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  • (06.10) The Nuclear Blast Online Shop is taking orders for the lush festival-box edition box of Fear Factory's "Mechanize" featuring the limited edition of "Mechanize", including three bonus tracks, a cassette tape with all songs from the 1991 demo, a bandana, four buttons and a belt with the Fear Factory buckle.
    (06.09) Malevolent Creation have been rejoined by original bassist Jason Blachowicz. Blachowicz initially left on good terms to further his tattoo career, but has decided it was time to return to the band.
  • (06.09) Go here to listen to the new song 'End Of Me' from Apocalyptica.
  • (06.09) The Rotted entered the studio in May with producer James Dunkley to begin recording "Anarchogram", a self-released EP consisting of two new tracks and four covers. The covers are as follows: 'Iron Fist' by Motorhead, 'Propaganda' by Sepultura, 'Deathcrush' by Mayhem and 'Out Of Hand' by Entombed. Go here for the cover artwork. The band willl record a new full length album in Jan 2011.
  • (06.08) Deftones Bassist Chi has shown some progress in the past few weeks (as you all know I'm sure, he's been in a semi-conscious state for the past few years following a car accident). Visit here for the update.
  • (06.06) Amagortis' new album "Intrinsic Indecency" will be out July 30th. Go here to see the cover artwork.
  • (06.06) Visit the Spawn Of Possession myspace page to listen to a new pre-pro track, 'Låt 02 demo' from the band's new album. They have completed writing 8 songs, and have 4 to go. The songs are apparently more epic than the band's previous material.
  • (06.05) "A New Era Of Corruption", the third album from Whitechapel, is available for streaming in its entirety at
  • (06.05) Apocalyptica will release their seventh studio album, "7th Symphony", on August 23 2010.
  • (06.02) Chimaira will release a DVD/CD set, "Coming Alive", on July 20 via Ferret Music. Here's the track listing: 1) 'The Venom Inside', 2) 'Resurrection', 3) 'Power Trip', 4) 'Empire', 5) 'The Disappearing Sun', 6) 'Severed', 7) 'Destroy and Dominate', 8) 'Six', 9) 'The Dehumanizing Process', 10) 'Dead Inside', 11) 'Painting The White To Grey', 12) 'Nothing Remains', 13) 'Salvation', 14) 'Secrets Of The Dead', 15) 'The Flame', 16) 'Pure Hatred', and 17) 'Implements of Destruction' (included on DVD only).
  • (06.02) Project: Failing Flesh have finished mixing their new CD, and are currently deciding how they want to release it, as their last record label recently went under.

  • (05.31) Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation has set a June 25 release date for the first-ever guitar tab book from Chimaira. The "Guitar Collection Vol. 1" book features note-for-note transcriptions of13 songs from the band's first five albums: 'The Flame', 'Impending Doom', 'Implements Of Destruction', 'Inside The Horror', 'Nothing Remains', 'On Broken Glass', 'Power Trip', 'Pure Hatred', 'Resurrection', 'Salvation', 'Secrets Of The Dead', 'Six', and 'The Venom Inside'.
    (05.29) Go here to listen to the song 'Grave Condition' off the new Severe Torture CD.
  • (05.28) Daath will enter the studio early next month to record their 3rd album.
  • (05.23) Psycroptic are hard at work on material for a new album. They will start the demo process soon, and hope to have everything ready by their tour with Nile coming up in October.
  • (05.23) Vocalist Ari Nieminen has rejoined Dauntless, replacing his own replacement, Micko. He says in a statement, "When I decided to leave Dauntless, I thought it was the best decision at the moment. But when I had time to think it over, I felt like, Oh fuck, this was totally wrong thing to do.' I told guys about it and they asked me to come back, because there were some disagreements with Micko. The break I had was a best thing for me and thus I realized that this is what I want and these are the guys I wanna rock with — forever! Sometimes you just have to take some time off to really know what you really want. So the rest is history... but for all you fans out there, I'm so fucking proud and excited about this and I really, really hope that this will be pleasant thing for you and all the people who still keep up hanging with us." For more information, visit
  • (05.21) Darkwater are currently in the studio recording their 2nd album.
  • (05.21) 'Breeding Violence', a song from the new Whitechapel album, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
  • (05.20) Deeds Of Flesh are working on their new album "Portal to Canaan".
  • (05.20) Synperium's new album is all finished, they're just waiting for the artwork and cd pressing to be completed, then they'll give a release date.
  • (05.20) "Heirs To Thievery", the new album from Misery Index, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 43 on the Top New Artist Albums.
  • (05.19) Dirk Verbeuren, drummer for Soilwork and Scarve, will be recording drums for Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal's second "Special Defects" solo record, to be released sometime later this year.
  • (05.18) We are sad to report on the passing of Ronnie James Dio, vocalist for bands such as Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band, Dio. He died at age 67 from stomach cancer.
    Ronnie James Dio
    The recent announcement that there would be a public memorial service for the late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio was one that fans all over the world were extremely happy about, as it is a great way to remember a greater man. However, the memorial could be spoiled by the Westboro Baptist Church who has announced that they plan to picket the event, as people like Ronnie James Dio (i.e. people with intelligence) apparantly are Satanic.

  • (05.18) Go here to listen to the song 'Code Injection' from the new Pathology album.
  • (05.18) Go here to listen to the song 'Suffer The Soul' from the new Aeon album.
  • (05.14) Bassist Noah Martin, who announced his departure from Arsis in September 2008, has announced his return to the band. Bassist Nat has left, and the band says the reasons are too colorful for a press statement :)
  • (05.13) Skinlab have parted ways with guitarist Brian Jackson and have been rejoined by Mike Roberts.
  • (05.13) 'Venomous Habitations', a brand new song from Diabolic, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
  • (05.13) The Deftones new album, "Diamond Eyes", sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. Their last album, "Saturday Night Wrist", opened with 76,000 units back in November 2006 to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.
  • (05.12) Aborted have started writing some new material and will be focusing on writing for the rest of the year. Recordings are set for a full-length early next year.
  • (05.12) Ozzy's new album will be made available in Japan on June 23 with the exclusive bonus track 'Jump The Moon'.

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    (05.11) Relapse Records will be re-releasing a number of albums from Death and Control Denied this month. The unfinished 2nd Control Denied record is planned to be finished this year and then released on Relapse.
  • (05.11) Pestilence's new album will be called "Doctrine" and it will be produced by V. Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon). A tentative February 2011 release is expected.
  • (05.11) Yet again, John Bush has left Anthrax, and the band has replaced him with vocalist Joey Belladonna. He will do the vocal duties for the upcoming tour, and the band will also re-record much of their unreleased "Worship Music" album, including all the vocals with Belladonna.
  • (05.10) Hate will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland on June 5 to begin recording their new album, "Erebos", for a late 2010 release via Listenable Records.
  • (05.10) Go here if you're interested in getting "Death: The Deluxe Guitar and Bass Tablature Collection" from Guitar World. It includes 8 songs transcribed from Death, including: "Pull the Plug",  "The Philosopher", "Crystal Mountain", "Flesh and the Power It Holds", "Scavenger of Human Sorrow,"  "Zombie Ritual", "Spiritual Healing", and "Together As One".
  • (05.10) Drummer K.C. Howard and guitarist Dan Eggers have both decided to part ways with the Decrepit Birth. For live shows, they will be using drummers Samus Paulicelli (ex-Abigail Williams) and Lee Smith (Estradasphere) for various shows, and will use guitarist Chase Fraser (Animosity, Son Of Aurelius).
  • (05.07) Go here to listen to Misery Index's new album "Heirs To Thievery" streaming in its entirety.
  • (05.06) Go here for an interview with drummer Tim Yeung on sitting in for Pete Sandoval on the upcoming Morbid Angel record and tour.

  • (04.30) Malevolent Creation have completed work on their eleventh album, "Invidious Dominion", for an August 27 European release via Germany's Massacre Records. The album will made available as a regular CD, a digipack with bonus material, and a vinyl LP.
  • (04.29) Go here for the cover artwork to Ozzy's new album.
  • (04.29) The self-titled debut album from Washington D.C.'s Periphery sold around 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 128 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
  • (04.29) Pathology will release their new album, "Legacy Of The Ancients", on July 6 via Victory Records. Go here for the cover artwork.
  • (04.29) Cannibal Corpse will film two shows in early May for an upcoming DVD release, May 3rd in Englewood, CO and May 8th in Albuquerque, NM.
  • (04.28) The Amenta has begun working on an EP which will feature the band's new lineup. Tentatively titled "V01D", the EP will feature re-recorded songs from both full-length albums, an unreleased "Occasus"-era track, and various instrumentals and experiments.
  • (04.28) Deftones' new album, "Diamond Eyes", is available for streaming in its entirety at
  • (04.27) Go here for a good interview with the mother of Chuck Shuldiner (frontman of Death and Control Denied) about Chuck's life, and the long delayed second Control Denied album.
  • (04.25) Decrepit Birth will release their third album, "Polarity", on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.
  • (04.24) The Rotted will enter the studio in May with producer James Dunkley to record "Anarchogram", a self-released EP consisting of two new tracks and four cover songs.
  • (04.22) Go here to order an official tab book of 10 songs from Suicide Silence. Includes guitar, bass and lyrics.
  • (04.21) Obituary is working on some new material.
  • (04.21) The new Diabolic will now be out June 8th.
  • (04.20) The song 'Kill Them All' from the new Aeon album is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
  • (04.20) Neuraxis will enter Wildsound Studio on June 3 with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist) to begin recording their sixth album for a fall release through Prosthetic Records.
  • (04.16) Skinless' classic line-up of Sherwood Webber (vocals), Noah Carpenter (guitars), Joe Keyser (bass), and Bob Beaulac (drums) will re-unite for a special one-off show on June 19th at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY. This is the line-up featured on the band’s "Progression Towards Evil" and "Foreshadowing Our Demise" albums.
  • (04.15) Ozzy's new album will be out June 15th.
  • (04.14) Keyboard player Richard Rietdijk has left Textures to pursue other interests. He leaves on good terms, the band continues to write their new album while they search for a replacement.
  • (04.14) Devildriver have finished making some demos for their new album, which they plan to release early next year.
  • (04.13) 'The Darkest Day Of Man', a brand new song from Whitechapel, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's third album, "A New Era Of Corruption", due on June 8 via Metal Blade Records.
  • (04.13) Massacre Records will release the new Malevolent Creation CD "Invidious Dominion" on August 27th in Europe. The album will made available as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP.
  • (04.13) Aeon's new album wil be out May 24th 2010 on Metal Blade Records. Go here to see the cover artwork.
  • (04.09) Amagortis have just signed a multi-album contract with US label Brutal Bands. The band is back in the studio recording their third full length album "Intrinsic Indecency" to be released this summer. The band is recording the album right now.
  • (04.09) Brain Drill have uploaded a new track 'Beyond Bludgeoned' from their new album "Quantum Catastrophe" to their myspace page.
  • (04.09) While Anata waits for the release of their latest album, they have already started the process of writing music for an even newer album.
  • (04.09) Go here to listen to the new track 'The Carrion Call' off Misery Index's new album "Heirs To Thievery".
  • (04.09) Severe Torture will release their fifth full-length album, "Slaughtered", on June 29 (one day earlier internationally) via Season of Mist. Go here to see the album cover.
  • (04.08) Despised Icon are apparently going to call it quits after their upcoming tour. The bandmembers have just found it difficult to balance their home/married lives and the band. Read more about it here.
  • (04.05) Man Must Die have started work on a new album.
  • (04.05) Go here to listen to an early rehearsal track from Pestilence called "Am God I". It's just guitar and drums, showcasing new drummer Yuma Van Eekelen.
    (04.03) Misery Index's new album "Heirs to Thievery" will be out May 11th according to Amazon.
  • (04.02) Drummer Gene Hoglan has finallly released his drumming instructional DVD "The Atomic Clock". Go here to purchase it for $30.
  • (04.01) Whitechapel have set "A New Era Of Corruption" as the title of their third album, due on June 8 via Metal Blade Records. Go here to see the cover artwork.

    (03.31) Beneath The Massacre is currently recording a new EP for a fall release.
  • (03.31) The new Ozzy album will be called "Scream".
  • (03.31) Go here for a list of the top 10 Roadrunner Album Covers of all time, including covers from Fear Factory, Sepultura and Machine Head.
  • (03.25) "Diamond Eyes", the new album from the Deftones, has had its release date moved up by two weeks to May 4th.
  • (03.25) Textures have announced that Daniel de Jongh, former front man of the Dutch metal band Cilice, will replace Eric Kalsbeek who left the band earlier this year.
  • (03.24) Malevolent Creation will start recording their new album April 5th with Erik Rutan.
  • (03.22) Go here to listen to some new audio samples from Gorguts. Luc Lemay says: "we've been very busy and productive working on the new record!! We got two-thirds of the music written and recorded into two pre-productions."
  • (03.22) Here's some high quality video of Suffocation playing in Holland: 'Suffocation - Habitual Infamy ( Holland 2010 )', 'Suffocation - Breeding The Spawn ( Holland 2010 )' and 'Suffocation - Suspended In Tribulation ( Holland 2010 )'.
  • (03.19) An official word about Morbid Angel Drummer Pete Sandoval's back surgery: "Pete has suffered for a long time with a deteriorating disc problem. He was in daily pain and needed to have this done. He has recently been treated by a laser back surgery specialist in Tampa, Florida. He is currently in rehabilitation and doing well. Pete is part of our family and the band's history and we all wish him well and a full recovery. Unfortunately, this type of injury, subsequent surgery and rehab cannot be rushed and it will take ample time for him to hopefully be back behind his drums again and out on tour with Morbid Angel. The band is moving forward on their next recording with Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy, All That Remains, Nile, Hate Eternal, Vital Remains). Currently the guys are in rehearsals in Tampa putting their finishing touches on the songs for the new album, which is slated for later this year, with subsequent touring worldwide." Goood luck with the recovery Pete!
  • (03.18) "Majesty And Decay", the new album from Immolation, sold around 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 29 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
  • (03.11) Brutus' new album "Murwgebeukt (Total Loss)" will be out July 20th 2010 on Unique Leader Records. Go here for a small preview of the album cover.
  • (03.11) Suffocate Bastard guitarist and driver Patrick Czerny has left the band. He needed more time to take care of his family and was very involved in his day job. Therefore he could not spare the time required for the band anymore. He has been replaced with Othon Kokkinos (Depravity). The band is now back on track to finish writing the songs for the new album.
  • (03.11) Sinister will enter Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany with producer Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Obscenity) on October 15 to begin recording their new album, tentatively titled "Legacy of Ashes". An early 2011 release is expected via Massacre Records.
  • (03.11) Malevolent Creation is doing pre-production on their new album.
  • (03.11) Devin Townsend is recording all of his current live shows, with the hope of releasing a Live album at some point in the future. He also has an idea for a second Ziltoid record called "Zed Squared". But first, he will complete the next two albums in the DTP set "Deconstruction" and "Ghost".
  • (03.10) Anomalous' new album will be callled "Ohmnivalent". Go here to see the cover artwork and the track listing. No release date yet.
  • (03.09) Testament will spend the rest of the year writing and recording their new album, which they hope to release before the end of the year.
  • (03.06) Vocalist Eddie Macias has quit Ankla, his statement simply says he wants to try something a little different musically.
  • (03.04) Apocalyptica have set "7th Symphony" as the title of their seventh studio album, which is scheduled for a summer release.
  • (03.04) Dauntless has announced the addition of vocalist Micko Hell (Denigrate, Million Dollar Beggars) to the group's ranks.
  • (03.02) Exhale have signed with Dark Balance records, who will release their new album "Blind" on April 2nd in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and April 5th in the rest of the world.
  • (03.01) Guitarist Matt Wilcock has left Akercocke. In a statement, he says that the style of music he want to play is starting to differ from the direction the band is going, so he felt it was time to leave. He seems to be leaving on good terms.

  • (02.26) Psycroptic has released a live DVD with a bonus CD, all packaged in a deluxe digipack. Entitled "Initiation", it was filmed live at The HiFi Bar in Melbourne, Australia on December 20, 2008 as part of the Australian leg of the "(Ob)Servant World Tour". To purchase "Initiation", head directly to the band's web site (warning, this is a PAL DVD only).
  • (02.26) Immolation's new album "Majesty And Decay" is available for streaming in its entirety at MetalKult.
  • (02.25) Listenable Records will re-release "Unholy Cult" from the band Immolation. According to the label, the new edition comes in a stellar digipack with a full, detailed 12-page booklet with new live pictures and liner notes from the bandmembers themselves. The 2003 "Bringing Down The World" DVD has been added as a bonus.
  • (02.24) Abraxas is in the studio recording its debut album, "Damnation", due later in the year.
  • (02.24) Go here for the song 'Rocket Skates' off Deftones' new album.
  • (02.23) Five Star Prison Cell will enter Sing Sing South Studios in Melbourne on March 1st to begin recording their third album, entitled "Matriarch".
  • (02.23) "Sons Of The System", the fourth studio album from Mnemic, sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 64 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
  • (02.22) Prong hopes to have a new album out by October.
  • (02.22) Go here to see the cover artwork to Diabolic's new album.
  • (02.20) "Alive", the first-ever DVD from Meshuggah, sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on the Top Music Videos chart.
  • (02.19) Immolation just posted a brand new song, 'A Glorious Epoch', to their MySpace page ( The song will be on the band's new album "Majesty And Decay" due on March 5, 2010 via Nuclear Blast.
  • (02.19) James Lee (vocals) has left Origin. The band will use vocalist Mica 'Maniac' Meneke (Sol Asunder, Ontogeny, The Faceless, Legion Victorious) for their upcming tour.
  • (02.19) Go here to read an interview with Dino from Fear Factory about the new album.
  • (02.18) Aeon have set "Path Of Fire" as the title of their third album, due later in the year via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded in September 2009 at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden and was mixed the following month at Mana Recording Studios in St, Petersburg, Florida by Erik Rutan.
  • (02.18) Prophecy have added bass player John "The Beast" Trammell to the band. If you're interested in getting some Prophecy shows on DVD, visit here.
  • (02.18) Vital Remains is seeking a professional lead guitarist "with good gear and good attitude." All applicants must have a valid passport, valid driver's license and clean criminal record. Go here for more info on applying.
  • (02.18) "Mechanize", the new album from Fear Factory, sold 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Transgression", opened with 19,000 units back in August 2005 to land at No. 45. This was substantially less than the first-week number registered by its predecessor, "Archetype", which sold 32,000 copies back in April 2004 to enter the Billboard chart at No. 30.
  • (02.18) "Starve For The Devil", the new album from Arsis, sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
  • (02.17) Deftones has set "Diamond Eyes" as the title of its new album, due on May 18. A song from the CD, 'Rocket Skates', will be made available as a free download via on February 23.
  • (02.16) Guitarist Jesper Strömblad has officially quit In Flames. Last year, he entered into rehab for alchohol addiction, so he has left the band in order to continue his recovery.
  • (02.16) Brain Drill's new album "Quantum Catastrophe" will be released May 11th.
  • (02.16) Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott is planning to release his first "proper" solo album, entitled "Follow Your Heart". Warning, the album is not metal, more "Rock 'N Roll" according to the guitarist.
  • (02.16) Lot of plans for Devin Townsend. He will perform the entire "Ziltoid" album at Finland's TUSKA Festival. He hopes to release a live CD of some of his recent touring in a couple of months. His next 2 albums, "Deconstruction" and "Ghost" have been written. He will do a headline tour of the US this fall, and following that he will record the 2 albums for a release next May.
  • (02.12) Diabolic will release their fifth full-length album, "Excisions of Exorcisms", on April 20 via Deathgasm Records.
  • (02.12) Colin Davis of Vile states that he is about four weeks away from mixing the new album, and then that will take another 4-5 weeks. Assuming the label stuff goes well, he hopes to have the album out this summer.
  • (02.11) "Skepsis", the new album from Through The Eyes Of The Dead, sold around 1,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
  • (02.11) Go here for a few words from Scott Ian on the next Anthrax album and its current status.
  • (02.11) Rob Zombie's new album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2", sold 49,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is less than 50 percent of the opening tally of his previous CD, "Educated Horses", which landed at No. 5 on the Billboard chart after premiering with 107,000 units back in April 2006.
  • (02.10) Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has rejoined the band for their new tour, where they will be playing their classic album "Rust In Peace". The return to the band may be a permanent one.
  • (02.10) Whorecore are currently working on their new album, which should be recorded later this year.
  • (02.09) Daath have started writing music for a new album.
  • (02.09) Pathology entered the studio yesterday to record their Victory Records debut album.
  • (02.09) The Red Chord will perform with original drummer Michael Justian at all upcoming shows. Justian has not publicly performed with the group since the Maryland Deathfest of 2004 and replaces recently departed drummer Brad Fickeisen.
  • (02.02) Drummer Richard Christy has stated that the never finished Control Denied album will finallly get finished this year now that all the legal issues surrounding the album have been dealt with.
  • (02.01) Crionics have a new song called 'Scapegoat (Welcome to Necropolis)' available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the band's new EP, "N.O.I.R.", which will be released later this year through an as-yet-undetermined record label.

  • (01.31) Apocalyptica has entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to begin recording its new album for a spring/summer release.(01.30) Fear Factory's new album, "Mechanize", is available for streaming in its entirety here. (warning: Only works if you have a facebook account)
  • (01.30) Severe Torture have signed with Season Of Mist Records. The band is currently at Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam with producer Jochem Jacobs working on its upcoming fifth album for a spring/summer release.
  • (01.20) Go here for an interview with Daniel Mongrain of Martyr that happened last summer. He discusses that the band is writing bits and pieces for a new album.
  • (01.20) Textures Singer Eric Kalsbeek has left Textures to focus on his job and his family. The band is looking for a replacement.
  • (01.20) Braindrill have finished recording their new album "Quantum Catastrophe".
  • (01.19) The Bled will have their new album out, "Heat Fetish" in early March. Visit their myspace page for 2 songs off the album.
  • (01.19) The Misery Index compilation album "Pulling Out The Nails" will be out March 9th.
  • (01.15) Go here to listen to the new song 'The Purge' off Immolation's new album.
  • (01.15) Victor Brandt (bass) has left Aeon, he just didn't have the time necessary to commit to the band. The band has chosen Marcus Edvardsson as his replacement.
  • (01.15) Beneath The Massacre are starting to write music for a new album which they hope to release sometime in 2010.
  • (01.15) Wormed have finished a new demo that they hope to shop around to several labels.
  • (01.15) Thy Art Is Murder is in the studio working on their debut album.
  • (01.15) The Amenta have started working in earnest on their 3rd album.
  • (01.14) The new Pyrexia album will be called "Feast of the Unholy Sacrament", and they should start recording any time now.
  • (01.14) Beheaded is finishing up tracks now for a new album and will enter the studio soon.
  • (01.14) Disgorge have resurfaced, and will release their next two albums with Unique Leader. Their next album, "And the Weak Shall Perish", will be recorded in fall of 2010.
  • (01.14) Sepultura will have their latest album, "A-Lex", re-released in April via SPV/Steamhammer with two brand new songs. The two new tracks were completed during the "A-Lex" recording session but were not released.
  • (01.12) Neuraxis have commenced the songwriting process for their new album.
  • (01.09) Decrepit Birth have entered the studio to record their third album.
  • (01.08) The entire new Mnemic album is now streaming online for preview until Jan 15th.
  • (01.08) Zyklon have decided to call it quits, since all the members of the band have been too busy with other projects. Guitarist Samoth is currently in the studio working on the debut album for his new project, The Wretched End. Fellow axeman Destructhor is still touring with Morbid Angel, and is still planning to complete a new Myrkskog album with bassist/vocalist Secthdamon. Drummer Trym is mainly working in his tattoo shop, but is scheduled to appear in a new music project soon.
  • Decrepit Birth have entered Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California to record their third album "Polarity"' with producer/engineer Zack Ohren.
    (01.01) Arsis have posted another new song, 'Forced To Rock', on their MySpace page. The song is off the band's new album, "Starve For The Devil", which should be out February 9, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
  • (01.01) Go here to see the cover artwork to the new Immolation album.
  • (01.01) Visceral Bleeding have parted ways with guitarist Peter Persson and have replaced him with Benny Bats (Prostitute Disfigurement). The Band is still looking for a new lead guitarist following the departure of Martin "Germ" Bermheden in 2008.
  • (01.01) Misery Index will enter Wright Way Studios with engineer Steve Wright to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled "Heirs To Thievery", for a May 2010 release via Relapse Records.
  • (01.01) Aborted are streaming a brand new song, 'Coronary Reconstruction', on their MySpace page. The track is the title cut of the band's new five-track EP, which will be released digitally in the near future via Century Media, and in a limited run of 1,000 copies by the bandmembers themselves exclusively through Indiemerch on January 14th 2010.
  • (01.01) Testament's "The Formation Of Damnation" will be reissued in a deluxe tour edition. The two-disc edition will include the band's comeback album plus bonus footage of classic tracks and more. Go here for the complete track listing.
  • (01.01) Mnemic have released a new song called 'March Of The Tripods' is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.



    New album from the italian thrashers, 10 tracks of violent Thrash/Death!
    Featuring TOM ANGELRIPPER (SODOM) on "ECHOES OF WAR" vocals!
    For more details about Irreverence, and how to obtain a copy of the album, visit the bands MySpace site:


    Enemynside entered Temple Of Noise studios last April to record their third album (tentatively titled "The Black Issue") and now It's possible to view videos for the recording process of drums and guitars on the official myspace page of the band and on their Fb page too.

    Brutal Peace
    Classic crossover thrashers Brutal Peace has uploaded the 3 song demo "Above and Beyond" to their MySpace site. The band was formed in the early 90's by former top LA metal band's (Stone Soldier) guitarist Dan Sindel. Dan recruited the hard hitting drum skills of Lonny Pasillas and they created a slamming, no frills hardcore musical foundation. Bassist Travis Johnson was soon brought in to complete the power trio and the underground classic "Above and Beyond" 3 song demo was recorded in Aug of 1995 by Scott Sargeant (M.O.D/Lazz Rockit)


    Now it`s finally official - Slovenian Thrash hopefulls have signed with legendaryl Metal Blade label, for their up and coming album!

    Singer Alex on their official forum:

    Hey guys!

    I am very pleased to announce that we officially signed with one of the best metal labels out there: Metal Blade Records!

    I want to thank everyone for their support so far, and also keep you're senses sharp 'cause we've still got a lot in store for you this year!



    Colombian black/thrashers GUERRA TOTAL has made the EP "NO LEFT, NO RIGHT; JUST ZOMBIES IN
    THE NIGHT", available for free download at
    To find out more about this band, you should head over to the bands MySpace site.

    Purified in Blood
    Norwegian thrashers Purified in Blood's new album "Under black skies", was released yesterday (june, 07) through Universal. According to the band "The new album Under Black Skies will always be a milestone representing a fresh start with no genre shackles. Heaven knows the horizon has expanded to the unlimited regarding making music and Under Black Skies is the result of this. The new album unveils a band that has developed ferociously since their first full-length Reaper of Souls in 2006."

    This Is Hell
    USA Thrash influenced hardcore band, THIS IS HELL, are currently streaming their new album, Weight Of The World, in its entirety, at Listen by visiting
    Legen Beltza
    Spanish thrashers Legen Beltza, has uploaded several tunes from their latest full length, "Need to suffer". The album contains 10 tracks and was recorded and produced at the bands own studio. Andy Classen mixed and mastered the album.



    UK “Noise Rockers” October File are set to appear in the new movie by Emmy Award winning director Bob Carruthers. Bob Carruthers is a huge fan of the band and thinks the track “Falter” from the band’s highly acclaimed and recently released “Our Souls To You” album (via Candlelight Records) is the track for the movie. Bob stated “ I recently saw the band live with Fear Factory and they blew me away, “Falter” just suits my movie so we started talking to them and have now got the band written into the movie, I am very happy to have the band in the film, it should be great fun having them play to 200 odd zombies”.  The band will have to do some acting as the band that turn up for a “Battle of the Bands” competition and end up becoming zombies themselves. The track “Falter” will be also be the music for the end credits. October File bass player Steve Beatty commented: “It all looks like great fun, we go to the Caymans to film and get a sun tan, drink beer and get eaten, what could be better?!”

    Candlelight Records will release the full soundtrack CD.  Music from the following acts will also be used in the movie as incidentals: City Of Fire, Divinity, Altar Of Plagues, Blood Of Kingu, Obsidian, Nachtmystium, Wodensthrone, Gnaw Their Tongues, Winterfylleth, Demonic Resurrection, Yaotl Mictlan, Woe and Abigial Williams.

    Tourists from hell
    The 75 minute-long film follows a small group of people fighting off marauding zombies who get to the Cayman Islands on a mystery cruise ship that shows up with no one on board – or at least, no one alive.

    “What I liked was this idea of the cruise ship that disappears in the Bermuda Triangle and appears in North Side with no passengers. There are lots of opportunity for satire, like zombies in Hawaiian shirts and shorts,” Mr. Carruthers said.

    “It follows all the conventions of the genre. People get trapped and besieged,” he said.  “Although the film is about zombies and people being bitten and killed, it also promises plenty of comic relief.”

    The film makers plan to have the zombie flick ready for release in the UK and US in October, in time for Halloween, and to be selling it to the international TV market at MIPCON in Cannes, also in October. “Provisionally, we’re looking at Saturday, 25th September for a screening in Cayman,” the director said. Alongside Bob Carruthers as Producer is David McWhinnie who produced "Obseldia" – winner of the award for best Cinematography at this year's Sundance Festival.

    The DVD release is set for worldwide release in October via Komet Media.
     Zombie Driftwood-movie



    Former drummer for Welsh rockers, Stereophonics, has been found dead at his home.

    US mountain death/thrashers K626, has uploaded several previews from their forthcomming album “The Gates of the Necropolis". The band was established in the 90’s, they crushed the scene with their unique style of metal. In 2006 they recorded two EP’s and in 2008 they recorded and self produced their first album 'Seven Deadly'. Check out

    Abscess calls it a day.
    Melodic metallers Eden’s Curse have released a digital single of their ballad “Man Against The World,” with 100% of the profits being donated towards charity. The profits will go to the two homeless charities in the U.K. and in the USA.

    Songwriter Paul Logue commented, "We receive emails from our fans time and time again, but none moved me more than the one I received from Jared Hochstettler. He put together a montage on You Tube featuring some really powerful images of homeless men, women and children. It stopped me dead in my tracks and made me think about how fortunate I am. Right there and then I decided to do something about it and I’m delighted to gain the support of my band mates, record labels and Music By Mail in Germany, who assisted us with launching the track onto the worldwide portals, with a view to raising some money to help Shelter and Feed The Children. I urge everyone to simply watch the video and if you feel as moved as I did buy the download and do your bit to help ease the suffering of those less fortunate than ourselves.”

    Jared Koston, the drummer of heavy metal outfit Venomin James, passed away yesterday at his home in Madison, Ohio after a battle with cancer. He was 40 years old.

    "I want to thank everyone that has helped him with this fight," says his wife Michele Koston. "The fight is over and now he does not have to worry about all the pain it has brought him."

    Michele is in immediate need of financial support to help pay for the home hospice care and funeral arrangements. The Kostons have 4 children, no health insurance or employment.

    German pagan metal outfit NordanVindar has checked in with the following announcement about changing the band name and uploading songs on a new MySpace page:

    "Hey lads and ladies! As we told sometime ago, we changed now our name and created a new Myspace site. The reason is just a new way of music, more black metal lesser pagan, and to have a fitting name for that changed style. The new band name is 'Tann im Nebel' and here is the new site.

    The members of God Forbid have made an appearance in the second issue of the Gothic comic book series Eternal Descent, currently available at comic retailers worldwide. The issue features a storyline inspired by God Forbid's fourth studio album "IV: Constitution of Treason." The series is inspired by and features cameos from a host of musicians including the bands Atreyu, Firewind, and Static X, among others.

    Samples of the Eternal Descent Issue 2 comic book artwork featuring Doc Coyle and Byron Davis are available for viewing at the this location.

    Moscow's Tantal guitarist Dmitry Ignatiev check is:

    We are working on the second TANTAL's album which will be called "Expectancy"!At now moment major portion of the material is ready, and the whole lyrics are finished. We are recording demo of the songs and working on arrangements. "Expectancy" will be conceptual album with more various instrumental and vocal arrangements than our debut "The Beginning of the End". 

    Here are our links:  - video channel of our band

    Three decades after recording their first incendiary songs as teenagers reared in the budding hardcore scene in Los Angeles, Bad Religion are marking their 30 year anniversary with a new record, filled with both the free thinking ire that has fueled the band from the very beginning, and a certain introspection that comes only from long-lived experience.

    "While we're celebrating our 30th anniversary as a band this year it's also a time when Greg and I have embarked on new creative pursuits which have informed our songwriting process. I'm a new parent again and Greg a new author having just completed his first book Anarchy Evolution," says Gurewitz. "So the songs are a distillation of where we've been and who we are now...a natural evolution of creativity."

    Working again with producer Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Tool), Bad Religion entered the studio armed with 16 songs that are filled with deeply personal experiences, cautionary tales and a developing worldview, spanning the gauntlet from their signature high energy punk rock to a more introspective melodic sound.

    "We wouldn't embark on this new creative endeavor, Brett wouldn't have embarked on parenthood, I wouldn't have embarked on writing a book, if we hadn't reached a place in our lives where we felt the confidence that we had something to offer and that's what these songs represent," adds Graffin. "They represent a new found confidence that things are starting to make sense to us."

    "Being a new parent has colored my whole world," continues Gurewitz. "As a result I've written songs that at least for me, are somewhat less angsty and more introspective and vulnerable. The experience has emboldened me to take some creative risks as a songwriter that I've not allowed myself to take before."

    Risks that nevertheless have already been embraced by the band's passionate fans, as evidenced by the overwhelming response to two new songs, "Resist Stance" and "Won't Somebody." The songs were debuted during a series of live shows celebrating Bad Religion's anniversary, recorded and given away as part of a free digital album, 30 Years Live, as a thank you to their fans for their support over the last three decades. Rabid fans immediately lit up blogs and message boards with raves about the new material and excitement over the new record, which will be out this fall. In the meantime, Bad Religion continue to tour the world, bringing their amazing live show to more new countries and playing more shows with each passing year.

    Bad Religion European Tour Dates:

    04 - JUNE Rock Im Park - Nuremberg - DE
    06 - JUNE Rock Am Ring - Nurburgring - DE
    07 - JUNE Ringlokschuppen - Bielefeld - DE
    08 - JUNE Huxley's - Berlin - DE
    09 - JUNE Docks - Hamburg - DE
    11 - JUNE Melkweg - Amsterdam - NL
    12 - JUNE Milan - Alcatraz - IT
    13 - JUNE Atlantico - Rome - IT
    15 - JUNE Luxemburg - Rockhal - LUX
    16 - JUNE Paris - Bataclan - FR
    17 - JUNE Firhamnen - Gothenburg - West Coast Riot Festival - SE
    26 - JUNE Bilbao - Azkena Rock Festival - ES
    13 - JULY Athens - Ejekt Festival - GR
    15 - JULY Berne - Gurten Festival - CH
    17 - JULY Ilosaarirock - Joensuu - FIN
    19 - JULY St Petersburg - Glav Club - RU
    20 - JULY Moscow - Milk Club - RU
    22 - JULY Oslo - Rockefeller - NOR
    23 - JULY Malmo - KB Hallen - SE
    24 - JULY Copenhagen - Vega Main Hall - DK
    26 - JULY Cologne - Live Music Hall - DE
    27 - JULY Feldkirch - Poolbar - AT
    30 - JULY Malestroit - Au Pont Du Rock Festival - FR
    31 - JULY Sélestat - Festival Lez'arts Scéniques - FR
    02 - AUG Munich - Backstage Werk - DE
    03 - AUG Dortmund - FZW - DE
    04 - AUG Hannover - Capitol - DE
    06 - AUG Birmingham - O2 Academy - UK
    07 - AUG Bristol - O2 Academy - UK
    08 - AUG Blackpool - Rebellion Festival - UK
    10 - AUG Zurich - Haerterei Club - CH
    11 - AUG Budapest - Sziget Festival - HU
    13 - AUG Puettlingen - Rocco Del Schlacko - DE
    14 - AUG Rothenburg - Taubertal Festival - DE
    15 - AUG Eschwege - Open Flair - DE
    17 - AUG Warsaw - Rock In Summer Festival - PL
    19 - AUG Vienna - Frequency Festival - AT
    21 - AUG Hasselt - Pukkelpop - BE
    23 - AUG London - O2 Sheperd's Bush Empire - UK
    24 - AUG Manchester - Academy 2 - UK
    25 - AUG Glasgow - ABC - UK
    27 - AUG Leeds - Leeds Festival - UK
    28 - AUG Reading - Reading Festival - UK

    Stay tuned to and for updates and news about Bad Religion's new studio album!

    Swedish thrashers Tromacide has unleashed a skull crushing 2-track teaser of the upcoming Tromacide album.

    You can listen to the teasers at
    OR DOWNLOAD IT AS HIGH QUALITY MP3 @ ... hickendead

    The debutalbum "RATED R FOR RADIATION" will according to the band be out very soon.


    HEMORAGY releases its third album HEADBANG TILL DEATH !

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    Texas Thrashers Amoricide have their new EP "Horror in the flesh" out.


    Crysys, the band from Barcelona, Spain, is currently working with Waldemar Sorychta (Lacuna Coil, Moonspell, Samael, Tristania) to pre-produce the upcoming first album "The Menace". Previously the band has released a couple of singer, and a very interesting demo in 2008, called Demonsthrashion. Read more about the band and listen to good thrash at

    California metallers Deeds of Flesh have checked in with the following update about working on a new album:

    "What's up everyone, after a little break we are now working on the new CD which will be entitled 'Portal to Canaan' which stems from our last release 'Of What's to Come' and it's concept. Artwork pre prods are being worked on now by Raymond Swanland and will post cover when finished. We will keep you all up to date as things develop."

    In the mean time you can hear sample Deeds of Flesh tracks via the band's MySpace page.


    Released By Anger
    Released Anger
    were formed in November 2004 by: Ntinos Zacharis (Vocals), Thanos Ziogas (Drums), Giannis Anagnostou and Dimitris Harisis (guitars and Backing Vocals). After seven months the band recorded their first mini cd/EP 'Violent Insticts' in Baseline Studios, containing five pieces of thrash metal.The release date was in November 2005 with band's expenses. During the same month there were changes in the line up. Drummer Thanos Ziogas left the band and Stelios Stauropoulos took his place in the drumkit. Kostas Paulidis also joined the band as a bass player.

    Many live shows have been done until now in Greece and among others Released Anger have supported Bands like the American legentary thrashers Flotsam and Jetsam,the mightyAttacker ,the heavy metal iconsBlitzkrieg and the historical forceBrocas HelmandManilla Road. Recently the band took part in the Long Live Metal 2 Festival in France and played with bands like the american thrashers Hirax, the german metallers Sacred Steel, the french heavy metallers Blaspheme and the legendary Excalibur.


    TAS 2010
    Western Massachusetts' chuggernauts THE ACACIA STRAIN, have completed work on their new album, which will be released July 20th in North American and August 2nd in Europe. The band recorded the follow up to 2008's "Continent" at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs. Check out the latest, and final blog HERE. The band is also running a contest through twitter to guess the title of their new album. Each day at noon EST, the band will post one letter of the album title. The first fan who can properly guess the title, will win a T shirt. Follow the band
    Gene Simmons has been accused of sexual assault and sexual battery.

    Make-up artist Victoria Jackson has filed a lawsuit against the KISS singer – whose real name is Gene Klein – alleging he approached her when she was working at Los Angeles’ ESPN Sports Center last November and said in 'a lecherous and inappropriate manner, 'I like you.’'

    According to the documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Victoria was 'surprised by the overtly sexual attention'.

    She accuses the 60-year-old rocker of grabbing and hugging her, to which she responded: 'Ouch. You are hurting me.'

    She then tried to back out of his way because 'his spiked chest was jabbing her in the face'.

    Gene refused to let go of the make-up artist, instead 'he pulled her even closer, tightly, pinning her arms and said, 'No not yet.’ '

    He is then accused of 'humping her to the extent she could feel his groin grinding into her".

    Gene then allegedly said: 'Aw, That’s better! Now you can go.'

    According to, Victoria – who described the rocker’s behaviour as 'vile and inexcusable' – is seeking over $500,000 in damages.

    She claims she has suffered humiliation, shame, embarrassment, anger, anxiety, loss of sleep and depression.

    However, the 'Crazy Crazy Nights’ star has filed a suit against Victoria claiming she wanted money and no assault occurred.
    American death metal veterans Six Feet Under has posted a message online regarding the recent offshore drilling explosion, which is being called the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The message reads as follows:

    "Didn't 'we' all think this 'President' was supposed to be more aware and was going to do more to rebuild our great country, and help pull us all out of the hole we are in? Looks like he's putting us all in a bigger hole by not taking action and doing something about stopping the oil leak that is destroying The Gulf Of Mexico and destroying our country.

    "Please, if you drive... boycott the fuck out of BP! Do not buy their fuel. They can stop the oil leak. They are a greedy, evil company that doesn't care about any of us, or this planet. We can do something by taking money out of their pocket, by not buying their product.

    "BP is killing The Gulf Coast States, killing our environment, killing this country. This is an act of terrorism. Obama does not stand behind this country, he stand behind oil, just like all the rest.

    "Boycott BP Oil. Fuck you Obama."

    Daath recording new album.
    Atheist to record new album.

    Unsigned old school Thrashers Tornado are currently looking for a label to release their debut album. Tornado hails from Athens, Greece, and released their debut "Fire at will" earlier this year. Several tracks from the cd is available at their MySpace site, along with information on how to order a copy.

    Christian glam rockers Stryper announced today that they will be hosting a 10-day tour of Israel from February 12-21, 2011. The VIP tour will be limited to 150 people. Stryper fans will be able to spend time with the band during the tour, with portions of the trip being filmed for an upcoming DVD. Vocalist / guitarist Michael Sweet issued the following statement about the package:

    "Oz, Robert, Tim and I are excited to go to Israel and see first-hand the birthplace of Christianity. And to be able to share this experience with some of our fans makes this even more incredible. The tour will visit the following locations in Israel: Caesarea: A city built by King Herod the Great, Mount Carmel: Where the prophet Elijah defeated the false prophets of Baal, Galilee Boat Ride: Where Jesus walked on the water, Caesarea Philippi: Where the disciple Peter first confessed Jesus as the Messiah, Nazareth Village: A recreation of a village at the time of Jesus, Jordan River Baptism: An opportunity for those who wish to be baptized in the Jordan River, Masada: Where the final Jewish revolt against the Romans took place, he Dead Sea: A chance to float in the most therapeutic waters in the world, Pools of Bethesda: Where Jesus healed the man who was lame for 37 years, Garden Tomb: The place of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Yad Vashem: Memorial to the Holocaust, Western Wall Tunnels: 60 feet below the modern city of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: The City of God, Mount of Olives: Where Jesus rode the donkey through the Eastern Gate, Garden of Gethsemane: Where Jesus prayed before He was betrayed by Judas, Western Wall: Holiest site in Judaism.

    "Due to limited availability, this trip will sell out quickly. Reservations can be secured for only $300. To register, please contact or 1-877-999-8868 ext 415. The cost for this unique travel opportunity is $3,299.00 per person, which includes airfare out of Los Angeles, New York or Toronto; hotel accommodations; all buffet breakfasts and dinners; air-conditioned transportation; an English-speaking tour guide and entrance fees to all of the sites. Price is based on double-occupancy and does not include airport tax, tip fee or lunch meals. For more information, please contact or 1-877-628-2800."

    According to MSNBC, Slipknot bassist and co-founding member Paul Gray was found dead this morning at 10:55. Police say a hotel employee found the 38-year-old Gray dead in a room Monday at the Town Plaza Hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. Foul play isn't suspected and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

    Paul Gray was born in the city of Los Angeles, California but his family would later relocate to Des Moines, Iowa. He began his music career as a member of such bands as Anal Blast and Vexx, amongst others. He was one of only three founding members of Slipknot to remain in the recent lineup of the band, along with percussionist Shawn Crahan and drummer Joey Jordison. The news of his death is made all the more tragic by the fact that he was expecting his first child this year with his wife Brenna.

    Read the full article at MSNBC.

    German heavy metal legends the Scorpions has announced that they are hoping to perform their last ever concert in June 2011, at the Borobuder Temple in Indonesia. "This concert will mark the end of the 45-year musical journey of the Scorpions. Their management agency has met us and expects the concert to be held in mid-June of 2011." Agus Canny, marketing director of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko told the Jakarta Globe on Monday. While the idea has been met with positive reaction so far, the temple's management company, Purnomo Siswo Prasetyo, will have to perform some tests at the site to see if iconic Buddhist site can with stand the volume of which the Scorpions are expected to play.

    From Nowhere
    FROM NOWHERE was born as a single-man project of Armando García,
    who was the leader and main songwriter of the Thrash-death metal band TRASCËNDENTAL in the 90´s.
    From Nowhere has now recorded a demo "Agony" that includes three new songs in advance of the release of
    their second CD.

    Read more about the band and how to get a copy of the demo at this location, you can also read more about the band here.


    Musica Diablo CD
    Brazilian thrash band, MUSICA DIABLO (featuring Sepultura vocalist, Derrick Green), is currently streaming their entire self-titled debut album online at Radio UOL. The album will be released on May 28th. Listen to it at Diablo


    Bonded By Blood logo
    “Blood Spilled Offerings,” a new song from USA thrash band, BONDED BY BLOOD, is currently streaming on the band’s Myspace page. The song is from the upcoming album, Exiled To Earth, to be released in North America on August 10 via Earache Records.



    Melbourne Groove core thrashers 4ARM have released their highly anticipated 2nd album titled 'The Empires Of Death'. Out through Green Distribution the album can be purchased online through i-tunes, Sanity or JB HI-FI. The band have also released a clip on you tube titled CARNAL National tour has began so check out web for further upcoming shows and news



    Legendary swiss Speed/Thrash band Drifter released the following news:

    Finally we finished the recordings of new songs. A few of them we put on a demo.

    01: The Clown
    02: Dream Eagle
    03: Tortured Brain

    The demo is not for sale and for promo use only.
    It is available for streaming in its entirety on our MySpace page

    All songs are selfproduced and recorded in our rehearsal room

    Enjoy it and.......


    Front man Juhani Palomäki of the Finnish funeral doom outfit, Colosseum sadly passes away.
    Isis have called it quits.
    German extreme metal band Death Of Desire has issued the following update regarding the arrest of their guitarist:

    "Our guitar player Morbid was arrested and has been taken into the SDCJ (San Diego Central Jail) in California, where he remains captive. We are uncertain of the charges being pressed and the sentence to be served."

    Wilhelm Curse of The Electric Hellfire Club has checked in with the following statement about allegations that Terrofakt band mate Ben DeWalt is involved with Nazism:

    "For any of the fans of the EHC who are into rhythmic noise and hard industrial; some of you may have heard the escalating rumor that Ben DeWalt, my friend, co-conspirator, and the founder of Terrofakt, is a Nazi. This could not be further from the truth. Ben has been our close friend for nearly 15 years, and we know that he is anything but a white supremacist. For the last few years I have had the privilege to play with Ben, as a member of Terrorfakt. During this time, I have come to know Ben much better than I ever did during the years that he represented the EHC. He is my close friend, and comrade in arms. He is a proud patriotic American, who firmly believes in the values that this great nation was founded on... among those being that all of us are created equal.

    "My time with Terrorfakt has introduced me to many other associated acts and musicians, and to Terrorfakt's fanatically loyal fan base, all being of various ethnic and even religious backgrounds. Accordingly, I can categorically deny that any of these accusations have any merit to them. This smear campaign against Ben is perpetuated by an Industrial music outcast named Rachel Mandelson. She is more 'popularly' known as the idiot behind 'Experiment Haywire.' She is an individual who has failed to garner any success on her own, and has taken to making slanderous and libelous accusations against a much more popular and successful act, in order to gain attention for herself.


    Cruel Force
    We've received the following message from Panzerkommando Records:

    "Fuckin finally the first full length of Germany's Black / Thrash Horde CRUEL FORCE ( - The Rise of Satanic Might - is unleashed. 9 Songs of purest Heavy Metal Death in the vein of old Venom, Nifelheim and Bathory as well as some live and rehearsal coversongs, that are only featured on this tape!


    Ordering form:"


    Classic progressive Thrash band Watchtower have released a preliminary mix of songs from their upcoming album Mathematics. The tunes can be heard on their Myspace. This is the first new material from Watchtower in twenty years. The band started back in 1982, and was among the first wave of original speed/thrash metal bands.


    One man solo-project haiduk has released an 8-song demo album- “plagueswept”. Haiduk which hails from Calgary, Canada, describes his music as a raw form of  thrash/death metal. On the artists homepage you can find several examples on Haiduk's music.


    German Thrashers FATAL EMBRACE upload first song of new album 'The Empires Of Inhumanity'!
    Fatal Embrace Thrash Metallers FATAL EMBRACE hailing from Berlin, Germany, are ready to release their new album The Empires Of Inhumanity!

    To give you a glimpse of their blend of Berlin Thrash Metal FATAL EMBRACE has uploaded the first song of their new album for your listening pleasure. Click on the band's MySpace (HERE) to stream the album opener Wake The Dead!


    Laceration, the bay area death-thrashers have just put up a free download of their new EP "Realms Of The Unconscious"
    and they also put one up for their older EP "Consuming Reality".
    Download from


    Legendary Bay Area manager Debbie Abono passed away. She was the mentor and manager to many Bay Area bands in the 80s, like Possessed, Forbidden and Vio-lence.



    Exhibit B: The Human Condition
    , the latest album by Bay Area thrash veterans EXODUS, is currently available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page. The album was officially releasaed today.

    The band will be featured on on May 18 & 19th with an additional feature on


    On june 2010 Nuclear (Thrash Metalheads from Chile) will release their 3rd studio album called 'Jehovirus'.


    Grave Digger Grave DiggerThe German Metal legends celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and present their fans with something special for this landmark in music history! Charismatic frontman Chris Boltendahl and his band members will perform their classic album "Tunes of War" in its entirety at this year's Wacken Open Air! Specials guests will be Doro Pesch, Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Van Canto! Headbangers may look forward to a lavish birthday party that will remain a night to remember for ages to come! Fans may find the complete press release HERE!


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    German thrashers DEW-SCENTED's new album, "Invocation" is streaming now, courtesy of Terrorizer, HERE.">Invocation" will be released this Tuesday, May 25th in North America via Prosthetic Records, May 21st in Germany and May 24th in the rest of Europe via Metal Blade Records.
    DEW-SCENTED were founded in 1992 and have released seven previous full lengths. The band has toured with a who's who of extreme music, including Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Behemoth, Kreator, Amon Amarth, Overkill and many more.


    The Big FourFor one night only, metalheads around the world can experience history: On Tuesday, June 22, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax perform on one stage together at the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event will be streamed live to selected movie theatres around the world. Check for more info.


    Athens, Ohio's blackened thrash masters, SKELETONWITCH have a busy summer lined up, as they've been tapped for Ozzfest, as well as a Canadian tour with HIGH ON FIRE.The band will be appearing on the second stage at Ozzfest along with former tour partners GOATWHOREand SAVIOURSand other acts including DEVILDRIVER, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and KINGDOM OF SORROW. The band is currently several weeks into a tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, which made a stop at the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, MA. That tour wraps up on the 15th in Tampa, FL.

    Ozzfest TV recently caught up with the guys at their show at the House of Blues in Hollywood. You can check out that footage, HERE. SKELETONWITCH did an interview with the people behind the "Rock Band Network" while at NE Metal Fest. You can read that, HERE ON THEIR BLOG


    Actor Christopher Lee, who has appeared in movies such as "Lord of the Rings," "The Wicker Man," and "Star Wars," has announced he will be releasing a symphonic metal album under the title "Charlemagne." The album is focused on the story of King Charlemagne, the First Holy Roman Emperor. Samples from the album, which will be released on March 15th, 2010, can be found at this location.

    The band also issued the following statement about the new album:

    "The Carandinis, Lee's maternal ancestors, were given the right to bear the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Through his Carandini ancestors, Christopher Lee has a direct link to Charlemagne, and has decided for the first time in his life to pay homage to his distinguished ancestor, who is credited as 'The Father of Europe'. Charlemagne is a concept album with original words and symphonic metal music. Composer Marco Sabiu, best known for his collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Take That, Pavarotti, Morricone, has created a truly epic canvas by introducing modern metal symphonies, in a style which resembles a movie score. Marie-Claire Calvet, a graduate from Bristol University, transports the listener into 'The Dark Ages', with a very powerful storyline and mesmerising lyrics. A full orchestra, heavy metal musicians, choir and special guest vocalists bring the legend of Charlemagne to life."


    For the past several years, attendees of Oslo's celebrated Inferno Festival have gotten to see some of the landmark places from the Norwegian Black Metal scene of the early '90s like the old Helvete record store on the black metal sightseeing bus.

    The tour also visits a rebuilt wooden church, once famously burned down by Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grishnackh), Euronymous and Bård 'Faust' Ethiun in 1992, before finishing up at the famous Neseblod Records, part record shop, part black metal museum.

    Contraband Candy recently shot a video of this tour, watchable here:

    “Betrayed” and “Coward”, new songs from Canadian thrash legends, ANNIHILATOR, are currently streaming on the band’s website.  The tracks are from the band’s upcoming, self-titled album to be released May 17th in Europe via Earache Records, Japan via Marquee, and Australia via Riot Entertainment. North American fans can visit the band’s website on May 15th for a link to purchase/download the CD. Listen to the songs at
    Devian promo
    “I Am The Serpent”, “Forever Crowned In Blasphemy”, and “Victimized”, 3 new songs from Swedish black metal/thrash band, DEVIAN, are currently streaming on the band’s Myspace page.Website:

    Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN continue their work at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California recording their upcoming new album Omega Wave.  Album artwork has been commissioned from Kent Mathieu (FORBIDDEN, Exodus, Autopsy, Exhorder).  The album is being produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero and Tim Narducci.  All tracks will be mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

    The song titles are:
    * Alpha Century
    * Forsaken at the Gates
    * Swine
    * Immortal Wounds
    * Hopenosis
    * Adapt or Die
    * Inhuman Race
    * Behind the Mask
    * Dragging My Casket
    * Overthrow
    * Omega Wave

    Demo versions of Adapt or Die and of Hopenosis can be heard at their Myspace:
    Early Graves San Francisco's Early Graves have completed their follow up to 2008's debut We: The Guillotine. Their new record, simply entitled Goner, is a ragged, pissed off amalgamation of heavy self-medication, yearlong blackouts and all the depression of an a thousand yard stare. The title track is available for streaming here -

    Combining the best elements of Hellacopters/Turbonegro rock n' roll with Black Flag's and Bad Brains' inspired hardcore with a crushing balance of both Morbid Angel's heaviness and the raw intensity of power violence pioneers Dropdead and Masskontroll, Early Graves have set the bar for complete, unhinged self destruction.

    "I don't know." states vocalist Makh Daniels, "I guess the record is about alcoholism and all the bullshit that comes with it. All the "why's?" and "How come's?" and our stupid fucking excuses for it. I can't say that this will be the heaviest record you've ever heard or the best recording or the most musically precise but I can say that at least, it's fucking honest."

    Goner was recorded at Louder Studios (Melvins, WITTR, Saviours) by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs/Nation of Ulysses) and Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering. Artwork was completed by Nat Damm Design (Monotonix, Akimbo, The Fucking Wrath).

    Goner will be released worldwide June 22nd, 2010 via Ironclad/Metal Blade Records. We: The Guillotine is available for purchase now on

    Album cover and track listing below:
    1. Goner
    2. Faith is Shit
    3. Old Bones
    4. Rot
    5. MayDay
    6. Wraiths
    7. Trauma
    8. Give Up
    9. Bastard Tears
    10. Harm

    ShrapnelShrapnel, the Aussie thrashers, have just released a new album "HELLBOUND".
    The sqaud was originally formed in Western Australia in 1999 by Andrew Doepel and Louis Rando, a duo who have been involved in many known Australian bands over the years (Dybbuk,Pagan,Nervecell (Dubai), The Furor,Millitant Mass,Choke,Vespers Descent,Pathogen,Mhorgl).
    Early 2010 saw the release of their first full length album entitled 'HELLBOUND', mixed by Perth's greatest metal producer, Aidan Barton.

    'HELLBOUND' delivers a top quality, relentless thrash attack that is capable of exiting even the most stubborn thrash metal purists!
    The album features four MENTAL tracks composed in the bands 1999 era, and four new MENTAL tracks written in 2009. Eight MENTAL tracks in total!!!!

    Pennsylvania thrashers Vulcan, has just uploded two new tracks to their MySpace site. The 5 piece Philadelphia based band takes pride in playing the purist, adrenaline driven metal there is... Thrash!
    Check out tunes and videos at

    German Thrash Metal veterans Vendetta, known from classic releases like "Brain damage" and "Go and live...stay and die", are scheduled to release a new album during the summer of 2010. 4 Songs for the next album are complete written and recorded.
    At the moment the band are assiduous with songwriting.

    Sanctuary reunite to record new album.

    Poland's Stos has issued the following statement about bassist Janusz Soloma dying on stage on May 8th, 2010:

    "The show of bands Animate, Stos and Crystal Viper scheduled for May 8, 2010 (Myslowice, Poland), will be remembered as one of the most sad and tragic ever. Janusz Soloma, the bass player of Stos, has died on stage in the middle of the show, after having heart attack. He was 48 years old. Janusz joined re-activated Stos in 2000, and played all the shows and recorded all the materials with the band since then. He joined on the other side the Stos guitarist Jan Kardas, who died in December 2006, after being diagnosed with cancer, earlier that year. In that case all gigs are canceled!"

    Bart Gabriel (Stos' manager between 2000 and 2004, current Crystal Viper manager) of Hard Rocker Management also commented: "Sometimes words can't express the real feelings, and we still can't believe in what happened. We are sharing the sadness and tears with the friends and family of Janusz, and of course with his band mates from Stos. This is simply unreal."


    In addition to having just been announced as one of the second stage acts on Ozzfest 2010, KATAKLYSM frontman has been keeping busy with another business venture: opening a pizzeria. States Iacono:

    "Growing up in an Italian family, you always know someone that owns a pizza joint. My father was a head chef in New York, so I kind of grew up with it as well. I chose the path of music, but somehow the restaurant business has come to find me. I’ve decided to open a pizzeria with a very good friend of mine, Saverio Donancricchia. His family has been in the pizza business for over 20 years in Chicago with Albano’s Pizzeria in Cicero. They’ve ranked as a Top 10 Chowdown Joints on ‘Top 101 Places in America’ by The Travel Channel, so needless to say, opening the #2 location has been keeping us very busy!!! We like to welcome all metalheads to come by Albano’s Pizzeria #2 and try our world famous giant pizza puffs! Bring in your Chicago-area concert ticket for any national tour and receive a discount on your order. Looking forward to unleashing the new KATAKLSYM album plus all the killer tours coming up with both KATAKLYSM and EX DEO."


    Fusion metal band Exivious calls it a day.
    Joey Belladonna rejoins Anthrax.

    The upcoming Sons of Fenris full-length album will be entitled "Þurh Mihstoz af Khalijaewhaz." The album is set to be released later this year via Scythe of Death Productions (vinyl) and Ætergap Productions (tapes). Sons of Fenris has checked in with the following comments on the album's track listing:

    "'Þurh Mihstoz af Khalijaewhaz' means 'Through the Mists of Heldrasil' in Proto-Germanic and the track list is: - Etanahaimezogrendijiz (Gates of Jotunheim): Ambiant track/intro - The Path towards the Abysmal Emptiness : A spiritual travel through both outer and inner dark worlds. - Death of the Four Pillars: It symbolically represents the final battle on Vígríðr and Their victory over the light. - Þeustrablotam (Dark Blot): A ritual for Them and Their infinite powers - Frihalsjaz þurh Biswarjan (Liberation through Invocation): This is a ritual ambiant track. An invocation written in Proto-Germanic for accelerating the anti-clockwise spiral of dark energies.

    "- Wahram eþ Muþspellaugaz (Eitr and Muspell flame): The combination of Eitr the divine poison of Nifelheim and the dark flames of Muspelheim. The True Self. - The Opening of the Void: Written by Orm. The end of the cosmic Illusion. - Þurisawulfaz bloðisojanan (Thursian Wolf Blot): Trollaukin. Possession by the Rageful Beasts of the Ironwoods. Transformation. Primordial Rage. - Dauþaz af Ansiwiewhaz (Death of Yggdrasil): Ambiant track/outro."

    You can also check out Sons of Fenris tracks through the band's MySpace page.


    A German trainee high school teacher has been warned that he will be dismissed if he refuses to give up his role in death metal band, Debauchery. The 29 year old Thomas Gurrath is training to become a teacher in politics, history and ethics at Hegel Gymnasium in the city of Stuttgart, but is known in the local metal scene as "The Bloodbeast," his stage name with Debauchery, who feature naked, blood smeared women in their act.

    He has now been given the ultimatum to choose between teaching and death metal as education authorities have told Gurrath he will have to give up the teacher traineeship he began on January 1 unless he quits his band.

    Clemens Homoth-Kuhs, spokesman for the regional education authorities, told the Daily Bild: "We have in the end agreed that Mr Gurrath is now to stop his traineeship, but have told him that he can start again under certain conditions."


    There's a lot going on in the Deftones camp. First, the band just announced that they will perform a Myspace Secret Show on May 8 at Teatro Tivoli in Lisbon. Doors open at 22:00, first come first served.

    The Deftones will also perform an hour long global webcast live from Dallas on May 4th, 2010. The band will perform live and take questions from fans who log into USTREAM.TV/DEFTONES on May 4th at 5pm PST / 8pm EST.

    Ten years ago Deftones broke boundaries by being one of the first artists to broadcast a live show online on the day of their White Pony release. With a new album, Diamond Eyes dropping on May 4th 2010 the band will do it again, but this time with crowd participation. Before their live performance fans questions will be answered live on their release day at USTREAM.TV/DEFTONES.


    Polish Black-Thrash band Bloodwritten released a free 4-track EP, called "Whore".

    Anger As Art

    LA Thrashers Anger As Art are about to release their "Live Dissent" DVD in may.

    Here`s the song "Anger is a gift":

    Dead To This World
    “Sacrifice”, a new song from Norwegian thrash/black metal band, DEAD TO THIS WORLD, is currently streaming on the band’s Myspace page.. The track is from the band’s upcoming album, to be released via Vàn Records, later this year.

    BloodwrittenPolish blackened thrashers BLOODWRITTEN have just unleashed their „Whore” EP for digital download. Here are the links:
    mp3 version:
    CD audio version:
    The coverart was created by a Californian artist Hilary Keller


    Tampa, Florida thrash/death metal band GENERICHRIST has joined forces with extreme metal label AreaDeath Productions to release their new special limited edition album titled Mindumpster. The album will also feature the artwork of Florida underground artist Mark Cooper.
    The Mindumpster album features a revamped line-up ed by the founder and frontman Tony Anderson (Skintomb) and Dave Bizzigotti (Ripping Corpse).

    MidianMidian, this prime Thrash Metal outfit from New Jersey, USA, split up in 1992 then reformed and split up in 2008 and then reformed again in 2010. They released two demos in 1989, under the MERCENARI moniker and then changed their name to MIDIAN in 1990. "Thrashology" is a 2CD collection that includes everything that MIDIAN has released up to date. Here you will find both MERCENARI demos from 1989, the 1990 and both 1991 demos from MIDIAN, plus some rare material like live recordings and videos, rehearsals and unreleased songs. This is oldschool Thrash Metal, insanely fast,
    ultra-aggressive, technical, full of memorable riffs and then some.

    Poison singer Bret Michaels is conscious after emergency surgery on Thursday evening following a brain hemorrhage.
    You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer Devon Clifford has died after collapsing during the bands gig in Vancouver on Friday (April 16).

    Clifford, 30, was rushed to hospital after apparently suffering from a brain haemorrhage.

    NECROPHAGIA has recently finished the song writing for their new album "Deathtrip 69." Here's the latest update from the band, "The new material sounds like it should have chronologically followed 'Season of the Dead' Consisting of very dark and heavy riffs interwoven with audio horror and inhuman vocals . Killjoy is full of praises for the new line up and says that although it's been a very long time since the band has been active it's the beginning of a rollercoater ride into horror hell! Inspiration is at an all time peak and having known guitarist Boris Randall for over 20's years makes things alot easier when it comes song writing because we are always thinking in the same direction musically."

    "Another element brought back to Necrophagia is lead guitar passages courtesy of Randall. Songs definately set to appear are as follows 'Beast with Feral Claws,' 'Suffering Comes in Sixes,' 'Naturan Demonto,' 'Reborn through Black Mass,' 'A Funeral for Solange' and 'Tomb with a View.' Necrophagia will mark their return on June 26th 2010 headling the Firewalk Metal Meltdown Festival in Milwaukee. Next up 'Deathtrip 69' this Fall along with a U.S/Canadian tour with THE MOST legendary black metal band from Norway (bands and dates will be announced very shortly) A demo version of 'Beast with Feral Claws' will be world premiered on the Necrophagia MySpace Page Saturday April 24th 2010."


    Guitarist Lee Altomare of New York's The Communion passed away on April 16th 2010, due to complications from eye surgery. The band issued the following statement about his passing:

    "Yesterday morning, Lee passed away due to complications from eye surgery. We are all deeply wounded, white and shaking with shock, by this sudden loss of our great friend. He brought us all together. He brought out the best in us, enabled and encouraged us to be at our absolute best in music and life. I personally cannot imagine being where i am today without all Lee put together.

    "I say all this with zero hyperbole, and those who knew him best no doubt feel the same way we do at this moment. Our hearts go out to his amazing family and all his friends, as well as anyone whose supported us in the last 6 years. Know that Lee loved, appreciated, and cared about all of you very much, as do we. We'll miss you forever."


    Blackened death metallers Acheron have checked in with the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

    "After 22 years of existence, black/death/thrash metal band Acheron are calling it quits! The band has released 5 original full length cds, 3 mini-cds, 1 cover-tribute cd and a number of other underground releases. Acheron will end on a familiar note by doing one last run of 'Rites of the Black Mass' shows until January 1st, 2010. After that Acheron will be done for good! (No more shows or albums.)

    "So keep an eye out for select shows that they will be appearing at this year, because it will be the last time you get to see them live! The line-up for the final shows will be Vincent Crowley (Vocals/Bass), Art Taylor (Guitar), Eric Stewart (Guitar) and Scott Pletcher (Drums)."

    You can also hear Acheron's music via the band's official MySpace page.

    On May 11th, Bon Jovi will re-release their classic studio albums as special editions (Island/Universal Music Canada). Each of the band’s first ten albums: 'Bon Jovi', '7800° Fahrenheit', 'Slippery When Wet', 'New Jersey', 'Keep The Faith', 'These Days', 'Crush', 'Bounce', 'Have A Nice Day' and 'Lost Highway' – will feature the original studio album tracks, plus era-specific live recordings included as bonus tracks.
    2 Cents to tour with Korn on Jagermeister music tour.
    Prog death-blacksters Locusta release debut.
    Despite the disruptions caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption, Metallica are carrying on with their European tour. As a result of the ash cloud from the volcano, the band has been unable to use its private plane to travel from show to show. Instead of postponing gigs, the band has decided to travel around Europe by bus and even by boat, something it hasn't done since the early days of the group.
    Meat Loaf's-new-single "Like-a-rose" (featuring Jack Black)-can-now-be-streamed-on-aol-spinner.

    Diabolical Demon Director

    After several demos over eight years finally "The Demon Chamber" EP CD is unchained on Graveyard Shift.
    Six tracks of Aussie Heavy Thrash Metal Poison.
    Bangers into Destruction, Sodom, Poison (Ger), Venom, & Running Wild, etc. should take interest.

    Chain Of Dogs
    Dutch polka thrashers Chain of Dogs are working on their first full-length, "Gebroake, Gehange en Gewroake", scheduled for a release in the fall of 2010.

    Evil Umbrella
    German thrash metallers Evil Umbrella has uploaded new tunes to their MySpace profile. The band are currently looking for gigs all over germany. Listen to the new tunes, and interact with the band through their MySpace or at


    Brazilian Thrash/Metal band Facinora, would like to introduce its new track list on their debut album named “Hell Is Here”.

    Their new album cover was designed by a known fellow artist by the name of Jobert Mello. His work can also be seen on other bands’ album covers such as: Sabaston, Shadowside, Paul Rodgers, Gravedigger, among others.

    This album will also feature a special appearance by legendary guitarist Mark, from the infamous band Chakal.

    Tracks from "Hell Is Here" and "Source Of Madness" are available for listening at:

    German underground thrashers Victim has uploaded new material on their MySpace site.
    The Weimar thrashers are also looking for bookers that are interested in them. The band can be contacted at victim-of-stress©

    Please take a moment to watch the following films:
    -Zeitgeist : The Movie
    -Zeitgeist: Addendum
    -The Zeitgeist Movement Video Orientation

    "Zeitgeist was created in the hope that it will inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critial perspective, and to relay the understanding that very often, things are not what the population at large thinks they are. The rue understanding of events, both historical and modern are crucial to the development, awareness, and spirituality of the human condition. Zeitgeist is an expose on the social fallacies that currently plague this fundamental progress by way of critically analysing common political, religious and economic understandings which most have assumed to be true."                   

              Peter Joseph - Creator of Zeitgeist

    Since its release in June 2007, Zeitgeist, The Movie has become the become the most daily viewed feature-length film in Internet history, with a source combined total of views averaging around 70,000 views per day or 2.1 million views per month. Translated into over 10 languages thus far, Zeitgeist has sparked dramatic controversy and debate around the world. Thie film received the top award from the 4th annual Activists Film Festival in 2007, and has independently been screened in dozens of countries.



    Guitarist Samoth of the new defunct acts Emperor and Zyklon is auctioning off his Jackson Randy Rhoads through ebay. Samoth issued the following statement about the auction and the historical value of the guitar:

    "Having been an official ESP endorsee for several years now, Samoth has now decided to Ebay
    his classic Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar. This is your chance to own a true piece of Emperor history! This Jackson Randy Rhoads has been one of Samoth's main guitars many years, both in the studio and on the road. It can be heard on such Emperor recordings as 'IX Equilibrium', 'Prometheus' and even seen on the live DVD's 'Emperial Live Ceremony', 'Live at Wacken'. It has also been used on all the Zyklon album recordings, and can also been seen on the Zyklon live DVD 'Storm Detonation', as well as both Zyklon music video's 'Psyklon Aeon' and 'Core Solution'."

    The information on the guitar is as follows:

    Model: RR-1 Randy Rhoads USA. Neck-thru body, ebony fretboard with shark-tooth inlays
    Bridge: Floyd Rose Orig.
    Pickups: Seymore Duncan
    Colour: Black
    Production year: 1998
    Serialnr: U06757

    The upcoming "Iron Man 2" video game is currently set to be released through Sega on May 4, 2010 on the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PS3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS. Sega has now announced that the game will feature several metal bands on the game's soundtrack. According to a press release the game will have tracks from Meshuggah, Stem, and Soilwork. The release did not state which tracks from the bands would be included. More information on the game can be found at this location.

    Narnia calls it a day.
    Type 0 Negative's Peter Steele passes away.
    The Smashing Pumpkins will release a brand new song called "Astral Planes" today as a free download on the Amoeba Records website. It is just one of forty-four songs on the band's "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope" project. "Astral Planes" is the last song to be released ahead of the release of 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Volume 1: Song For A Sailor', due out on May 25th.
    In 2004 guitarist Marc Torretti and drummer Mättu Eschmann formed Contorsion. The Band name Contorsion was created out of two words; "Contortion" and "Vision", standing for some kind of contorted, twisted vision.
    DuriContortionng 2009 the band recorded independently song material under the title "Solace Trough Lies" in their rehearsal room. The mixing of "Solace Through Lies" took place at the SOS Basement Studio in Oberentfelden (Switzerland), while the mastering of the eleven songs was left in the capable hands of Alexander Dietz (Naera, Maroon, Heaven Shall Burn, Misery Index) at Chemical Burn Audio Solutions-Studio in Saalfeld (Germany). Release: 29. Januar 2010 / Distribution Switzerland: Non Stop Music. Several songs from this release are now uploded to the bands MySpace site.
    After being kept in total secret for as long as nearly a quarter of a century, far from the reach of mortals, one of the most evil and uncompromising sounding Death/Thrash demos ever is going to be unleashed by Israhellbanger Records in the classic tape format, exactly as it should have been done back in 1986, when it was recorded! POSSESSED by the will to KREATE total chaos and SODOMy, these 3 young Israeli maniacs forged a demo that makes MORBID VISIONS sound like ARISE! BESTIAL DEATH created the vortex of sonic violence that is SUICIDE OF THE IMMORTAL by practicing the methods of destruction used only in South America back in those days, by such acts as VULCANO, PARABELLUM and PENTAGRAM. Expect 5 utterly raw and chaotic sounding rituals of blasphemy that spit on all the nowadays technical and sterile sounding so-called “extreme metal”. SUICIDE OF THE IMMORTAL is scheduled to be released in June 2010 on pro-tape, featuring a 1” logo pin and an A4 poster. No “special” versions, no efforts to raise the “quality” of the sound and no compromises will be made, a genuinely extreme Metal demo that sounds like a genuinely extreme Metal demo is what you’ll get! Feel free to check out 2 tunes from this upcoming release "Nuclear Hell" and "Bestial Death" at the band's MySpace and pages!
    Morbid Carnage

    Hungarian thrash metal miscreants Mörbid Carnage recently completed the recording of debut full-length, "Night Assassins", to be released via Singapore-based Pulverised Records later this year. "Night Assassins" features seven tracks of raw, molten, '80s-inspired hell thrash that reek of beer, evil, burning embers and empty graves.

    StridentIsrahellbanger Records has sent us the following message:

    The first EVER full-length Thrash Metal album of an Israeli band, STRIDENT's "ON THE AIM", will be released in around a week! Since the end of April - it will also be available through ISRAHELLBANGER RECORDS (;, who is going to be the main distributor.

    As strange as it gets - STRIDENT's music can be best describe as "Israeli Korrozia Metalla"! Their sound combines both classic US and German Thrash influences, a vocalist with very strong Russian accent and a big dose of fun and genuine Rock N' Roll feeling! The album is going to feature 11 tracks and will be self-released on totally pro-printed CD's with 8-page booklet. Labels and distros - feel free to contact about wholesales.

    Click here to check out the first EVER video-clip of an Israeli Thrash band,
    which is STRIDENT's clip to their song "TO BEER OR NOT TO BEER":

    Fatal Embrace

    German Thrashers FATAL EMBRACE are about to release their new album
    "The Empires Of Inhumanity" on 8th of June.

    Here's the tracklist:

    1. The Last Prayer (intro)
    2. Wake The Dead
    3. Nothing To Regret
    4. Haunting Metal
    5. Another Rotten Life
    6. Empires Of Inhumanity
    7. Into Your Face
    8. Rapture For Disaster
    9. The Prophecy
    10. Way To Immortality
    11. Ravenous
    12. Killers (IRON MAIDEN-Cover; Bonustrack)


    WarmbloodPunishment 18 Records is proud to announce the deal with Italian death metallers WARMBLOOD, for the release Grieversof their second full length. From the swedish mood of the beginning, passing through thrash flavour, Warmblood are now addicted to classic American death metal, taking inspiration from the most representative acts. More news, artwork and tracklist in the next weeks.

    Along with Warmblood, melodic death metallers GRIEVERS join the family; recently formed, they're ready to show us their lethal mix of thrash and melodic death, with their debut album entitled "Reflecting Evil", containing 8 new tracks in the vein of the North European legends.

    Punishment 18 Records is glad to welcome Warmblood and Grievers in its roster!

    Stay tuned for details, keep the metal faith alive!

    - Warmblood -

    - Grievers -
    With Britain currently under a cloud of ash jetting into the stratosphere by the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland, a host of acts can't make it to the Coachella festival.

    The U.S. military has been using heavy metal in their fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, according the Associated Press. Here's an excerpt of the article:

    US special forces have a novel weapon in the fight to expel Taliban from a desolate and war-weary farming community in southern Afghanistan -- heavy metal music.

    When insurgents open fire in Marjah, an armoured vehicle wired up to powerful speakers blasts out country, heavy metal and rock music so loudly it can be heard up to two kilometres (one mile) away.

    The playlist has been hand-selected to annoy the Taliban, according to one US special forces officer.

    "Taliban hate that music," said the sergeant involved in covert psychological operations, or "psy ops", in the area in Helmand province.

    In fact, this is not a "novel weapon," as special ops have been using these tactics for years. This part was priceless though:

    "How effective the method is in sending the Taliban running for cover is difficult to tell, but local children certainly don't like it -- many of them cover their ears from the onslaught of loud bass guitars and drums."

    Read the full article at Associated Press.


    The Central Iowa City View website has posted a story online about 25 people who aren't running for governor of Iowa but should be. Somehow Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot made the list. An excerpt from the article can be viewed below.

    Shawn Crahan, one of the Slipknot guys, loves his native state and has lots of ideas on how to attract young people. (He’s 40.) He’s smart, thoughtful and creative, and he understands the Iowa culture — and what’s right and what’s wrong about it. He’d be an exciting leader. Who wouldn’t want to boast that the governor has a band called Dirty Little Rabbits. Besides, when dealing with the Legislature, he simply could put on his clown mask — so he could fit right in.

    Read the full article at City View.

    The waiting is almost over. It is only a week ahead until the much lauded new SICK OF IT ALL album "Based On A True Story" will hit stores on April 19th. To help you suffer trough the last couple of days, you can NOW exclusively listen to the ENTIRE NEW ALBUM on the bands MySpace!

    Tom Araya is Back!
    Tom's first post-surgery interview is now posted on AOL Noisecreep's ''Creep Show."
    Watch the full interview podcast here

    San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have uploaded “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” - a new track off their ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition - onto their MySpace player.

    DEAD REPRISE set to release CD/LP (feat HF of Ringworm) in July!

    Swedish hardcore band DEAD REPRISE will enter the legendary Abyss Studio (Celtic Frost, Dark Funeral, Hypocrisy) with producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, ex-Carnal Forge) to record their 2nd full length in May. The new effort is entitled ”THE UNVEILING” and will be out on the 24th of July through Monument Records in Europe and Get This Right in the US. The official release show is on the 24th of July in Linköping, Sweden with one of their main influences Earth Crisis, who are back on swedish soil for the first time since 1997. ”The Unveiling” features 11 tracks including the track ”The Famine” with Human Furnace of Ringworm on guest vocals. Follow Dead Reprise in the studio on their blog on in May!

    Drummer Anders states: ”We’re more than happy to enter the studio with Jonas Kjellgren again! He recorded our last two releases ”Death Of A Nation” (DVI) and our first full length ”Day Of Defiance” (GSR) and we can’t be more satisfied with that sound. This time we feel stronger and more focused than ever. Patrick grown a lot with his lyrics as he explored some material about ”the Four Horsemen” that will be the theme on this album. Im proud to have a true legend like HF of Ringworm screaming a couple of lines on our record and satisfied to have Dave Quiggle from N.I.V. doing the artwork. It’s all going to turn out as a great package of good quality swedish hardcore and im excited to work with long time friends at Monument Records and Dave Heck (ex-Palehorse) and John Bowes (CDC) new label Get This Right handling the release overseas. Be on the lookout for ”The Unveiling” on the 24th of July!”

    Asgardian thunder is shaking the very foundations of Midgard in celebration of the 25th anniversary of THOR’s “Only The Strong”! This anniversary is marked with the release of the album, remastered and including bonus surprises.

    Resurrected late ’80s/early ’90s death metallers PESTILENCE have posted a new song called “amgoD” to their MySpace page.

    Pain of Salvation new album to be released in May in a standard and a deluxe edition digipack.
    The eminent metal outfit ARMA GATHAS has posted the second song for their debut album Dead To This World to be released the 23rd/26th of April, 2010!

    Click HERE to check out New Savior!

    In other news ARMA GATHAS has pimped their MySpace profile so go the link above to check it out!

    Dead To This World consists of 13 songs, ranging from bludgeoning aggression and frustration in its purest form to atmospheric interludes and music pieces.

    ARMA GATHAS is former CATARACT guitarist Simon Fülleman, ex-BORN FROM PAIN singer Ché Snelting, MACHINEMADE GOD and ex-CORNELIUS guitarist Marc Niedersberg, ex- DISLOYAL drummer and talented drum student Max van Winkelhof and Alex Härtel on bass. They recorded their debut album Dead To This World in November 2009 at the Barracs studios together with Sky Hoff as a producer, who worked with Caliban in the past. Mastering was done by the legendary Alan Douches at the West West Side Studio in New York together with Simon in early December.

    Dead to this World track listing:
    1. Antagonist
    2. The rise and fall
    3. Losing hope
    4. The lies of man
    5. The damage done
    6. Liberate me
    7. Depopulation
    8. New savior
    9. Generation Doom
    10. Protagonist
    11. God's Wrath
    12. Constant Hunt for Blood
    13. Our last goodbye - our final breath

    The ARMA GATHAS debut Dead To This World will be released as a limited Digipak on the 23rd / 26th of April in Europe and the 27th of April in North America!
    Fit of Frustration
    US Thrashers Fit Of Frustration has just posted an instrumental track called Frantic Nightmares from the record (entitled "No Questions Answered") they're currently recording. According to the band the record will contain 9 or 10 songs of pissed crossover thrash and a maybe a cover or two.

    California's Ritual calls it quits.

    Known for his multiple costume changes during live performances, Behemoth’s Nergal has signed on Lady Gaga as Behemoth’s official costume designer. The decision came when Nergal decided that he was “spending more time on his costumes and less time on the Behemoth sound.” The change will “allow him to focus less on how evil he looks and more on how evil he sounds.”

    Reportedly, Nergal was impressed and subsequently contacted Gaga while watching Gaga’s “Poker Face” video. “I was fascinated by the variety and colors used [by Gaga] and immediately knew that was the direction I wanted Behemoth’s costumes to take.” Gaga was reportedly ecstatic to accept the offer and is “a big fan of the band” and has been following their career for several years. “Their image intrigues me and I’m excited to see where I can take this opportunity” stated Gaga. It’s reported that she will make much use of “lace and sequins”.

    It’s rumored that there are future plans for a Behemoth/Gaga collaborative EP in the future, but that has yet to be confirmed.


    Shock rocker turned movie director Rob Zombie caused a stir in Hollywood today after he announced that his next movie will be a blaxploitation film. Defying the critics, Zombie stated, "It's no secret that I love pretty much everything from the 1970s and after doing a few horrors in the vein of those times, I felt it was time to expand my horizons. The 1970s Blaxploitation films are considered some of the decades real classics by underground film fans such as myself and I want to introduce the genre to a new generation."

    The movie, reportedly entitled, "Black Zombie," is said to have a story revolving around a pimp named Slick Back and his best friend, a blind barber simply known as "Spot." One day while walking past a Chinese restaraunt, Slick Back discovers the ancient "Hong Kong Book Of Kung Fu" and trains himself to a near perfect understanding of the martial art. However, while Slick Back is training and Spot is trying to discover why he keeps accidentally cutting peoples ears off, an evil corporation led by it's President Crackor S. Honkey, is planning to demolish the local hospital for disabled children and replace it with a ballroom dancing school. No further details have been revealed as of yet, though it's expected Zombie's wife Sheri Moon Zombie will appear in the film.

    However, Rob Zombie has vehemently denied that the film will contain any traces of comedy, stating, "I learned my lesson from the El Superbeasto movie."

    You can expect, "The Itus" to hit the screens around December but in the meantime, a trailer for the movie can be seen at this location.

    EletriKaBrazilian metallers EletriKa has posted the following message:

    "v3.1beta" is a NEW version of the EletriKa album "S.O.B." soon to be released in the North American market. It features re-recordings of the songs "Hey Mister" and "Give It Back" , which have been enriched by new arrangements and powerful interpretation by Ney Melo, new EletriKa singer. It also includes a new version of "Zombie Factory" with some new voice takes, new mix and mastering, and "Roda o Pe", a tune extracted from "V.S.F.", Eletrika's previous album. The other songs were completely re-mastered and have had some mix changes. We hope you enjoy "S.O.B./v3.1beta". Thanks a lot for the attention and support. Keep in touch."
    Download link


    Varg Vikernes, the mastermind behind one man black metal outfit Burzum, and once described as "the most notorious metal musician of all time" has once again managed to throw the metal community into a complete state of shock, as he announced today that he will be appearing in a series of commercials, posters and viral advertisements for soft drink giant, Pepsi Cola. In a deal made earlier this week, Vikernes agreed to a contract that will personally gurantee him over $5 million with more money a possibility. A statement from a Pepsi spokesperson reads as follows:

    "In the past we have featured such iconic musicians as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears and the Spice Girls, but when thinking about our history with such acts, we realised that there are plenty of others who love the sweet taste of Pepsi, but are put off by our use of chart topping acts. So to make it up to lovers of great music and cola, we decided to reach out into the black metal community, one of the most underground forms of music, to help us reach a broader market. We were delighted when Mr. Vikernes agreed to promote Pepsi and eagerly await working with him."

    Vikernes has defended his decision to work with the company, explaining how he believes it is in no way selfish to want what it is best for ones family and that since he no longer wants to be associated with black metal, he has not sold out the beliefs or image of the genre.

    Rumour has it that following the partnership, other companies have begun seeking musicians from hard rock and heavy metal to endorse their products. Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Corey Taylor of Slipknot have both had their names mentioned as people that have been supposedly meeting with advertising execs but the only confirmations so far is that Motorhead mainman Lemmy will be endorsing and shooting a commercial for Jack Daniels whiskey and that AC/DC guitarist Angus Young will be appearing in a series of commercials for British supermarket chain Asda's "Back To School" sale this Summer.

    Vincet Furnier, vocalist from the classic shock rock band Alice Cooper, has claimed recently that he is a born-again Satanist. Currently on tour with Rob Zombie, the rocker commonly referred to as Alice Cooper told that years of being a born-again Christian had become boring and he was looking for a change, “I used to think that Christianity was the path to salvation, and that golfing was a great sport. But when I dug up that old Black Sabbath record ‘We Sold Our Soul for Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ I saw the light. The black light.”
    Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have confirmed the dreams of many of their fans across the globe today, when they announced that the "classic" lineup of the band, vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera, drummer Igor Cavalera, bassist Paulo Xisto Jr. and guitarist Andreas Kisser, will be reuniting later this year for a world tour.
    Dave Mustaine fires bassist Dave Ellefson after a month from his reunion.
    Phil Anselmo, the lead singer of New Orleans supergroup Down and former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has announced that he will soon start work on his autobiography. He will be working on the book with Corey Mitchell of MetalSucks.

    Beloved British actor and adventurer Brian Blessed, who appeared in such films as "Flash Gordon," "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" and "Alexander," announced today that he will be releasing an album of original metal songs. Speaking on the issue, Blessed said:

    "I first gained an interest in rock music when Queen did the soundtrack to Flash Gordon. I followed their career from then on and discovered many other bands in rock and heavy metal that I really enjoyed. I appeared on an album called 'Beneath The Failed Embrace' by a British power metal band called Pythia and after talking to the boys in the band and seeing how much fun they were having, I decided that creating my own heavy metal record would be something I would very much like to have a stab at but felt that the idea of a noted actor doing such a thing would be mocked. My mind was changed a few months ago however, when Christopher Lee revealed his metal project, Charlemagne. I definitely have to thank Christopher for making the first move with his record, as it gave me the courage to do the same. My album is entitled 'Scaling The Summit' and raws influence from a number of historical topics, as well as poetry, literature and everyday life."

    "Scaling The Summit" is expected to be released sometime in late September and has been described as "Sonata Arctica meets Pantera" by those who have heard the material. The album also boasts a large number of appearances from metal musicians including Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Motorhead guiarist Phil Campbell among other names that have yet to be revealed. More unusual news about the album is that not one, but two of Britains most loved comedians will also be contributing to album as stand-up comic, presenter and multi instrumentalist Bill Bailey revealed that he has recorded the guitar and bass tracks for much of the album, while Al Murray, best known for his role as The Pub Landlord handled the drum work on every track.

    For those of you not familiar with Brian Blessed, you can check out his infamous appearance as the host of British topical comedy quiz, "Have I Got News For You" below.


    Last week Pantera’s rarely heard Christmas album was leaked online, amidst speculation that frontman Phil Anselmo is finally ready to resurrect this oft rumoured yuletide release. In a recent interview, Anselmo described the huge impact the season of giving had on Pantera when they were together, describing how seasonal cheer implicitly shaped their earlier records, urging them to duplicate some of their groundbreaking songs and translate them to a more Christmassy feel. These tracks were largely unknown as they were buried before the band’s ultimate demise. Themes of a religious nature already permeate the muddy waters of the self proclaimed kings of metal, explicitly stated in songs like Heresy and Hellbound, or subtly embedded in the sounds of this old-school, as yet unreleased album, in songs Primal Concrete Elf, We’ll Grind That Axe for Jesus, and Resurrection.

    Pantera’s religious images have always leant more towards the satanic than the nativity. Their music has expressed the excruciating isolation of addiction and rage of post-glam heavy metal, their albums constantly shaped by themes of redemption and death. These old Christmas recordings, buried in the attic of Vinnie Paul, show the softer side of Pantera. The album combines the ferocity of the blasting with the brutality of the shredding, but with a new sonic depth added by the incorporation of sleigh bells into the song Mistletoe and Methadone, as well as the first cover of Jingle Bells to involve double kicks. This album sets the benchmark for metal Christmas albums, and is more daring and complex than other releases like it; Slayer’s ‘Tis the Seasons of the Abyss , Poison’s Poison Christmas, and Hatebreed’s It’s Christmas Let’s Do Windmills.

    Have a very metal Christmas.

    Track List:
    1. Mistletoe and Methadone
    2. Goddamn Santa
    3. We’ll Grind that Axe for Jesus
    4. Good friends and a Bottle of Eggnog
    5. Primal Concrete Elf
    6. Psycho Holiday
    7. Resurrection


    Two years after Glen's close encounter with Bigfoot, the Deicide frontman is now claiming to have seen yet another mythological creature, The Easter Bunny. Not only that but Glen has claimed to have killed the Easter's most recognizable symbol.

    "I want y'all to know that I was attacked by a giant rabbit in my own home. The thing was six feet tall, and kicked like a motherfucker. When I realized that this thing was to tough for me to fight hand to hand, I ran upstairs and grabbed my shotgun and shot the thing full of buckshot. Took three shots at point blank before the bastard went down. I'm keeping his head as a trophy."

    After calling Florida Wildlife, the area was checked and tracks are said to have been found. Glen's experience was documented as an official sighting. Florida Wildlife is currently running DNA tests on the head to see if it is indeed genuine.

    Yet this hasn't stopped many from wondering if this Sunday has been ruined for billions of children worldwide.

    "He took my candy!" Says a five-year-old named Jenny, distraught at hearing the story of Benton murdering the holiday's most beloved figure. "I want the bunny back! Glen Benton is a poopy-head."

    As far as parents, Jenny's father Steve is currently trying to convince his daughter that the holiday is about more than a rabbit bringing her a basket full of candy. "Shame on this Glen Benton. My daughter cried herself to sleep last night when she heard that the Easter Bunny died. This is the most horrible day of her life and I hope that he realizes the consequences of what he's done."


    In a recent interview discussing how Cradle of Filth would be composing the music for the next Twilight film, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer accidentally let slip that she herself had been moonlighting as a musical writer for various Scandinavian metal bands. Although she indicated that she’d written several albums the only release she would openly admit to was Swallow the Sun’s latest CD. “It’s true,” she stated, “bands have been approaching me to write their music because they’ve run out of ideas. Satan isn’t selling to pre-teen girls so they needed a fresh take. I’m really surprised no one figured it out, I mean it’s even called ‘New Moon’ for Joseph Smith’s sake!” She wouldn't divulge whether the band was officially team Jacob or team Edward.

    When vocalist Mikko Kotamäki was asked if Meyer was involved in the Barren Earth EP “Our Twilight” he reportedly collapsed into a fetal position and began sobbing “Why do they have to sparkle? Why oh why do they have to sparkle?” Other bands are expected to come forward soon and admit Meyer had a hand in their recent releases.


    The Florida thrashers have 4 new tracks on their myspace. This is the full EP "Cast Into Filth", coming out May 22nd on Slaney Records.

    Eternal Ruin bassist has passed away.
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  • Carlos Lichman news: New 1:

    It’s an honor to me confirm the second guest player in my new Record!
    It’s American blues legend VERNON NEILLY. Vernon participated on the song “BALLET”. His melodic lead guitar makes me listen to his solo during hours! Amazing playing!

    News 2:
    Today, I did an interview to GUITAR MIND web site (one of the most respected web sites from Brazil). I talked about my last and my brand new Cd. I’m writing guitar lessons to this web site too. You can check the interview and the lesson in the links below:



    News 3:

    Now, CD Firestorm can be purchased all over the world now throught

    News 4:

    Master class - April, 5th
    Where: Estação Musical (Rua Schiller, 14 - Porto Alegre)
    Schedule: 7:30 p.m.
    Ticket: Free!

    Watch John Bush and Joey Vera cooking at the following location:
    British punk pioneers GBH have posted "Kids Get Down" - a brand new song from the upcoming album “Perfume and Piss”- on their MySpace page:

    The band, that just signed with Hellcat Records, will release their eleventh studio album on April 5th.


    New Jersey Power-Thrash band HORRIFIER have signed with german underground label Witches Brew. Release of the debut full-length "Grim Fate" is planed for May 2010.


    Vocalist Vorskaath of Greece metal act Zemial has issued the following update about making an appearance in an upcoming book about black metal:

    "I was recently honoured with an in invitation to contribute to the upcoming book: Black Metal (R)evolution. As Black Metal courses through its third decade of existence, the music and ideals behind this social phenomenon have become subject to review and investigation: 'Spawned by Venom, channelled by Bathory and proselytized with equal degrees of worship, obsession and homage by Euronymous of Mayhem, there is an ordered evolution that Black Metal has undertaken since the opus that bears its namesake was vomited forth in 1982.

    "'Black Metal is not simply a musical style; it is a cult, a religion, a malignant manifestation with one unifying theme - its exponents are all acolytes of those conjurations which preceded their own. Be that the chaotic rampage of Venom, the morbid primitivism of Hellhammer, the esoteria of Burzum, or the ritual of Von, Black Metal's present, just like its future, pays tribute to its past. And while the noise may diverge from one band to another, and the philosophy may bear factional witness, the past will always reflect on the present. The purpose of this book is to invite artists to discuss the virtue of their most revered BM albums. The most engaging offerings will be featured in the book along with in-depth interviews with some of the instigators of the first wave of BM, where we will explore their points of view on those long influential records.'

    "The book is scheduled to be released in late 2010 and features submissions by many of Black Metal’s most distinguished bands and personalities past and present; from the first and second waves of the movement..... Feel free to visit the websites.

    "A short update on NYKTA: I have been working closely with a label in taking care of all aspects of the production of the new album and we are at the paperwork stage. The official release date and related information will be announced soon."

    Stone Temple Pilots announce new album.
    Carlos Lichman:

    News 1:
    The fantastic Greek guitarist THEODORE ZIRAS recorded an amazing lead guitar on the song “Frankenstein Baby” of my brand new album. I knew Theodore since his first album and I can say that he is one of the best in my opinion!! Check his web site out:

    News 2:
    Listen to the songs from FIRESTORM on Nicolandia Radio Broadcast (Radio Aktywne). Check the web site:, great guys from Poland.


    Bassist Ryan Engle of Maryland based death metal act Eternal Ruin passed away on Sunday, March 14th. No cause of death has yet been announced by the band. The obituary can be found at this location. Swiss metallers Carnal Decay also issued the following statement about Ryan's death:

    "Cheers to our brother eternal Ryan! He was a great musician and a good friend! We were lucky to get on a bunch of European dates and a Mexican tour together with eternal ruin. We wish all the best to his family, friends and band mates. Ryan you'll never be forgotten! We salute you!"

    You can also check out sample Eternal Ruin tracks at the band's MySpace page.


    New York hardcore act Killing Time has issued the following update about seeking charity donations for a chance to win a special bundle of their new album "Three Steps Back:"

    "Killing Time is proud to be working with T.H.E. Brain Trust and Audrey’s Umbrella to help raise money to support individuals living with a brain tumor. For a small donation of $5.00 you can be entered to win a Killing Time 'Three Steps Back' Special Bundle Package. The package includes 1 CD and 1 vinyl copy of our new album 'Three Steps Back' as well as a 'Three Steps Back' T-shirt and Promotional poster. The donation period will end on April 21st. The winner will be contacted via email. Donations are being taken via PayPal. Please help support this worthy cause!

    "The mission of T.H.E. Brain Trust is to create a healing exchange of information and support among people affected by neurological disorders including patient-survivors, families, caregivers, health professionals and researchers. Their goal is to provide and improve online communication resources. Through these and other efforts, they are building a global community of People whose lives are affected by brain tumors, brain injuries, and related issues. Donate & Win!


    Prosthetic Records is currently auctioning an Epiphone Prophecy Futura Custom EX on eBay, with all proceeds benefitting the T.J. Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports research for cancer, AIDS and leukemia. The guitar will be signed by the six Prosthetic acts who will play the label's inaugural SXSW showcase at Mohawk in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night (Mar. 17): Scale The Summit, Landmine Marathon, Withered, Book of Black Earth, The Funeral Pyre and Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire.

    The T.J. Martell Foundation was recommended to Prosthetic by the management of legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer late last year. A 501(c)3 non-profit founded in the 1970s, the Foundation has helped Dio receive key treatment in his
    ongoing battle against cancer. More information on the organization can be found at

    Prosthetic was honored to receive these words of encouragement directly from Dio himself shortly after the auction went live on Monday:

    "It's great to be a part of your wonderful charitable event, and all the caring performers who are giving of themselves to aid the charity of my choice. My current misfortune has opened my eyes to the constant need for funds to battle the ravages of cancer, and I am therefore pleased to endorse your efforts to auction off an Epiphone guitar signed by the aforementioned musicians to benefit the T.J.Martell Cancer Foundation. Let's hope a generous amount of money can be raised for this ultra-worthy cause. Thanks so much for you concern and humanity. It's a gesture of kindness I will never forget.

    Love and Magic to you all,
    Ronnie James Dio"

    Through the Ashes calls it quits

    Jason Barriskill, the original bass player of Irish folk metal outfit Waylander and later founder of the band Epoch, was found dead in his home in Co. Armagh yesterday morning (February 22nd). This happened only three days after he had a heart attack on friday the 19th. He was only 34 years of age. A message from his old bandmates reads as follows:

    "Jason was a once off, a true individual in the truest sense of the word. Almost 15 years after he left Waylander we still talk about him at rehearsal. That is the mark of the man, he left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

    "Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his friends and family.

    "I hope you have found what you were looking for brother.

    "You will never be forgotten."

    Jay Reatard from The Jay Reatard Band dead (RIP - 1980 - 2010)
    According to Colombian news sources, the Metallica concert in the city of Bogota on March 10, 2010
    featured scenes of violence, as three people were found stabbed, a policeman was wounded, more than fifty people arrested and property was destroyed by ticketless fans who tried to gate crash the show. This was the bands first Colombian show in eleven years and authorities prepared for trouble by having well over one thousand police officers at the event, as well as four tanks and several police trucks.

    Finland's Horna has issued the following statement, apparently in response to having several shows canceled due to allegations that the band is involved in the NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal) movement:

    "Once again the same old problems arrive and Antifa [Anti-Facism Network] try to get as many gigs on the European canceled as they can with their terrorism. It is apparently irrelevant what we do or say when they have already decided what we stand for, and as anyone can tell, HORNA has always had big political messages, symbols and pictures in our releases and live shows... or quite the opposite!! A big fuck off to Antifa and their fascist intolerant propaganda!! HORNA has never been a band with NS message. We are satanist, religious, devil-worshipping, alcohol-consuming occult bastards and our band has NOTHING to do with NS."


    Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson's radio show "Masters Of Rock" is to be axed, according to the BBC. He will reportedly broadcast his last show at the end of April. Dickinson has been presenting shows for BBC 6 Music since it's launch in 2002 and his current show goes out at 9pm on fridays and finishes at midnight.

    A 6 Music spokeswoman says, "6 Music is currently reviewing the way it reflects the Rock/Heavy Metal genres across the network and has decided to decommission the Friday Night Rock Show. The network, however, remains committed to reflecting both genres throughout the schedule as part of its core music offering. We would very much like to thank Bruce Dickinson for the hard work and commitment he has shown to 6 Music over the past eight years."

    ++ has reported front man Nergal (Adam Darski) of Polish death metal band Behemoth has officially been charged with insulting the Roman Catholic Church, which is a crime in Poland that carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. The charge stems from an incident in 2007 when Nergal tore a bible apart on stage and referenced the church as being a murderous cult. A video of the concert that caused the charge can be viewed below. Nergal has stated that tearing apart the Bible was part of his artistic work and was not meant to offend religious sensibilities. More details on the case will be announced as they are made available.
    Metal Blade TV

    Los Angeles metal label launches website dedicated solely to spreading the word of Heavy Metal to the masses

    AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - March 11, 2010 - Forerunners in the heavy metal scene since its humble beginnings in the early eighties, Metal Blade Records is once again spreading the word of Heavy Metal to the world now through the label's brand new site, Metal Blade TV. Metal Blade TV will be a place for metalheads to go and see video interviews and segments from some of their favorite Metal Blade artists in addition to other notable metal musicians and bands. Metal Blade is doing this because the label is not only about exposing its own bands to the metal community, but also bringing attention to the talents of all metal musicians out there on the scene working hard to give you music to bang your heads and pump your fists to.

    Chairman and CEO of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel comments; "We are very excited about the launch of our own TV channel, Metal Blade TV! We are going to bring you not only content from Metal Blade artists, but from the entire world of Heavy Metal. We want to take you behind the scenes and see all the bands in a different way. Also there will be a lot of rare live video clips too! We really hope you enjoy this new venture from Metal Blade Records!"

    As Brian Slagel stated above, Metal Blade TV will also host rare video clips from his illustrious collection that spans 30 years of Heavy Metal shows. There are sure to be some very interesting and never seen footage so be sure to stay tuned to Metal Blade TV to catch of glimpse of Heavy Metal history.

    New videos to coincide with the launch of Metal Blade TV include:
    -Cooking with John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint: Part 1
    -Primordial "All Empires Fall" Full Trailer in HD
    -Lazarus A.D. "Revolution" Live @ Loudpark Japan
    -Phil Sgrosso of As I Lay Dying takes on a tour of the not so metal instruments of the NAMM convention

    About Metal Blade Records:
    The noise began 28 years ago…

    A music starved kid named Brian Slagel, killing time in suburban Los Angeles, gets sick of watching the local metal scene being ignored by the major labels. Working days at legendary metal emporium Oz Records and nights putting together one of the first metal fanzines, The New Heavy Metal Revue, Slagel asks some distributor friends if they'd be interested in circulating a compilation of unsigned bands if he put it together. The distributors said yes and Metal Blade Records was born. Of course it wasn't quite that simple. Putting in long 17-hour days between Oz and Metal Blade, Slagel pieced together the bands that would grace the label's first release - The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal Massacre. Metallica, Ratt and Black 'N' Blue were just a few of the willing locals. Except before Metal Massacre, Metallica didn't exist.

    So now for almost 30 years, Metal Blade Records has been setting the trend in heavy metal music without compromising its underground beginnings. Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Records have without a doubt had a major role in developing the American metal scene since day one and remains one of the most essential sources of metal music today. Since its beginnings in 1982, Metal Blade Records has unleashed some of the most influential and significant metal acts like Slayer, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Six Feet Under, and King Diamond while developing acts like As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Unearth, Behemoth, Job For a Cowboy, Whitechapel, Goatwhore, The Ocean, Soilent Green, Lazarus AD and 3 just to name a few. There are few who can argue that Metal Blade is one of the leading independent metal labels around! Constantly growing and expanding, Metal Blade has offices in Japan, Canada, and an office in the UK. Not to mention the already significant Metal Blade Records Germany whos been a strong and major force in the European scene for over a decade. By keeping a constant eye on the underground, adding some of the best bands out there to its roster, and sponsoring leading metal tours and festivals like the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, it is obvious that Metal Blade Records is here to stay!


    Molotov Solution Las Vegas' most brutal metal band, Molotov Solution has confirmed that they will be playing Bamboozle Left on Saturday, March 27th. This is the same day as same huge acts including: Angels and Airwaves, Say Anything and fellow brutal metal acts Impending Doom and For Today. Last year's fest was a huge success, and with this lineup, this year's will be even bigger! More info, the full lineup and tickets can be found on

    "We are extremely stoked to play Bamboozle Left this year and to share the stage with so many great bands that we all listen to and admire greatly! We are ALSO very excited to crush the faces of all Bamboozle California patrons!" - Molotov Solution

    Fan shot footage from the sold out show on February 12th at the Chain Reaction can be seen on here:

    Bison B.C.AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - March 05, 2010 - Vancouver's BISON B.C. is set to release their 3rd album, and 2nd with Metal Blade Records, titled Dark Ages on April 13 and prepare for their upcoming tour with High on Fire, Priestess, and Black Cobra by playing a batch of dates with Shadows Fall and Baptized in Blood including two shows at the infamous SXSW festival. BISON B.C. also has plans set for a notational Canadian tour in June, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Dark Ages was recorded by Jesse Gander, who also recorded Quiet Earth, at The Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby, British Columbia and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

    Track listing for BISON B.C.'s Dark Ages:
    1. Stressed Elephant
    2. Fear Cave
    3. Melody, This is for You
    4. Two-Day Booze
    5. Die of Devotion
    6. Take the Next Exit
    7. Wendigo Pt. 3 (Let Him Burn)

    The track Stressed Elephant will be available on Canada's EXPLORE MUSIC starting March 12th and the track Two-Day Booze will be premiered exclusively on StereoGum starting on April 2nd (check out their metal column Haunting the Chapel HERE).


    Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has issued the following statement warning fans about a fake Facebook page:

    "For those of you on Facebook: Please remove yourselves as fans from this page, as it is NOT an official Gorgoroth page. The above mentioned page has nothing to do with the band, and has not been updated in years, so there is absolutely nothing of value on it. Then, go to this link to find the ONLY official Gorgoroth page on Facebook."

    Aussie thrashers Sabretung have four rough mixed tracks from their up coming album \'Conquest\' available for streaming via their myspace.


    Sebastian Bach reportedly tackled a man with a knife at Guns N Roses' recent intimate New York gig on Valentine's Day.

    A witness reports, "The man walked in while Guns N' Roses was onstage and pulled out a knife and flicked the blade out. Sebastian, who was standing on a banquette said: 'Nobody is getting anywhere near my man Axl Rose with a knife,' and went after him. Security then immediately threw him out. The man appeared to be drunk. It was dealt with so quickly that none of the other guests or the band were aware of it."

    After years of speculation, groundbreaking English hardcore band GBH has announced plans to release their eleventh studio album, Perfume and Piss, via Hellcat Records on April 5.

    There isn't a self-respecting gutter punk, hardcore kid or subcultural miscreant alive who hasn't seen the GBH logo emblazoned on the back of a leather jacket, a denim vest, or a torn-up t-shirt. And now the world will be slapped upside the head with another reminder as to exactly why GBH is so important, in the form of Perfume and Piss, the legendary and iconic punk band's first album for Hellcat Records.

    Barn-burning, fist-pumping, palace-gates-storming tracks like "Kids Get Down," "Cadillac One" and "This is Not the Real World" carry the torch forward with the band's trademark fury that is alternately nihilistic, optimistic, pessimistic, anarchist, violent, humorous and deadly serious all at once.

    Charged GBH have been a band for over 30 years and their longevity is a testament to their purity of sound and vision. Although, as vocalist and founding member Colin Abrahall tells it, there was never anything close to a "plan." "We didn't think it'd last a week when we first got together," he says, with a laugh. "None of us could really play our instruments or do our specific job within the band. We just kind of winged it for a while. If you were born the day we formed in 1979, you'd be a mature adult now!"

    Perfume and Piss is, in the band's own words, the "best album we've done in a long, long time." The album was created in fits and starts (two weeks on, two weeks off) which allowed them to fine-tune the material and compose a more complete feeling album. "We're really pleased with it," says Colin.

    "We've been on various dodgy labels in the past and ever since Hellcat first started, we've wanted to be associated with it," he remarks. "To actually sign with Hellcat is a dream come true for us."

    For more information please check:
    "As one of the artists in Melodi Grand Prix 2010, the Norwegian Royal Mail has made stamps with Keep Of Kalessin on them. This is normally only done with the royal family or historic figures. The band got the official news and was also delivered the stamps at a small get-together in the home of Per Sundnes (the MGP host) on Friday February 5th with all the other MGP 2010 finalists. This is a big surprise and a huge step for metal in Norway."
    ThrashMetalRiff's channel on youtube has uploaded a new video containing 500 Thrash and Death Metal riffs. The channel owner states that this is the ultimate compilation of Riffs that span 30 years of Thrash/Death Metal. The intention is to promote the revival of Thrash and Death Metal. Each Riff is carefully edited to 100th of a second.

    Axe Battler
    The first strike of AXE BATTLER from Chile ( - The Wrath Of My Steel - is unleashed.
    The Tape comes completely prodone (professional done cover, red printed tape, red case). For further information look at the flyer (click on the image).

    LA veterans PSYCHOSIS are back with some new songs. The band, featuring Bruce Hall (Agent Steel), Kragen Lum (Heathen) and members of Prototype, New Eden, etc. had no release after their "Lifeforce" album from `92. The new songs are totally in the veins of old Bay Area Thrash.

    ForgeryForgery, the up-and-coming, 3 piece, high energy, thrash/speed metal band from Canberra. Formed in 2007, has just released their debut EP. The recording was mastered by the legendary Harris Johns known for his work with Sodom, Kreator, Coroner, Exumer, Pestilence and many more. The EP consists of all original material. The album has been well received. They are still writing new material and plan at some time in the future to record a full length album.
    Check the bands MySpace for more info.


    Axe Battler
    The first strike of AXE BATTLER from Chile ( - The Wrath Of My Steel - is unleashed.
    The Tape comes completely prodone (professional done cover, red printed tape, red case). For further information look at the flyer (click on the image).


    The young US-Thrashers offer their new EP "Derealization" for free download.

    Toxxic Toyz
    Message from ToxxicToyz:
    “MUTATION”, the 2nd ToxxicToyz album is finally done ( with the great Dave Scott McBEE on vocals ! ), and you can listen first sample on our myspace.
    We are currently looking for a label, so any comments or suggestions are welcome !!

    MASTER Reveal 'The Human Machine' Track Listing and Post Video Trailer

    Legendary death metal icons Master have revealed the final track listing for upcoming full-length, 'The Human Machine'. The long-anticipated new record includes 10 tracks recorded at Shaark Studios in Bzenec, Czech Republic and was produced by Master vocalist/bassist/mainman Paul Speckmann alongside Alex Nejezchleba and Zdenek Pradlovsky.


    The official God Seed MySpace page has been updated with the following statement regarding former Gorgoroth members King and Gaahl's lawsuit against Regain Records:

    "On December 17, 2009, authorities in Malmø, Sweden decided in favor of King and Gaahl in their case brought against Regain Records for the unauthorized release of Gorgoroth's 'Live in Grieghallen' album. Regain Records has been found to have broken their contract with King/Gaahl on numerous accounts, has been forbidden by the courts to sell this album in the future and has been ordered to pay all legal costs and compensation in the case.

    "In anticipation of the verdict, Regain Records filed bankruptcy to Lund Tingsrett in Sweden and was declared bankrupt on December 8, 2009 (Regain Records and Entertainment AB corporate identity number 556689-1825). Peter Överman from Ackordcentralen, Sweden is named as liquidator and is now working on getting an overview of Regain's financial situation as well as handling the claims from Gaahl and King on unpaid royalties, among other claims."


    Nile has issued the following statement about Immolation vocalist Ross Dolan coming to their rescue when their tour bus driver left unexpectedly:

    "So what do you do when your bus driver decides to hit the road? (...and not in a good way). Well, this very thing happened this past Saturday when Nile's tour bus driver couldn't make it to the Gallup, NM show due to 'certain circumstances' which caused Nile and their bus to be stranded at some random truck stop in the middle of the desert.

    "It just so happens that the Immolation and Krisiun bus was stopped at the same place, and at the same time (weird). So, after a couple of hours of trying to find a solution, all options were exhausted, and Nile's tour manager, Punchy, went to tell the Immolation and Krisiun guys that Nile wasn't going to be able to make it to the show, because we had no available driver.

    "Turns out, Ross has a Class B license, and that makes him legal to drive a bus. So, he got out of bed and drove the last four hours to the gig! So what's the moral of the story? If we can work miracles and pull this type of stuff off at the last minute to make it to one of our gigs, then this means that you should have no excuse on why you should miss one of our shows!"

    After more than two years spent on the road supporting their last full-length, relentlessly shredding stages throughout Europe, USA and Australia, as well as a few line-up changes, the hardcore powerhouse from Roma, Italy known as STRENGTH APPROACH is about to come back with some heat for your eardrums.

    DEMONS RUN AMOK ENTERTAINMENT and COUNTDOWN RECORDS are proud to announce the release of this deluxe edition 7"/MCD, aptly titled "STAND YOUR GROUND".

    The young US-Thrashers offer their new EP "Derealization" for free download.

    Fallen Angels

    The young Seattle Thrashers have the first song from their upcoming sophomore album "Engines of Oppresion" online. "The Gates of Irony" can be heard on their myspace site.


    Bay Area cult Thrashers KAOS made this statement: >2010 brings a new decade
    of KAOS. With the long awaited and much anticipated CD “The Pits of Existence”, KAOS waves the metal flag once again and thrashes the world with their searing, Bay Area style, metal assault. Welcome to the Bottomless Pits of Hell for what it is! The Pit Awaits…<

    Official CD Release date is February 15th, 2010. Order the CD direct from the bands website by February 28th and get 20% off and some cool free stuff with your order.
    Order your copy here:

    Arkayic Revolt

    The Canadians have two songs from their upcoming debut full-length "Death`s River" online. The album will be released by Punishment 18.

    TraumaLong running Polish death metal combo Trauma have made new song "Cortex Deformation" available for streaming at their Myspace site ( This song come from new album "Archetype Of Chaos" which will be released in March 2010 via Witching Hour Productions/Plastic Head. This is the first new stuff from Trauma since "Neurotic Mass" that hit the stores in 2007.

    1. Intro ( White Architect)
     2. Cortex Deformation
     3. A Dying World
     4. War Machine
     5. The Slime
     6. The Truth Murder
     7. Tabula Rasa
     8. Portrait Of The Lies
     9. Destruction Of The Demented World
    The recording of "Archetype Of Chos" started in famous Hertz Studio in January 2009, but final mixes and mastering was done in November. Special guests appearing on the album are Piotr Kopeć (Atrophia Red Sun, Naumachia) and Konrad Ross (Sothoth, Redemptor)
    The album will be available in digipak format and as limited LP.
    Trauma confirmed their appearance as direct support to reunited death metal legend Asphyx at their show in Poland on 27th March (Warsaw, Progresja Club)


    At a recent Metallica concert in Chile, around 120 people were arrested and a policeman was injured when a large number of fans who did not have tickets attempted to force their way into the show. There have been a number of charges pressed including drug possession, disorderly conduct and drinking in public.

    “A group of people tried to enter without tickets and Carabineros (militarized police) had to act, launching water,” Col. Miguel Angel Castro said.

    The Metallica fans will meet their fate on Wednesday when prosecutors decide what should be done about the incident and those involved.

    Scorpions calls it a day.

    Continuing on his "I Am Ozzy" book tour, the Prince of Darkness will descend upon The Howard Stern Show tomorrow morning, Tuesday January 26th. Following that interview you can catch Ozzy on the Opie and Anthony radio program as well. Then later tomorrow evening Ozzy has his 3rd U.S. book signing at Borders at 10 Columbus Circle in Manhattan at 7pm.

    Ozzy appeared on NBC's "Today Show" this morning. You can watch that appearance online here.


    Skeletal remains of what is believed to be Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20-year-old Virgina Tech student who went missing following a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 17, 2009, have been found on a Virginia farm 10 miles from the concert venue.

    The remains reportedly have blond hair and were clad in black clothing. Missing-person fliers for Harrington described her as blond and said she was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "Pantera" on it, a black miniskirt, black tights and black boots when she disappeared.

    At a news conference, authorities said they were confident the remains are those of Harrington. "There were significant items and evidence" found to support the identification, Virginia State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty said, although he would not elaborate. Police did not give any information about how she died. The body was being taken to Richmond for an autopsy.

    The Harrington family offered a $100,000 reward for her return or information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance, to which Metallica added another $50,000.

    Metallica commented on the latest turn of events:

    "Our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20 year old Virginia Tech student who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Sadly, Morgan's body was found yesterday ending her family's three month vigil hoping and praying for her safe return. Mere words cannot express the anguish and grief that we know her parents Dan and Gil are feeling, and our thoughts are with them.

    "If you have any information at all about Morgan's death, please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 352-3467 or"


    Chris Jericho, the lead vocalist of heavy metal outfit Fozzy and wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment, was arrested at five a.m. this morning in Kenton County, Kentucky along with fellow wrestler Gregory Helms for the charge of Alcohol Intoxication In A Public Place. Both were bonded out of jail after little more than an hour.

    A Twitter update from Jericho a few hours before he was arrested read: "Listening to ZAKK WYLDE and having a GG contest with Hurricane. It's the woods vs the praries. Praires are winning."

    The law is in place to attempt to stop anyone who seems drunk enough that they may be a danger to themselves, others or property or being an annoyance. A small fine is usually issued for the first charge, between $25 and $50.


    Self-described "unconventional doom/grindcore" band The Way Of Purity has signed to Worm Hole Death for the release of their debut album titled "Crosscore." The album is currently being mixed by Chris Donaldson (The Agonist, Cryptopsy) right now.

    The band stated: "The Way Of Purity doesn't show off with smart or cool band members. No names, no fancy photos, no effigy, no trendy musical influences and no nationality. No compromise, no way to talk or get to know us - we are the fucking NOTHING.

    "Most militant bands in the past reached a superior level of strength through their message and faith. The Way Of Purity is different. The message about God intended as nature (animals and the perfection of their creation) is our faith, but the power for The Way Of Purity is a high level of inspiration, self control, and correction of human errors through the inspiration of the animal perfection.

    "We are the hand of God, we're here to bring the animals' message to liars, weak individuals, prostitutes, drug addicts, nymphomaniacs and many more. We are not an organisation, we are just a potential event in every animal's life. The Way Of Purity is inspired by a blind and extremely dark dimension where Christ and Satan, evil and good, are the same. This ultraviolent dimension takes shape in the music. The voices we hear everyday are our nightmares and dreams. These voices asked us to change things, giving us the chance of salvation by becoming the hand of God and finding the real way of purity.

    "Welcome to the precarious balance and the ancient code of the Way of Purity, that might hold the key to salvation..."

    Check out some of their music on the band's MySpace page.

    WhiplashReactivated New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH have uploaded a high quality video clip the first segment from the bands up-coming DVD entitled 25 years of thrash. According to the group the disc feature three brand new songs and will cover the true stories from band's history with Roadrunner Records and beyond, 1985-1990, 'Power And Pain', 'Ticket To Mayhem', 'Insult To Injury' The Massacre years, 1996-1998, 'Cult Of One', 'Sit Stand Kneel Prey'; 'Thrashback'." The package will include new & rare concert footage, photos, interviews and much more. "25 Years of Thrash" will take you back in time, hands on the mixing board in very raw setting as the band shares their experiences of the writing and recording of some of the best WHIPLASH albums released to date. "25 Years of Thrash" is set to release on an as-..yet-..undetermined record label. More info on the dvd is to be found at this location.

    Guerra Total Eternal Dark
    A review of the split cd Guerra Total/Eternal Drak has been made available at this location. This is the first large-scale release from Funeral Rain Records. Both bands are planted in the Thrash Metal tradition, but while Eternal Drak incorporate much more black metal in their musical style, Guerra Total are almost a pure trash throwback straight from the 80's.

    OverkillNew Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL will film a video for the song “Bring Me The Night”  in Brooklyn, New York with director Kevin Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Commented vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: “Kevin shot and directed the ‘Skull & Bones’ video. He is a true ‘master of disaster’ when presenting the visuals. His art is as explosive as the bands he works with and his personality complements both. There is no fear in his vision. It is a true metallic pleasure to work with someone who ‘understands’ and can deliver at such a high level.” “Bring Me The Night” comes off OVERKILL’s new album, “Ironbound”, which is scheduled for release on February 9 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records) for the February 9, 2010 release of “Ironbound”. The CD, which will be issued in Europe on January 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren and is described in a press release as “a true thrasher-piece.”


    DEMONICA, the new project featuring MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann, will release its debut album, "Demonstrous", on February 26, 2010 via Massacre Records. The CD, which will be made available in Japan on February 17, was recorded in the Bay Area, the Rocky Mountains and Copenhagen (Denmark), and was mixed at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado with Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, MARTRIDEN, COBALT).

    "Demonstrous" track listing:

    01. Demon Class
    02. Ghost Hunt
    03. My Tongue
    04. Luscious Damned
    05. Below Zero
    06. Alien Six
    07. Palace Of Glass
    08. Fast And Furious
    09. Summoned
    10. Astronomica

    DEMONICA is:

    Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE) - Guitar
    Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN) - Guitar
    Klaus "Hyr" Hansen (BATTALION, TRAUMA CENTER) - Vocals
    Marc Grabowski (CORRUPTION) - Bass


    ProphetProphet, lead vocalist of US Thrash Metal band St. Madness has released a (mostly) acoustic solo album, titled 'The Edge,' and recorded as PROPHET & THE COWBOYS OF APOCALYPSE. 'The Edge' has a distinctly Outlaw Southern Rock vibe, lyrically touching on subjects ranging from 'dear to the heart' to 'horror comedy'. 'The Edge' also features musical and vocal additions from some great, guest artists.

    Fans can stream the entire album at Prophet is also releasing the entire tracklist free in mp3 format upon request. The physical CD, including album art, will be available for retail sale beginning February 1, 2010.


    Brian "Damage" Keats, the former drummer for such legendary American punk bands as Verbal Abuse, Misfits and Genocide, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was fourty six years old and is survived by his wife and child. Keats was born in Brooklyn, New York and performed in the last incantation of Misfits to feature frontman Glen Danzig. After The Misfits finished, he racked up an impressive resume of bands by joining the likes of Hellbound, The Skulls, Angels In Vain and Wink, amongst many others.

    Joe Ptacek, best known for his work as the lead singer of death metal outfit Broken Hope, sadly passed away on Wednesday from what appears to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. He was only thirty seven years old. A message from his former bandmate Jeremy Wagner reads as follows:

    "It's with profound sadness and shock that [I report that] my friend and former bandmate — Joe Ptacek — has died.

    "Joe was my high-school friend who formed a death-metal band with me called Broken Hope. We always dreamed of putting out albums and touring the world. After graduating, we achieved a lot of those dreams and released five albums, performed worldwide, appeared in countless international magazines and did a video for MTV. We were on Metal Blade Records and met all of our heroes and performed everywhere…

    "Not bad for two teenagers out of Wildwood, Illinois.


    "Mind of the Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story" is a documentary film narrated by Lemmy Kilmeister of Motorhead screening at Slamdance on Jan 23 & 26. There’s original music from Suicidal Tendencies, Greg Hetson of Circle Jerks, Redd Kross and Bad Religion, Jason Hill of Louis XIV and Marco D. Leone with additional music is from Motorhead and Black Flag. Writer, director and producer Adam Barker says “From my first day of working with Larry I knew that Lemmy had to narrate the film. There was no second choice. Larry is the overlord of FMX and Lemmy is the overlord of metal. When we asked Lemmy backstage at one of his concerts to sign on I told him ‘there was no second choice…and if he died we’d be fucked.’ Lemmy said, ‘I’d blast up from hell and still do it!!’ True story.”

    Here’s the synopsis of the documentary:

    Mind of the Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story is a brutally honest look into life and mind of one of the most out-spoken, forward-thinking, visionaries ever to come out of the motor-sports industry. Larry Linkogle is a world-record holding dirt-bike legend whose off-the-cuff antics and aggressive "never sell out" attitude was the spark the kick-started the entire freestyle motocross revolution. But as the new sport took off beyond expectations, so did Larry’s battles with his inner demons. Both a thrilling recreation of the rise of freestyle motocross and a heart-wrenching account of the demise of the sport's most infamous legend, Mind of the Demon's timeline is told through incredible archival footage, and interviews with every top industry name. Past and present storylines intertwine to drive the film toward one of only two possible conclusions: one of the most unlikely inspirational comeback stories of all time or a nosedive into a black hole of self-destruction. Narrated by LEMMY KILMEISTER

    "Mind of a Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story" will be shown at the following film festivals (which run in conjunction with Sundance Film Festival):

    Location: Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street, Park City, UT
    Screening dates and times: Saturday, January, 23 at 10:00AM and Tuesday, January 26 at 10:30PM

    X-Dance: Action Sports Film Festival
    Location: X-dance Theatre 272 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT
    Screening date and time : Sunday, January 24 at 7:35pm

    You can watch the trailer here.

    Rob Zombie has been tapped to direct an episode of CSI: Miami. Zombie comments: "Here is just a small taste of the mind-blowing episode of CSI:Miami coming your way! This is gonna be the biggest one yet! Stay tuned for more exciting news!"

    Sweden's Spawn of Possession has issued the following post tour recap:

    "We have been back home from the Australian Mini-tour for almost a week now. We would like to thank all the people which came out to see us in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, and we would like to thank Southern Extremeties Productions for giving us an awesome time in Australia without any problems what so ever. Now when everything is back to normal again, we will continue to work on the songs for the new album."

    Samples of Spawn of Possession's music can be found through their MySpace page.


    Spanish thrash metallers DESECRATION just posted a brand new song called "Mental Anesthesia" online on their official MySpace page.

    The band has just completed their line up during the recording of that new song, recruiting a drummer, Raimon, also from VILADECANS, a city near Barcelona.

    DESECRATION announced they are working hard on the new band logo and in the new songs that will make up the first release of the band.

    DESECRATION will make its live debut on February 19th at Heaven & Hell Metal Bar (Cerdanyola, Barcelona, Spain).

    WatchtowerA short video clip of drummer Rick Colaluca practising the song "Projections" off the forthcoming WATCHTOWER album, "Mathematics", can be viewed below.

    "Mathematics" is the first new WATCHTOWER album since 1990's highly acclaimed "Control and Resistance".

    WATCHTOWER is scheduled to co-headline the 13th edition of Germany's Keep It True festival on April 23 at Lauda-Königshofen. It will mark the band's first European appearance since headlining the Headway festival in Holland in 2004.

    WhiplashReactivated New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH have uploaded a high quality video clip the first segment from the bands up-coming DVD entitled 25 years of thrash. According to the group the disc feature three brand new songs and will cover the true stories from band's history with Roadrunner Records and beyond, 1985-1990, 'Power And Pain', 'Ticket To Mayhem', 'Insult To Injury' The Massacre years, 1996-1998, 'Cult Of One', 'Sit Stand Kneel Prey'; 'Thrashback'." The package will include new & rare concert footage, photos, interviews and much more. "25 Years of Thrash" will take you back in time, hands on the mixing board in very raw setting as the band shares their experiences of the writing and recording of some of the best WHIPLASH albums released to date. "25 Years of Thrash" is set to release on an as-..yet-..undetermined record label. More info on the dvd is to be found at this location.

    Ophtalamia' and Abruptum's guitarist/singer IT to release autobiography.

    Lock Up, the extreme metal supergroup featuring Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nick Barker (Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Exodus) and Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram, Criminal), have announced that they will not be hanging up the gloves just yet. The band have begun work on a brand new studio album and has announced three shows for later this year.

    CARLOS LICHMAN's new album being ultimated: As FIRESTORM, it will be an instrumental album with some guest players. It will have 12 new songs, two of them from GUITAR SYMPHONY PROJECT. All the drum will be recorded by Rodrigo Cordeiro (check his my space here:
    More news coming soon!

    New videos:
    Carlos Lichman - Key To The Shred City (Live) -
    Guitar Symphony - Green Sleeves -
    Carlos Lichman Web Lesson: Em 9/13 Arpeggio -

    The young Spanish thrashers have new songs on their myspace site. They are from their new disc called "Xenocide".


    In an effort to capitalize on the excitement of the upcoming World Cup tournament, Wieden+Kennedy New York created the world's only soccer-inspired heavy metal band, The Group of Death. "The group of death" is the nickname for the toughest opening-round group selected during the draw. To commemorate the World Cup draw, the group played a live concert on the evening of December 4th for New York City's most passionate soccer fans at the legendary NY soccer pub Nevada Smith's.

    You can check out the band's MySpace page here, their Facebook page here

    Shock TroopersSoon to be released, the second full length from the Sicilian thrashcore band SHOCK TROOPERS (author of a self-titled debut during 2007) entitled "Blades And Rods", is planned for the first months of 2010, a new concentrated mix of fury and energy! Here is the tracklist:
    01. Intro (Metal Slug)
    02. Competition
    03. Take Your Eyes Off Me
    04. Blades And Rods
    05. Vice
    06. Road Thrash
    07. Toilet Show
    08. Protection Money
    09. Jail World
    10. Waterboarding
    11. The Rape
    - Shock Troopers -

    Civil Insurgence
    Civil Insurgance has made their latest ep, Hostile Action, available for free at the following link.

    check out Civil Insurgence at


    There are some HEATHEN tracks from the new album up on youtube, for example:


    The slovenian Thrashers have the new song "Mind Decay" online.

    Diabolical Demon DirectorAfter several demos over eight years, Diabolical Demon Director has finally released "The Demon Chamber" EP CD on Graveyard Shift.
    The cd contains six tracks of Aussie Heavy Thrash Metal Poison.
    Bangers into Destruction, Sodom, Poison (Ger), Venom, & Running Wild etc should take interest.

    American industrial metal legends Ministry have a film coming. It's called "Fix: The Ministry Movie". According to the publicity blurb, this is: "One of the most shocking, disturbing, and exposing looks into the world of six-time Grammy-nominated band Ministry in its most influential, controversial, and drug-induced years." The movie is expected to be released sometime in the summer of next year and features interviews with members of Motorhead, Korn, Dead Kennedys, Nine Inch Nails among many others.
  • Guitarist Tony Warburton of U.K. metal band Cerebral Fix has issued the following statement about drummer Neil Farrington passing away:

    "R.I.P Neil Farrington 1971-2009. Just a short note as I am still in shock: It saddens me to bring the news that our most recent drummer (and my good friend) Neil Farrington has passed away. A Facebook group has been set up by his girlfriend for people to leave any thoughts / comments or you could just leave them here.


    Yahoo News has issued the following report about shock rocker Marilyn Manson settling a lawsuit with former band member Stephen Bier:

    A contentious lawsuit between Marilyn Manson and former bandmate Stephen Bier has been settled without the multimillion judgment the keyboardist initially sought, court records show. An agreement calls for attorneys representing former Bier to be paid $380,000. Manson's insurance company will pay $175,000 while the rest will be paid by Bier's former business managers, Manson's attorney Howard King said.

    Bier sued the shock rocker for $20 million in 2007, claiming the singer kept money from him and spent it to furnish a lavish lifestyle buying Nazi memorabilia, an engagement ring and other exotic goods. Manson denied Bier's claims and said Bier didn't properly perform his duties as a band member.

    Bier, who went by the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, was among the original members of Manson's band when it was known as Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids. The case had been scheduled to go to trial this month after frequent delays and months of fighting between the two sides over depositions, documents and scheduling.


    James Sullivan, the drummer for Orange County, California based rock band Avenged Sevenfold and better known to his fans as "The Rev," was found dead in his home yesterday (December 28th.) A local examination claims that he passed away from natural causes. His bandmates from Avenged Sevenfold has posted the following message online:

    "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing today of Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan. Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy's family and we hope that you will respect their privacy during this difficult time.

    "Jimmy you are forever in our hearts. We love you."


    The members of Def Leppard are to become cartoon characters. It has been revealed that the band is working on a cartoon series, which will see them involved in various escapades. The British metalers have signed a deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is also developing video games and phone applications for the band.

    The animation project is still in the early stages and has not been pitched to TV networks yet.