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Heathen - new album delayed

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have encountered unforeseen problems in the manufacturing of their new CD, "Recovered", and have been forced to delay its release until mid-April.

Commented the band: "We are currently experiencing difficulties with our manufacturer in getting the new CD out. Unfortunately this will set production back by two weeks. We do apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. We do appreciate your patience and we'll do our best to make sure you get your CDs as soon as possible."

"Recovered" features covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, as well as an original track, "In Memory of…", written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and lead vocalist David White's brother Jeffrey, whose untimely losses occurred in 1991.

HEATHEN will appear on Billy Steel's "Metal Zone" show on San Francisco radio station 107.7 The Bone on Friday, April 2. The show will air between 9:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. PST. For those of you not in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can still listen in with The Bone's streaming media player at this location.

HEATHEN will be headlining the "Thunder In the North" mini-festival, scheduled to take place Saturday, July 31 at Imusicast (5429 Telegraph Avenue) in Oakland, California. The show, which will feature "six of the best metal bands in Northern California," will include appearances by OSMIUM, IMAGIKA, KURU, DISHARMONY and MUMMIFICATION.

Band profile: Heathen
Posted: 30.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Tuska 2004. Roster nearly complete !!!

Tuska-Festival which takes place in Helsinki, Finland during July 16-18th
2004 has confirmed more artists, nearly completing the line-up for this
year's festival.

Fear Factory from Los Angeles, California will be appearing on the
mainstage on Sunday the 18th of July. Fear Factory has been a pioneer in
combining modern metal with industrial beats and synthesizers and their
seventh full length album, entitled Archetype, will be released in April.

On Saturday the 17th of July, another California act, legendary Bay Area-
thrashers Death Angel take the stage. Their debut album, The Ultra
Violence was released in 1987 and their latest effort, The Art Of Dying
will be released this spring.

Old School death metal will be represented at Tuska 2004 by Dismember
from neighbouring Sweden. This Stockholm outfit have just released their
new album entitled Where Ironcrosses Grow.

The Tuska 2004 Festival gets the most intense start possible in the form
the swedish grindcore act Nasum. The band has just recently added second
guitar player to the line-up and their Tuska-show will be the band's
first time in Finland as a four-piece.

For domestic additions, industrial-flavoured Drive has been added to the
roster, as well as folk metal group Turisas who were just recently signed
to Century Media Records. Also, the spacey stoner rock band Blake will be
appearing at this year's festival.

In addition to these confirmed artists, we are still seeking several acts.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2004 start earlier than previous years. Tickets
will go on sale on the 5th of April through www.tiketti.fi,
www.lippupalvelu.fi and www.menolippu.fi. One day ticket costs 30€ and
three day ticket 65€, respectively.

Tuska 2004 roster looks currently like this:

DIO (USA)
In Flames (SWE)
Nightwish
Fear Factory (USA)
Death Angel (USA)
Kotiteollisuus
Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus
Suburban Tribe
Sonata Arctica
Dismember (SWE)
Soilwork (SWE)
Diablo
Dark Tranquillity (SWE)
Charon
Mokoma
Dew-Scented (GER)
Impaled Nazarene
Nasum (SWE)
Sinergy
Beseech (SWE)
Blake
Chaosbreed
Swallow The Sun
Trollheim's Grott
Machine Men
Kilpi
Twilightning
Turisas

Additional information: www.tuska-festival.fi
Posted: 29.03.2004 by Destroyer_666 | Comments (0)


News Of The French Band ALKEMYST

New version of ALKEMYST official website !!!

WWW.ALKEMYST.NET

This is the third version of this site since 2000. We hope that you appreciate it. Take a look to our Galleries and let a message in our Guestbook.

On the other hand, the band will open for LOUDBLAST at Le Brise-Glace in Annecy (74) on April, 2. Everyone welcome!

Reservations on www.fnac.com

Band profile: Alkemyst
Posted: 29.03.2004 by Destroyer_666 | Comments (0)


Testament - a new live bootleg availlable

A second live bootleg video is currently available in the Merch section of TESTAMENT's website (at this location: http://www.testamentlegions.com/index2.htm

The tape features the original Testament lineup (vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarist Alex Skolnick, guitarist Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Louie Clemente) live at the Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica, CA on December 16, 1989. It includes after show backstage footage as well.

Band profile: Testament
Posted: 29.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Magellan: a new album is coming...

Trent Gardner has finished the writing process of a new Magellan Album.

Check the website in the next days for further details about the follow-up of "Impossible Figures", released on last november by Inside Out.

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Posted: 29.03.2004 by Destroyer_666 | Comments (0)


Ensiferum - new Mp3 downloadable

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have uploaded several audio samples from their upcoming album, "Iron", due on April 19 through Spinefarm Records. Preview the tracks "Iron", "Tale of Revenge" and "LAI LAI HEI" at this location: http://www.ensiferum.com/e_html/e_downloads.htm

The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum", "Iron" was recorded last summer at Sweet Silence studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, ARTILLERY).

ENSIFERUM will be embarking on a European tour with FINNTROLL beginning on April 14 in London, England.

Band profile: Ensiferum
Posted: 27.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Iced Earth - Gettysbourg DVD is on its way

JAG PANZER guitarist Mark Briody has issued an update on ICED EARTH's much-anticipated "Gettysburg" DVD, which he is currently producing for his recently formed video production company. According to Briody, "the DVD is still in production so don't look for it in the stores just yet. It's coming out very cool. Jon 's got some excellent ideas and I'm working hard to make them happen. I can't give out anymore information, that's something for Jon or SPV to do. But I just thought I'd say that the DVD is coming out excellent. I probably have another 4 to 6 weeks of production time left. There are issues beyond just making a killer DVD. Things like historical accuracy. I can't have a still from Sharpsburg in there, this is Gettysburg. The flags, maps and everything need to be historically accurate. At the same time it needs to be very entertaining for the average metal fan. To get an idea of the work involved, I have 2 terabytes of data (yes, 10 200-gig drives) in use for this project."

ICED EARTH will kick off a U.S. tour with CHILDREN OF BODOM and EVERGREY on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 27.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Ancient Ceremony vs the Catholic Church

The Catholic church's lawsuit against ANCIENT CEREMONY founder/vocalist Chris Anderle over a series of "blasphemous" photos posted on the German black metal band's web site has been given a new court date: May 26 at Landgericht Trier. Lawyers for both parties are currently working towards a possible out-of-court settlement.

The band are said to be "rather pissed off with this soap opera", and are concentrating on finishing up their new mini CD, "P.uritan's B.lasphemy C.all (Ruf-Mord)" . The highly controversial album, which is being observed by the German censorship authorities even before its release, is tentatively scheduled for release in June on Irond Records. A full-scale European tour will follow.
Posted: 27.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Tenebre - split with vocalist

TENEBRE have issued the following band update regarding vocalist Victor Fradera via their official website (www.tenebre.com):

"As of today (March 24th), Victor sings no more in Tenebre. After becoming a born-again Christian, Victor has decided not to spread the gospel of Darkness but instead sing in a church choir.

Besides this tragedy, it is also reported that he's a HIF (a shitty soccer team) supporter. Shame..."
Posted: 27.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Enthroned - searching for a drummer

ENTHRONED are currently searching for a new permanent drummer. Those who wish to try out for the position can send tapes or messages to: Enthroned - rue Maroquette 24 - 5650 Fraire - Belgium. Send email to: ibex@skynet.be

Enthroned will record their next album, XES Haereticum, in April and May at Spiderhouse Studios with producer Harris Johns. The new album is the follow-up to Carnage In Worlds Beyond.
Posted: 27.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Genius - release date and tracklist of Chapter II

Daniele Liverani (EMPTY TREMOR) and Frontiers Records have announced the cast lineup for the second chapter of the GENIUS Rock Opera entitled In Search Of The Little Prince.

Together with Daniele (who will as always perform all guitars, keyboards and bass on the album) and drummer Dario Ciccioni, the singers will be as follows: Mark Boals (RING OF FIRE) as Genius, Daniel Gildenlow (PAIN OF SALVATION) as Twinspirit32, Eric Martin (ex-MR. BIG) as Mr. Niko, Russel Allen (SYMPHONY X) as Dream League Commander, Johnny Gioeli (HARDLINE, AXEL RUDI PELL) as Sultan Oddyfer, Rob Tyrant (LABYRINTH) as Oddyfer Guard, Jeff Martin (RACER X) as Seventree, Edu Falaschi (ANGRA) as Jason and Liv Kristine (ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) as Klepsydra.

Also appearing are: Philip Bynoe (Ring of Fire) as Storyteller and Oliver Hartmann (Empty Tremor, ex-AT VANCE) - choirs.

The album tracklisting features: 'He Will Die', 'Playing In Their Dreams', 'You Won't Escape', 'Valley', 'Beware', 'My Dear Son', 'What He Has To Say', 'All My Fault', 'To Be Free', 'Fight Again' and 'Far Away From Here'.

The release date for Europe and Canada is slated for May 24th. The album is also set to be released by King Records in Japan, Hellion Records in Brazil, Rock Empire in Taiwan and Cd-Maximum in Russia.
Posted: 27.03.2004 by Sephiroth | Comments (0)


Windir Farewell concert

Norwegian black metallers WINDIR have announced plans to perform on final concert as a tribute to late frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken, who tragically passed away in January. The concert, dubbed "Heidra Valfar", will take place on Friday, September 3 at the Rockefeller Arena in Oslo, Norway.

"The 3rd of September would have been Valfar's 26th birthday, and we would like to honour his memory by doing one last show," the band said in a statement. "Sture will be doing most of the WINDIR vocals. We are also glad to announce that 3 bands will be joining us this night. ENSLAVED, FINNTROLL and MINDGRINDER will be doing shows in honour of Valfar. The 3rd of September will also be the release date of the last WINDIR album, out on Tabu Recordings."

Tickets for the "Heidra Valfar" concert can be purchased at www.billettservice.no beginning on Saturday, March 27.

As previously reported, WINDIR's forthcoming CD will be a two-disc set. The first CD will include new material, unreleased material, tribute songs from other bands and live tracks, while the second CD will be a compilation of the music made by Valfar. It will include tracks from the first demo, "Sognariket", to the last album, "Likferd". All proceeds from this CD will go directly to Valfar's family.
Posted: 27.03.2004 by undercraft | Comments (0)


Therion touring news

Sweden's Symphonic Metal experts THERION are busy planning their next world tour. So far, only some dates at European summer festivals and in South America are confirmed yet, but the band will definitely figure out more possibilities to play live, especially in Europe and the USA/Canada.

THERION also have announced a talented new drummer, Petter (MASTER MASSIVE), who'll join the band on touring.

The band's new masterpiece, the double album "Sirius B / Lemuria", will be released on May 24th.

Band profile: Therion
Posted: 26.03.2004 by Dream_Taster | Comments (0)


Edguy in the charts with Hellfire Club

With "Hellfire Club", EDGUY already now have their most successful album ready to go! The single "King Of Fools" has been staying in the German single charts for already six weeks and got presented two times in the McDonalds Chart show on Pro7. On Monday, March 15th, EDGUY's new album "Hellfire Club" got in stores and hit the german charts on #26. Also the album reaches the following positions.

Here they are:

#22 Finland
#6 Sweden
#69 Austria
#81 Switzerland
#54 France
#35 Hungary

Band profile: Edguy
Posted: 26.03.2004 by Dream_Taster | Comments (0)


Heathen finally back

The Bay Area thrashers Heathen are back with a new album that includes covers of Queen, Thin Lizzy and others, songs from Opiate of the masses demo, and a new song called "In Memory of..." that is dedicated to a former band member and his girlfriend as well as David White's brother.

The release is scheduled for march 31, 2004. The album will be called "RECOVERED", the track list is as follow:

01. Death On Two Legs
02. Holy War
03. In Memory Of...
04. Hellbound
05. Eye Of The Storm
06. Hypnotized
07. Opiate Of The Masses
08. Timeless Cell
09. Mercy Is No Virtue

Also the band is working in new material for what will be their next album in the near future. A DVD is ready to go out, that includes a new video, pictures, interviews and more.

For more info go to www.heatheninc.com

Band profile: Heathen
Posted: 26.03.2004 by Metalforthespirit | Comments (0)