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Formed: 1998
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Metalium News

Below is our complete Metalium news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Crash Signs New Distribution Deal

Crash Music has announced a new distribution deal with Super D (SDID), based out of Irvine, California. Super D has the world's largest selection of music, movies and games. As the only worldwide wholesaler, they sell to thousands of independent retailers, major chains, online retailers, other wholesalers and specialty retailers.

"Difficulties with our past distributor had set us back and we now look forward to getting back on track," states the label. Crash Music's next release planned under this agreement is the new Metalium album, "Incubus - Chapter Seven," which is due in May.

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Metalium Reveal New Album Details

German metallers METALIUM have set "Incubus" as the title of their new album, due later in the year via Massacre Records. According to the band, "Incubus" is "carrying on the heavy style and touches very realistic themes like the controversy of the church and 'the evil". The title song, 'Incubus', is an epic song of over eight minutes and original phrases of an exorcism process were used to give the song an extra authentic feel."

"Incubus" track listing:

01. Trust (Intro)
02. Resurrection
03. Gates
04. Incubus
05. Take Me Higher
06. Never Die
07. At Armageddon
08. Sanity
09. Meet Your Maker
10. Hellfire
11. Soulchaser (Japan Bonus)

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Sinner Sign With MTM Music

SINNER have inked a new record deal with MTM Music. The band's current lineup — which includes PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner, his FEAR bandmate Tom Naumann (guitars), Frank Rössler (keyboards), METALIUM's Matte Lange (guitars) and former PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling — will enter a studio near Stuttgart in September with producer Achim Köhler to record a new album, entitled "Mask Of Sanity", for a January 19, 2007 release.

Commented MTM president Mario Lehmann: "I'm really pround and especially happy about this signing and that a metal legend like Mat Sinner decided to release his next SINNER album on MTM Music. With 'Mask Of Sanity', we will not only please the traditional friends of hardrock, but also a lot of metal fans!"

Regarding the prospect of working with Klaus Sperling again, Sinner said in a statement, "It's really fantastic to have Klaus back on board and with MTM Music, we found a great trustfully partner for the band's future! I can promise that 'Mask Of Sanity' will be a 100% SINNER album, with a lot of harmony guitars and all trademarks of the SINNER history!"

Klaus Sperling is no stranger to the SINNER songs, as he helped out the band on their Japan tour 1999, their European tour with DIO in 2000 and some open-air performances in Europe. Sperling also played drums on the SINNER version of ACCEPT's classic "Balls to the Wall".

Added Sinner: "We've finished the pre-production for the first bunch of tracks and we're excited. Here are some of the songtitles: 'The Sign', 'Revenge', 'Last Men Standing', 'Thunderroar', 'Mask Of Sanity' and 'Black'."

The new SINNER lineup will make its live debut on October 7, 2006 at the H2O in Reichenbach, Germany. Also appearing on the bill will be PRIMAL FEAR, PUMP and TARGA.

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Bloodstock 2005 Nearing Final Lineup

The lineup is close to finalized for Bloodstock 2005 at the Assembly Rooms on 2nd-3rd September. As it stands, there is a wide mix of Thrash, Gothic, Doom, Heavy, Classic, Femme, Power, Metal, and more. The lineup is looking like this:

Friday 2nd September 2005 (Doors 4.00pm) - BATTLE METAL NIGHT


HAMMERFALL (headline)
STORMWARRIOR (+ Kai Hansen exclusive Helloween set)


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Metalium Announce Release Date And Tour

Germany power metal warriors Metalium are currently working on their new album, entitled "Demons Of Insanity", which is tentatively scheduled for release on April 25. Artist Frans Mensink will be taking care of the cover artwork once again as he did for the band's first album, "Millennium Metal Pt. I".

Metalium have planned a small tour of Japan, along with Sweden's Dream Evil. Here are the confirmed dates:

Feb. 10 Osaka, JPN - Club Quattro
Feb. 12 Tokyo, JPN - Shibuya Club Quattro
Feb. 13 Tokyo, JPN - Shibuya Club Quattro

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Dream Evil Guitarist Leaves

Prior to hitting the road with Saxon, Dream Evil have to announce some bad and some good news: Lead-Guitarist Gus G. is leaving the band to focus some more on his own band Firewind.

Gus G. gave us a short statement:

Hello my friends! Hope this message finds u well. I would like to announce to you, that I've decided to leave Dream Evil for different reasons, mainly personal. I would also like to concentrate on my own band, Firewind. However, this doesn't mean that I'm not friends with the guys in the band. I split with them under very friendly circumstances. I wish them the best in the future. As for me, you can count on hearing my new releases coming up later this year. I'm sorry if I dissapoint some of you, but...the show must go on! Stay Metal!

The rest of the guys in Dream Evil are sad about the split, but are happy as well to have found a brillant new lead-guitar player. Here is thje band’s statement about the line-up change:

There are no hard feelings; we are still best friends and we wish Gus nothing but the best in his future musical carrier. Second! The good news: Dream Evil is happy to announce that guitar virtuoso and axe-swinger Mark U Black is our new lead guitarist. This guy rips and shreds like a maniac in a true 80's guitar hero style We feel that with Mark’s skills and his ability to give Dream Evil his full time attention, this change will bring Dream Evil to the next level. We have already played some festival shows with him in Europe, and he delivered! We are very much looking forward to joining Saxon on the road in September/ October as we continue to spread the word about our latest album "The Book Of Heavy Metal." All right in the night!

Next to the Saxon tour, Dream Evil are going to play a very special show in London this year. Together with their Italian label-mates Labyrinth they will set the “Underworld’s” stage on fire on November 13th, 2004. For those who can’t be there, check the latest Dream Evil video clip "The Book Of Heavy Metal" on www.centurymedia.de.

Saxon “Lionheart worldtour” 2004 with Dream Evil (and Metalium*): More...

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Wacken Open Air Festival DVD Info

Armageddon Over Wacken
Various Artists
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127

Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.

The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.

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Mark Cross Joins Winters Bane

World-class player Mark Cross (ex-Helloween, Metalium) is the new drummer for Winters Bane, and will be performing on the band's upcoming album, to be released later this year. Mark's stellar drumming will add a new dimension to the Winters Bane sound, propelling their new songs to greater heights.

With Mark Cross and vocalist Alexander Koch (ex-Powergod) joining founding members Lou St. Paul (guitars) and Dennis Hayes (bass), Winters Bane's strongest lineup is now in place. The band is very confident that their new album will surpass the material on their classic "Heart Of A Killer" opus, which featured Tim Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth) on vocals.

Winters Bane is currently in the studio, with rhythm guitars already finished and drum tracks to be recorded later this month.

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