMOLATION, DEICIDE, SKINLESS, MISERY INDEX and WITH PASSION are touring North America beginning in May...BORGARHOLT will release its first album through Deadsun Records in 2006. The band is described as "Viking Black Metal from Norway at its best!" The label is also releasing a new album by BESTIAL DEVASTATION and Italy's EXIDIA...PHAZM has begun work with session drummer Cedhryck from SOLEKAHN for gigs as drummer Dyrhk will be on a U.S tour with SOILWORK in April...BOUND IN HUMAN FLESH's Sick Lust For Revenge album is now out through Baphomet/Red Stream Records...ALIENATION MENTAL's Psychopathicolorspectrum album is now out. The Czech band plays "neo-grind."...Two new releases on Einheit Produktionen are BLACK MESSIAH's The Oath Of A Warrior and ARCANA XXII's Your Fatal Embrace album...DESPISED ICON, ION DISSONANCE and PREMONITIONS OF WAR have embarked on a Canadian tour this month. DESPISED ICON’s sophomore release, The Healing Process, is out this month as well...Metal Blade Records has inked a world-wide deal with the Tampa, Florida's THE ABSENCE. Having previously self released an EP, the band will enter Manna Studio's on April 10th with Erik Rutan producing their first full-length release for Metal Blade Records. It is due out in the autumn of 2005...MERCENARY has signed both a management and world-wide booking contract with Germany's Continental Concerts which houses, among others, NEVERMORE, SOILWORK and CHILDREN OF BODOM and in addition is the exclusive bookers for the likes of DIMMU BORGIR, AMON AMARTH and ACCEPT...CALLENISH CIRCLE has spent the last couple of months working on a fifth studio album. The recording for the new, as yet untitled, album is scheduled for May and June over in The Netherlands with Gail Liebling of GAIL OF GOD. The mix will be done in Denmark with Tue Madsen. The new album will feature a bonus DVD with video footage and is due in November through Metal Blade...EXTOL is touring the USA this summer in support of its new album The Blueprint Dives. Dates include a stop at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival...Bones Brigade records has issued TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION's Compact Disc Version 1.0 MCD, LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY's In Advanced Haemorrhaging Conditions CD and F.U.B.A.R.'s Justification Of Criminal Behaviour album...KULT OV AZAZEL's The World, The Flesh & The Devil album is out now through Crash Music...STABWOUND's vocalist Uffe has joined forces with the band once again. The five-piece is currently working on its second full-length release which has a working title of Gasoline Therapy...DESTRUCTION is working on new material for its debut on AFM Records. HYPOCRISY's Peter Tägtgren will produce the album, which is scheduled for release on August 15th....UNHOLY GHOST recently claimed it has managed to recruit former DEICIDE guitarist Eric Hoffman. The band is working on its second release right now which might be called Blasphemy Of The Grand Divine. Hoffman, however, has denied the rumours and is supposedly putting together a new band...Here is some news from Candlelight USA: May 3rd is the US release date for the new album from DEFLESHED, titled Reclaim the Beat. Also coming May 3rd is BEHEMOTH's 2-DVD Crush, Fukk, Create. In June, Candlelight will release the new album from GRAND MAGUS which is entitled Wolf's Return, the debut from England's DAM which is entitled Purity-The Darwinian Paradox, classic reissues (with extensive bonus material) from IN FLAMES and in July catalogue reissues from DEFLESHED, XYSMA, NIHILIST (rescheduled from April), MERCENARY and PRIMORDIAL...Louder Harder Faster Music Festival is scheduled June 3rd, 4th and 5th. The package includes TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, TROUBLE, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and many others. The show will take place at Allentown, PA....ABORYM has signed a two-album contract with Season of Mist. The band will record its new album during April and May in Rome. The line-up has undergone several changes. ABORYM's new members are Bard G. Eithun a.k.a. Faust (SCUM, ex- EMPEROR) and Prime Evil (MYSTICUM). Faust will play the drums on the forthcoming new album...ASSASSIN third album is entitled The Club and is out now...THE ACCURSED releases its new CD Seasons Of The Scythe on Screaming Ferret Wreckords this month...SATHANAS will be releasing its new MCD FLESH FOR THE DEVIL on Agonia Records. The band will also be playing at the United Metal Maniacs festival in Germany in May...Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian, Johnny Tempesta, Eric Peterson, Louie Clemente and Chuck Billy are part of a TESTAMENT reunion performing shows in Europe and the USA this May...KONKHRA and guitarist Kim Mathieson have parted ways...Former HIRAX members Bob Savage, Gary Monardo and Johnny Tabares have formed a new band called WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION or W.O.M.D....DEW-SCENTED has picked Issue VI for the name of its next album, which is due on June 20th through Nuclear Blast Records...Due to unforeseen health problems drummer Gate will not join Canada's AGGRESSION for the show on May 27th in Montreal. New drummer Jeremy is taking over for the show...ANCIENT is looking for a new label after leaving Metal Blade...ILLDISPOSED and guitarist Lasse Bak have parted ways...ANTHRAX has regrouped in its 1997 line-up for a reunion tour...VADER, who recently lost drummer Doc, has signed to Regain Records...DIET OF WORMS has officially thrown in the towel...Belgium's LENG TCH'E has been snapped up by Relapse Records. The band's Process Of Elimination will be out on June 28th. The band is also touring with Morbid Angel...EXODUS' DVD documentary of the Tempo Of The Damned record release show from March, 2004, entitled Live At The DNA, is now out...MALEVOLENT CREATION's Rob Barrett rejoined CANNIBAL CORPSE for a performance at the Northwest Death Fest in Seattle on April 3rd. He had left the band over seven years ago...DESTRUCTION's Inventor Of Evil is being produced by with Peter Tätgtren, V.O. Pulver and the band's live engineer Franky Winkelmann. The band recently signed with AFM Records...THE LEGION has lost vocalist Anders Fäldt...Guitarist Nick Jackson has left THROCULT. The band has recruited SILENCER's Dan Lynn and is working on a DVD...Former CANCER guitarist Rob Engvikson has changed the name of his band ASATRU to DANELAW...SIGNS OF DARKNESS has signed a deal with Trinity Records out of Hong Kong. The 17th Floor, the band's newest album, is now out...KING DIAMOND, BEHEMOTH, NILE and BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will tour the USA this spring.
BLITZKRIEG will issue Sins And Greed on July 4th through Metal Nation Records. The new album features bass player Paul Brewis...NAZARETH is headlining this year's Speyside Music Festival which is being held in Scotland on May 28th. For more information go to www.speysidemusic.com...Perris Records has a DVD release entitled Hollywood Hairspray - The DVD. It features 11 videos and interviews with, among others, Stephen Pearcy, BROKEN TEETH, BABYLON A.D., NASTY IDOLS, STAMPEDE QUEEN and CRASHDIET...THE OLD DEAD TREE has entered Stage One Studio in Germany to work with producer Andy Classen on a new album...JAMES LABRIE will issue a new solo album, entitled Elements Of Persuasion, through Inside Out Music America this month. Using the monicker MULLMUZZER, LaBrie has actually released two previous solo albums, 1999's Keep It To Yourself and 2001's 2...Cold Records has signed SATARIEL...On the heels of a European tour, Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY will now tour the U.S.A. with SOILWORK. The trek will kick off on April 5th and run through May 7th...The new album of ROB ROCK will be issued through AFM Records. The title of the album will be Holy Hell and the release date is April, 4th. ROB ROCK will be part of the Flying Aces Tour with MASTERPLAN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE and PURE INC...BLIND GUARDIAN has parted ways with drummer Thomen Stauch...DARK MOOR will shoot a video for Beyond The Sea for its new album of the same name. The band has confirmed its participation at Italy's Scaliero Metal Party on May 7th...PRO-PAIN's next album, Prophets Of Doom, will be issued on April 25th through Continental Entertainment in Europe...Sound Riot Records will release an album by Finland's EXCALION next month called Primal Exhale...Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM make their U.S. debut this month with a new album entitled, Years In Waste...BRUCE DICKINSON's new solo album, Tyranny Of Souls, will be out on May 24th and sees him return once again to collaborate with guitarist, producer and writer Roy Z...HEATHEN's third album is scheduled for release soon through Thundering Records. Entitled Recovered¸ the band began the project in 1992¸ but tracks remained archived and unfinished until 2003. The final product will now be available...The End Records has now issued GREEN CARNATION's The Quiet Offspring album...Chris Woods has decided to part ways with THE GREEN EVENING REQUIEM in order to devote more time to writing and producing his own music. Nevertheless, the band's new CD will be out shortly...NIGHTMARE has signed a deal with Regain Records. The band now features guitarist Franck Milleliri who replaces co-founding member, Nicolas De Dominicis. NIGHTMARE will enter Soundsuite Studio on April 11th for the recording of its fifth studio album tentatively entitled, The Dominion Gate which is due in October, 2005...DEBRIS INC is beginning a month-long tour on April 13th which will conclude with the band's second appearance at the annual Emissions Of The Monolith Festival in Youngstown, Ohio, USA. The tour will be in support of the band's self-titled debut which hit stores on April 5th...SAGITTA's singer Ricky Wychovaniec, who was involved in a motorcycle accident on February 27th and was twice hospitalized due to strong aches, dizziness and multiple injuries throughout his body, has fully recovered. The band has finished the recordings for the drums, bass and guitars for its first album, OHM, at the Creative Sound Studio. The album will be released by Hellion Records...THE ETERNITY BLACK demo featuring former HELSTAR members, Larry Barragan, Rob Trevino, and Russell Deleon, has now been completed and is in the process of being duplicated. Song samples can be downloaded at www.eternityblack.com...WET ANIMAL, featuring Rick Wartell guitarist and founder of TROUBLE, has recorded a ten-song CD. The band has also signed a deal with Escapi Corp. and is slated for a May 2005 worldwide release for its debut...Toronto's DAMN 13 is set to kick off a slew of Canadian dates opening for MOTORHEAD and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. DAMN 13’s debut full-length, Black Heart Northern Soul is scheduled for release in late May through Distort/Universal Music Canada...LISTERIA, whose new CD Full Of Fire, is now out on Lion Music has scored the opening slot for DOKKEN's Italian tour this month...MIDNIGHT CIRCUS' Money Shot is out now through Perris Records. The band is in the vein of VINCE NEIL, POISON and DOKKEN...Yngve Hanssen, the bassist for the Norwegian power metal band GAIA EPICUS died in a car crash on the 2nd of March, 2005. The new GAIA EPICUS album was due out on the 23rd of March. In the meanwhile, the band has asked Sound Riot Records to stop the release of Symphony Of Glory and to recall all CDs which have been sent out. The reason for this is that Sound Riot has supposedly changed the song order on the album without asking permission from the band. Furthermore, the song Time And Space mistakenly has the intro for the album in the same track. These should have been two separate tracks. GAIA EPICUS has forbid Sound Riot to sell or release any music of the band and has asked to be allowed to leave the label...IN BLACKEST VELVET latest MCD Insuisight has been recorded. This self-financed mini album, recorded at Riza Studio in Essen Germany, contains six tracks...Former GLENN HUGHES/CRAWLEY bassist Sampo Axelsson has joined Swedish melodic heavy metal band LION'S SHARE...ARAPACIS will be releasing its first CD this month. The band is Josée Leclair on lead vocals, Jerry Fielden on guitars, synths, bass, mandolin and backing vocals, Yves Poupart on drums (Yves is the cousin of HAREM SCAREM's Pete Lesperance) and Neil Hebert on bass. The band also used Miranie Morissette as a special guest on backing vocals. For more information head to www.arapacis.com...Serbia's Rock Express has just sign a deal for the re-release (with a lot of bonus material) of the two metal albums of the band GORDI, namely Pakleni Trio and Kraljica Smrti. A brand new album is also in the works...Season Of Mist has announced the signing of CONFESSOR. The band's debut for the label Unraveled will be out in early autumn, but Season Of Mist will release a limited edition single entitled Sour Times...LEGACY, founded by ex-LIZZY BORDEN and GEORGE LYNCH bassist Marten Andersson, has signed a deal with Valhalla Records. The label will also release LEGACY's debut which was issued through Chavis Records...NIGHTFALL has either cancelled or postponed its Greek tour due to the departure of drummer George Kollias...Former ANNIHILATOR members Randy Rampage and Ray Hartmann, Stu Carruthers (GRIP INC.), guitarist Ash Blue (ex-STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and guitarist and singer Kick (VERTICAL AFTER) have a formed a band called STRESS FACTOR 9...ALLHELLUJA's debut album Inferno Museum will be released world-wide through Scarlet Records in May. ALLHELLUJA is described as a mix of ENTOMBED, KYUSS and MOTORHEAD. The band features Jacob Bredahl from HATESPHERE on vocals...HELSTAR singer James Rivera has joined KILLING MACHINE...METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof has signed with Inside Out Music for his PRESTO BALLET project...Former FRETERNIA members Patrik and Bo and drummer Ronny Milianowicz of DIONYSUS and SINERGY have a new band called CROMONIC...BLACKFOOT drummer Jackson Spires died on March 16th due to a brain aneurysm in Ft. Pierce, Florida...JUDAS PRIEST and QUEENSRYCHE will tour the USA this summer...GOREFEST has again signed with Nuclear Blast Records...Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has announced BEYOND FEAR as the name for his solo project. He will remain in ICED EARTH...FATES WARNING will be releasing an expanded edition of the 1986 album Awaken The Guardian. This double CD and DVD set not only features full, re-mastered versions of the original eight tracks, but also features an entire disc of rare live and demo tracks and a DVD that includes a dozen of the band's videos...To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the Battle At Helm's Deep album, a reunited ATTACKER will perform the album in its entirety at the Headbanger's Ballroom on Sunday, July 10 in Hamburg, Germany...Ex-CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus has co-founded Sixsixsix Records. The label's first two releases are DRACONIAN ORDER's In Absence Of Light and BLOODY MARY's Blood 'N' Roll...Erstwhile DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson is in a new band called HAPPY BIRTHDAY...Former CHARON guitarist Jasse Von Hast has formed a new band called WIHASTAN...A reunited HALLOWS EVE has completed work on its fourth album, Evil Never Dies...PRIMAL FEAR has re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records for six more albums...BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Mafia album has reached the Billboard top 20...Former SACRIFICE singer and guitarist Rob Urbinati is currently playing guitar in a doomy band called WAR AMP...ROUGH SILK has lost drummer Thomas Becker and replaced him with TRIBE 13's Detlef 'Dizzy' Kroll...MANOWAR has signed to SPV Records for the world...PARADISE LOST's self-titled new album has hit the German charts at number 18...Southern California's MANNTIS has signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group’s debut album, Sleep In Your Grave, is set for a June 28th release...Drummer Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen and bassist Mikko Laurila have left THE BLACK LEAGUE...Former ZOETROPE and TROUBLE drummer and singer Barry Stern has died in Chicago ostensibly due to complications from hip replacement surgery...ROBERT PLANT's new album, Mighty Rearranger, is out now.
UNCLE SID - ROCK IN THE UNIVERSE
Vancouver's Uncle Sid is a hard rock band the likes of which one finds less and less these days. The band has an honest and fun sound which incorporates influences that bring names like Guns 'N Roses, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Rainbow, Krokus, Rush (the intros) and Dokken to mind. The music is often slow and no-frills, but that is compensated by the musicians' warm approach to hard rock. The singer is the band's main asset with his adventurous and convincing singing, yelling, musing and screaming. The band's allegiance to good music is admirable, but shouldn't there be more hard songs and less slow tracks on Rock In The Universe? Uncle Sid appears to consciously avoid being over the top. That should not stop you from looking into this band though. Check the out at www.unclesid.com. - Ali "The Metallian"
MOONLIGHT COMEDY - THE LIFE INSIDE
Moonlight Comedy is not easy listening not because it is the world's most extreme band, but because of the constant bobs of progressive rock, speedy guitar licks, keyboard-oriented rock frolicking and hard rocking maneuvers. The band's frontman, Emiliano Germani, has a capable high pitch that is backed by several layers and a second voice sharply similar to that of Savatage's Jon Oliva. The music - and the professional packaging - smacks of a high budget and above average quantity with its nine songs and over 53 minutes of length. This is a big affair and fans of underground progressive music and everything from Yngwie Malmsteen to Dream Theater will appreciate this. The band can be contacted through its publicity company www.kickagency.com or by e-mailing email@example.com. - Ali "The Metallian"
TIME KILLS EVERYTHING - same
Time Kills Everything is a new Canadian techno-grindcore band that notwithstanding that features members from more experienced bands like Fuck The Facts and He Broke. The experience shows, for the songs are both technical and brutally heavy. The samples and drum machines do distract, but the strength of the riffs and the heavy sound, as well as the very depraved vocals reminiscent of The Accused make for a compelling listen for fans of technical grind. Visit www.capitalkill.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
PANDEMONIC - THE ART OF HUNTING
Trust the Swedes to do Pantera better than Pantera itself! Not that Pantera was a glorious band or that Pandemonic is a clone act, but some of the riffs and the voice of Micke Ullenius more than hints at the American thrash stars. Having said that, there is a lot of good metal on this four-song demo. Add some Iced Earth rhythm guitar, early Testament flair and a couple of good solos to Pantera and one gets Pandemonic - cool monicker by the way. The solo on Ravenous, for instance, has vintage metal written all over it. If you are into Pantera, or even if you are not, head over to www.pandemonic.com for more information or e-mail email@example.com. - Ali "The Metallian"
ABSENTIA LUNAE - MARCHING UPON FORGOTTEN ASHES
Absentia Lunae hails from Italy and was born in 2002. The band's CD is a lavish affair with professional printing and artwork which contains nine tracks and 45 minutes of music. All that is good, but when one gets to the band's biography things begin to get perplexing. "The Absentia Lunae's concept is the neverending evolution notwithstanding the indissoluble tie with the most mature form of occult magic," and "The 9 hymns are speaking about the grey perception of these irreversible spells of decadence, created by the masses to trap the masses with the abyss at the horizon." You don't say?
Skipping the fiddlesticks then the band's music is a mix between harsh and raw metal a la Gorgoroth and early Ulver and the later meanderings of Burzum and the ilk. The band's music is simple and the drumming questionable, but one suspects that Absentia Lunae is more concerned with the creation of atmosphere rather than delivering tight or structured songs. Acoustic passages and spoken parts mar the landscape, but the bulk of the material is of a savage and screamed nature. Write the band at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
GRIDLOKT - WRISTS UNDER RAZORS
If Pantera with Korn like overtones is your mug of ale’ well this band is just that. An assortment of drum rhythms patterned with furious guitar riffs make Gridlokt a sought after band with diverse energy which most bands to date lack. Heavy ferocious music raising the standards of metal music is what one can expect with the Gridlokt’s latest full-length CD entitled Wrists Under Razors. A melodic tone with harsh singing vocalist Shmegs blends the combination of both to newer extremes complimenting the rest of the brutal onslaught of Gridlokt. Song highlights of powerful tunes that this band bestows to the listener is first track B.C. shredding intensity of musical prowess that is utilized throughout the rest of the song listing of this album. Track six shows the group’s metal melodic twist that Gridlokt is more than well capable of constructing sound wise with this song. Overall this CD has some striking recording production enhancing already an established band but giving the listener an album worth to mosh to. Downside would have to be the endless band conversion on the ending track of A.D. about three minutes after the ending of the song the band is heard bitching and complaining about senseless topics. Please! Other than that a job well done Gridlokt. To know more about Gridlokt visit the band site www.gridlokt.net - Jussi
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