Lifeforce Records America’s newest signing WITHERED (hailing from Atlanta, Georgia) is set to release its debut full-length record entitled Memento Mori, which comes out on September 20th. The band is described as early ENTOMBED meets DISSECTION...BRICK BATH's new CD, entitled American Currency, will be available in stores this month. The band is touring the USA using the Just Add Alcohol Tour monicker...BANE OF EXISTENCE has recruited vocalist Dusty Lyon and guitarist Chris Farmerie. Both Dusty and Chris are formerly of Massachusetts death metal bands ACEPHALUS and DESPOILMENT...Derek Hoffman, formerly of GORGASM, has a new band called WORMS INSIDE YOU which has an independent CD called Existence Is Futile...Canadian thrashers THINE EYES BLEED and California's IMPALED dropped off the recent MORTICIAN tour that was scheduled to kick off August 12th, 2005 due to scheduling conflicts. The former act is a part of the International Extreme Music Festival tour taking place this autumn in North America...Red Stream has announced several new releases. They are HEADMEAT's Mass Sociogenic Illness CD, HALLOWMAS' The Road To Hallow's Eve mini-CD and URGRUND's Unchangeable Fate CD...Watch for a VADER, DECAPITATED and DEW-SCENTED North American Tour this coming November...Former VADER drummer Kyzysztof ‘Doc’ Raczkowski has passed away at the age of 35. He was reportedly battling alcoholism...Century Media Records has announced the worldwide signing of Belgian death/grinders, ABORTED. The label had licensed the band's latest album, The Archaic Abattoir, which sold well and prompted the label to sign the band. SUFFOCATION, ABORTED, CRYPTOPSY and DESPISED ICON are touring North America this autumn...Century Media will issue CRYPTOPSY's Once Was Not, and OLD MAN'S CHILD's Vermin albums on October 18th in North America...DARK FUNERAL's new album, Attero Totus Sanctus, is out in Europe through Regain Records on October 24th...Estonian metal acts MANATARK and LOITS are going to tour Europe in November. LOITS has a new guitarist. His name is Markus Karmo...Ledo Takas Records has issued OBTEST'd Is’ Kartos I’ Karta’ album...Guitarist JT Turner has left WINTER SOLSITICE in order to pursue a career outside music. Jeff Cohn of Jacksonville, Florida's IF THE ACCIDENT WILL has replaced Turner. A permanent guitarist is being sought and candidates can e-mail WSGuitaristSearch@yahoo.com for information....Marko Tervonen, formerly of THE CROWN, has launched a recording studio called Studio MT. The first project in the studio will be the debut album of Marko’s newest band, ANGEL BLAKE...DETONATION's Portals To Uphobia is being released by Osmose Productions this month after much delay. The band is touring Europe this autumn, using the Portals To Europe monicker, alongside DECAPITATED...HEROD will enter Watchmen Studios next month with producer Doug White (PSYOPUS, etc.) to record a new album entitled Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight. The effort will be available through Lifeforce Records in January, 2006...TRIVIUM's will follow-up its headlining UK Tour with ALL THAT REMAINS with 13 shows in support of ARCH ENEMY in mainland Europe in October. DARK TRANQUILITY unexpectedly pulled out of the tour recently...GOD FORBID, MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED and MNEMIC will tour North America in October under the Fury Of The Fall monicker. GOD FORBID's IV: Constitution Of Treason is out now...Deadsun Records has issued REVERENCE's Industrial Mental Concept, BESTIAL DEVASTATION's Splatter Mania and DEMIURGE's Unholy... albums...BLOODSTONE DARKNIGHT, featuring ex-MORTAL SIN, ADDICTIVE and SLAUGHTERLORD guitarist Joe Buttigieg , has changed its name to MY THERAPY. Check out www.mytherapylive.com...DESTRUCTION's Inventor Of Evil has entered the German charts at position No. 68. The CD will receive a North American release on October 25th through Candlelight Records...CANDLEMASS and former label-mates DESTRUCTION have announced a European tour for November...I.C.E. (IMPERIAL CRYSTALLINE ENTOMBMENT) has left Crash Music...BEHEMOTH will embark on a headlining tour of Canada in November. The band will also be selling a tour EP called Slaves Shall Serve...PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT will be supporting DEICIDE live in Europe for its third album, Left In Grisly Fashion, available now on Neurotic Records...DERANGED has picked Obscenities In B Flat as the title for its upcoming CD, tentatively due next spring through Listenable Records...MAYHEM has picked Ordo Ab Chao as the title for its new album, tentatively due in late 2005/early 2006 through Season of Mist...The new line-up of EXODUS, featuring Gary Holt, drummer Paul Bostaph, new singer Rob Dukes, bassist Jack Gibson and new guitarist Lee Altus (HEATHEN, ex-DIE KRUPPS, ANGEL WITCH) will issue Shovel Headed Kill Machine on October 4th through Nuclear Blast Records...DISMEMBER has once again lost a bassist. Johan Bergebäck had to leave the band due to a lack of time and the band, which is in the studio now, is looking for new candidates via the e-mail address email@example.com...CALLENISH CIRCLE has completed its fifth album, [Pitch.Black.Effects]. The disc will be issued on November 14th through Metal Blade Records...Guitarist Allen West of OBITUARY recently left the band for one day. He subsequently rejoined the group the day after just in time for a U.S. tour with NAPALM DEATH. West has been asked to refrain from excessive drinking on the road by the rest of the band...ANTHRAX's Alive 2 (2005) CD and DVD, featuring behind the scenes footage and a rockumentary, were released on September 20th through Sanctuary Records...SODOM's Lords Of Depravity - Part I is the title of the first of two new DVDs out soon. The first set will be out on September 19th through SPV...HATESPHERE’s new album, The Sickness Within, is out this month. The band is working on a DVD...INFAMY has again lost its bass player. Hans Faber of UNSANCTIFIED infamy is no longer with the band...PARAGON and drummer Marcus "Big M" Corby have gone separate ways following Corby's problems with his left arm. Christian Gripp of TORMENT is filling in with PARAGON...Displeased Records' new releases are MANEGARM's Vredens Tid, the fourth full-length of the band, INFINITED HATE's Heaven Termination and INCRIMINATED's Promise Of Worse To Come...Upcoming albums on Autopsy Kitchen Records are OCTAGON's The Hate Chamber Continuum and SUPERCHRIST's Back And Black albums...Frediablo, the singer for GRIMFIST, has quit NECROPHAGIA, GORELORD, CHAMBER OF STRENGTH, WURDULAK and other bands he is involved in and will concentrate on his main act henceforth...The Spew Records has issued Deviant's Larvaeon album and signed ULCERATE and CADAVERIC CREMATORIUM...Merciless Records is issuing ORDER FROM CHAOS' Imperium: The Apocalyptic Vision CD which is part 1 of a 2 part compilation of the American band's demo and rare material.
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has shot a video in support of its latest album Dreams Of Death in Phoenix, Arizona on August 14th. The video is for the song Straight To Hell. The video can now be viewed online at www.crashmusicinc.com...Perris Records has signed VAIN for the release of its new album, entitled On The Line, for the USA only...AGE OF SILENCE is back with the follow-up to its debut album Acceleration. The band's MCD is entitled Complications ¬ Trilogy Of Intricacy which will be issued by The End Records in October...FARO, fronted by vocalist Chity Somapala (FIREWIND, MOONLIGHT AGONY and AVALON), has begun recording its second album which will be released by MTM MUSIC in November this year. Chity is joined by an all new line-up comprised of players from some of Germany's best melodic metal bands, including guitarist Barish Kepic (JADED HEART), bassist Michael Mueller (JADED HEART, ex-THE SYGNET) and drummer Dominik Huelshorst (BONFIRE)...SUBSONIC's No Such Soul album has been released independently. Former PRONG drummer Dan Laudo will be joining Ron Marks as a touring drummer...Former GUNS N' ROSES members Steven Adler and Tracii Guns are playing shows in Asia as GUNS N' ROSES REVISITED. In addition to Steven and Tracii, the band features Sheldon Mandrake of LOVE PLANET (Lead Vocals), Keri Kelli of ADLER's APPETITE (Rhythm Guitar) and Robbie Crane on bass. Sheldon is also recording the debut album for his solo project LOVE PLANET later in the year after recently signing with Reality Entertainment. The band also features Steven Adler...SIEGES EVEN has signed a deal with InsideOut Music which will release the new album, The Art Of Navigating By The Stars, this month...Arjen Lucassen's new band STREAM OF PASSION will have its debut album, Embrace The Storm, issued through InsideOut on October 24th...FAT NANCY, featuring former vocalist of CIRCUS OF POWER Alex Mitchell, has inked a deal with Perris Records which will release the record Pure American Muscle, Baby on September 6th...Dan Swanö has almost completed the recording of the new SECOND SKY project. The album will be released through The End Records. The Swedish musician/producer has also reopened his well known Unisound Recordings studio where he will begin working on mixing albums beginning next month...KROKUS will support the US release of its Rock The Block album with a US tour this month and next. The Swiss act, comprised of Marc Storace ¬ vocals, Mandy Meyer and Dominique Favez ¬ guitar, Tony Castell ¬ bass and Patrick Aeby on drums, intend to return to America in early 2006...For the first time in its existence Sweden's THERION will tour Canada and the USA in August, September and October of this year. For tour dates go to www.megatherion.com...KING'S X has just released a new video for the song Alone off of the upcoming release Ogre Tones which is due out on September 27th through Inside Out Music. Here is the link: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/video/KingsX_Alone_w_girls_MPEG-1.mpg...Long Island's NEGATIVE REACTION has signed with This Dark Reign. The new album is entitled Under the Ancient Penalty and due out in early 2006...Wisconsin's THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE has recruited Frank Grullon on lead guitar. The band is now a quintet. The band is recording a disc called Way Of The Blade...Metal Blade Records has signed pop metal band CELLADOR. In May, CELLADOR came out with the demo Leaving All Behind, which THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER guys passed on to Metal Blade’s Brain Slagel, after the band opened for them in Omaha. CELLADOR is also auditioning a guitarist and a keyboardist...Due to undisclosed medical reasons, GREAT WHITE has been forced to cancel the last 20 dates of its US tour. They will also not perform on the VH1 Metal Mania Stripped tour. The band looks forward to coming back and making up the canceled shows in 2006...VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour lost his battle with colon cancer on Friday, August 26th at 23:45. The band was in the midst of tracking for a new album when Piggy was unexpectedly taken ill following surgery which was scheduled for other medical reason. The album will be completed and released. VOIVOD will also be issuing a DVD in October covering the band's 1983-1991 era. It is entitled DVOD-1Los Angeles-based act REDEMPTION (featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder) have been added as co-headliner of the inaugural DAY OF THE EQUINOX in Toronto, Canada on October 14th, 2005. Also on the bill are GREEN CARNATION, AGALLOCH (USA), DECEASED (USA), NOVEMBERS DOOM (USA), UNEXPECT (Canada) and WOOD OF YPRES (Canada) ARAPACIS’ new vocalist and keyboardist is Elaine Huot…RUNEMAGICK’s new album is called Invocation Of Magick and due in November…CATHEDRAL will issue a new album, The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, on September 26th through Nuclear Blast Records…LOUDNESS will issue a compilation CD, The Best Of Reunion 2001 - 2005, on September 21st. The 14-song disc will include one new track, Jack…HELLOWEEN’s new album Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy is due on October 31st through Steamhammer…Daniel Heiman has left CRYSTAL EYES. Daniel's is concentrating on his own band HEED…Singer Brian O'Connor has left San Francisco Bay Area’s VICIOUS RUMORS. In the meanwhile, bassist Dave Starr and drummer Larry Howe have rejoined the band...During The August 20th OzzFest show near San Bernardino, California IRON MAIDEN was pelted with eggs as an orchestrated move by organizer Sharon Osbourne as retaliation for perceived slights by MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson aimed at OzzFest and its organizers. The festival organizers were also responsible for disrupting IRON MAIDEN’s show by cutting off sound and inserting chants of ‘Ozzy’ in the midst of the set. The night was IRON MAIDEN’s last night at the festival...Former MEGADETH and current F5 bassist Dave Ellefson recently joined SOULFLY for two shows as replacement for bassist Bobby Burns who could not make his band's shows...Vocalist Niklas Isfeldt and bassist Peter Stålfors have left DREAM EVIL. Earlier guitarist Gus G. had left the band in order to concentrate on his own bands, including FIREWIND. The band's new members are new members Jake E Berg and Tommy Larsson on bass...DEF LEPPARD's Vivian Campbell has a solo album, Two Sides Of If...Former ICED EARTH singer Matt Barlow has joined the FIRST STATE FORCE BAND of the Delaware police department...SPV Records has signed BEYOND FEAR, the band of ICED EARTH vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens. The band is recording an album with producer Jim Morris...HEARSE has signed a deal with Cold Records. The group recently issued a new album, The Last Ordeal, through Karmageddon Media...GAMMA RAY is set to release its latest album, Majestic, on October 11th through Sanctuary Records...IRON MAIDEN's Death On The Road is now out...SENTENCED's final show is scheduled for October 1st, at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The set will be filmed and released in early 2006 as a live DVD possibly titled Buried Alive...Greece's KINETIC has the following announcement: "After serious thoughts and conversations about KINETIC's future, we decided to break our contract with our label, Sleaszyrider recs. The cooperation stopped in a friendly way from both sides and now we are on the way to search for a bigger and better label."...WALTARI will release a new album, Blood Sample, on September 21st in a two-disc format.
WARREN APPLEBY - MONSTERS AMONG US
The prolific Warren Appleby is back with his fourth instrumental disc which shows how he is gaining in confidence the more discs he releases. The album is his hardest and most organic sounding. The samples intro is maddening and is apparently from the film, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. The first track proper is the title track which has a heavy groove with a pronounced cymbal sound. It is soon clear that the new demo has both more and more intricate guitars. This is one of the two most impressive tunes on this 8-track/20-minute demo. Retro Rocket is almost complete just begging for vocals. The good riffing and rocking guitars with interesting twists really comes together on this track. This could have been on an Avenger LP from the NWOBHM days. Strange Daze is a strange number with some acoustic work. I don't drink rum, but if I did I would take this with me to Coba Cabana. Goblins reminds me of When The Levee Breaks for whatever reason. The tune smacks of that era perhaps even though it is fairly straightforward. The demo ends with Quicksilver which is similar to the title track in that its melodies could have even come from iron Maiden. The guitar jabs and the melodies underneath would have been fabulous with a sterling production and some blazing vocals.
Warren is a busy man as www.warrenappleby.com demonstrates. It is worth a visit to check his collection of songs and admire the sense of adventure. - Ali "The Metallian"
THE GREEN EVENING REQUIEM - same
The guys from The Green Evening Requiem (or their chief promoter Evan) are some of the most professional and courteous musicians on the independent music scene. Perhaps not coincidentally these traits are reflected in the band's music. The band's music is not my personal favourite style of 'metal', but the band's consistent effort, both publicity-wise and musically, has to earn them converts. The band's multi-tiered, layered and complex music speaks for itself of course, but one naturally roots for affable people. The Pennsylvania-based band would probably cite Pink Floyd, Opeth or Dan Swanö's more offbeat work as influences even though the myriad of soundscapes along the 60-minute disc - featuring new and older songs - are more diverse than the description conveys. The demo features music that can come across as alternative, garage rock, heavy metal, pensive, melodic or aggressive. That can be construed as criticism where metal fans are concerned (see my earlier comments regarding my personal feeling); still there is certainly enough here to warrant an inclusion on Metallian of course. Moreover, the amount of enigmatic ability is noteworthy in an independent band.
There can be no doubt that The Green Evening Requiem will be signed. That is a foregone conclusion. For my tastes, a better sound, less prosaic singing and a more metal attitude are in order. More importantly, The Green Evening Requiem should keep doing what it is doing for it is certainly unto something different and special. www.greenevening.com is where one can find more information. - Ali "The Metallian"
DEATH MECHANISM - NECROTECHNOLOGY
Boy, get past the strictly amateurish cover art and the messy colours and you will find a four song demo packed to the rafters with great thrash metal like Sodom would deliver in the '80s on albums like Persecution Mania and Agent Orange. Those were the days of heralded and unbridled wicked thrash and Italy's Death Mechanism goes about its business with a straightforward conviction that begs to be blasted out loudly. The band also incorporates a little Slayer and Kreator into its list of influences. The trio has even obliged the listener with rippingly fast solos. What else do you need? For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org or the band at email@example.com. - Ali "The Metallian"
EXTINCTION AGENDA - same
Extinction Agenda is the latest band of former December Wolves' man Voltanix. The band is clearly inspired by the early days of death and thrash metal. Those were the days when the innovative sounds of Razor, Sacrifice, Slayer and Dark Angel ruled the scene. The band is just a duo at the moment, but that apparently has not deterred the sound. The three songs on disc are full of hatred and venom, spewing vicious evil with a sense of vintage sincerity. The lyrics are enigmatic and hardly the stuff of trendy musings. Contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit exagenda.cjb.net for information. - Ali "The Metallian"
BACKWASH - FEEL ROCK
A Swiss quintet formed in 1999 promoting their 2003 five song EP in 2005 and all that when they have newer releases advertised in their biography!? The five songs can be best described as rock with attitude, or kick ass rock ‘n’ roll as they would like it to be known. Backwash is a mix of AC/DC and American rock, with a sound not too far away from Poison, Thin Lizzy and The Counting Crows. Titles like Highroller, Kill Thrill and One More Dollar are decent indicators but this is not exactly metal. Still, give it a hard rocking shot at www.backwash.ch or email email@example.com. - Anna Tergel
EXSECRATOR - VEHEMENCE OF HUMAN DISPLEASURE
Exsecrator is either a Spanish or an Italian band and Vehemence Of Human Displeasure is the band's third demo. The band's biography emphasizes the band's influences as mainly from Floridian death metal, as well as Cryptopsy and Nile. In reality, the quintet of Gian, Mayler, Fausto, Nicolo and Ale come across as Incantation circa Onward To Golgotha - complete with the muddy sound and deep growling. The band's dedicated underground approach to death metal is appreciated of course, but a clearer sound and a better drummer are also in order. This being the band's third release it is time for the band to get past the weak sound. As things stand, Vehemence is only for the strict die-hard into mid-paced underground brutality. The band can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org. - Ali "The Metallian"
MALADAPTIVE - same
Maladaptive is formed by ex-members of Heavenly, the trio seem to go to great lengths to insist that they formed this new group to get away from the ‘Euro speed metal’ of the former and back to their original love of traditional thrash and heavy metal. The opening self-titled song of this four track demo CD does immediately bring to mind the mid ‘80s thrash sound and comes complete with chorus and somewhat high pitched vocals, however as the song progresses the vocals get more growl-like and there is even an hint of background synthesizers. Burn The Witches follows and is decidedly more dated and sounds more what one might expect to hear from TT Quick or some older power metal release. Monster is much the same and easily fits a 1985 power metal release. Traitor tries to incorporate a few modern riffs but is basically a heavy metal song that while solid is not very original. Fans of Heavenly should be curious, others might check out a heavier metal. email@example.com - Anna Tergel
INFERNAL ANGELS - DOMINUS SILENTII
Infernal Angels is a black metal band from Italy whose new demo features four songs, one of which is an Immortal cover. The band's influences, screeched vocals and subject matter belie the act's use of melody in all its compositions. The band has fast parts and is obviously extreme - imagine a more melodic Dissection - but is more about creating moods and fantasies within a melodic mid-paced environment than blazing at 666kph. The mature songwriting and imagery make Infernal Angels an obvious candidate for a recording contract. For my personal purposes though the trio should banish the use of keyboards and refrain from recording other band's material - especially at the demo stage where its makes no sense whatsoever. Contact the band via firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.infernalangels.org for more information. - Ali "The Metallian"
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