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Formed: 1983
From: Weil am Rhein, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Destruction Change Booking Agencies

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have issued the following update:

"Destruction will instantaneously work with Twisted Talent Concerts (www.twisted-talent.com) as their partner in charge of their world wide booking. For all further enquiries/requests please contact jöerg@twisted-talent.com. Of course all already booked shows for 2008 will go ahead.

At the same time the band wants to thank Jörg Düsedau of Dragon Concerts for all the years of great business co-operation.

After the release of the new album in august, Destruction will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a historical world wide headline tour, starting in autumn this year."

As previously reported, HEADHUNTER, the side project of Destruction madman Schmier, drum animal Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS) and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON) are currently mixing their comback album, Parasite Of Society with Achim Köhler in Stuttgart, Germany. "This pure metal masterpiece" will be released in April via AFM Records/Candlelight USA/King Records Japan.

Here are the official websites: www.myspace.com/officialheadhunter, www.official-headhunter.com.

Headhunter are confirmed for this summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31st - August 2nd, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

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Destruction To Play Greek Date In February

Greece's Metalpaths.com are reporting that German thrashers DESTRUCTION will perform in Thessaloniki, Greece on February 10th. Venue details and further information is expected soon.

As previously reported, HEADHUNTER, the side project of Destruction madman Schmier, drum animal Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS) and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON) are currently mixing their comback album, Parasite Of Society with Achim Köhler in Stuttgart, Germany. "This pure metal masterpiece" will be released in April via AFM Records/Candlelight USA/King Records Japan.

Here are the official websites: www.myspace.com/officialheadhunter, www.official-headhunter.com.

Headhunter are confirmed for this summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31st - August 2nd, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

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Destruction To Return To Greece Next Month

According to Metalpaths.com, long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION will return to Greece for a concert in Thessaloniki on February 10. The exact venue has not yet been announced.

Fan-filmed video footage of DESTRUCTION performing the song "Beastial Invasion" on November 12, 2007 at the Soundhaus, Glasgow, UK can be viewed here.

DESTRUCTION's "Thrash Anthems" album, a collection of reworked/re-recorded versions of the band's classic tracks, was released in January via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at House of Music Studio in Germany) and Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with almost the same team that worked on the group's "Inventor of Evil" CD: DESTRUCTION's live sound engineers Gerd Krenz, Franky Winkelmann and GURD/POLTERGEIST mastermind VO Pulver. The tracks were mixed by one of the best metal producers in Europe — Jacob Hansen, the Danish producer and INVOCATOR singer and guitarist. More...

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Saxon Confirmed For Atarfe Rock Festival

UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.

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Ratt Confirmed For Atarfe Vega Rock Festival

RATT has been confirmed to play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, set to take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - SPAIN). By now, this is the billing after adding this new act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION. More bands will be announced very soon.

This year the shows will be hold at “Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe”, a modern covered Bullring, with all the facilities, that a music festival like the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival requires.

First tickets can now be sold. The special price for the two day tickets is 45 Euros + issue expenses, this promotion will end the 30th December. Tickets can be bought in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com.

For more info about the festival, visit the official website www.brmusic.net.

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Slaughter Confirmed For Atarfe Rock Festival

Las Vegas-based hard rockers SLAUGHTER are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe, Spain (11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.

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Germany's Devil's Revenge Festival Cancelled

According to a posting on the web site of German thrashers DESTRUCTION, the Devil's Revenge Festival — which was to take place December 29, 2007 at Stadthalle in Lichtenfels, Germany — has been cancelled. "The band is dissapointed by this last-minute cancellation beyond their control 'cause this was supposed to be the last German show until summer/autumn 08," reads a posting on the site. "DESTRUCTION will now start working on the 25th anniversary album that will have a worldwide release in August 2008 on AFM, Candlelight and King Records!"

In addition to DESTRUCTION, Devil's Revenge was scheduled to include performances by GOREFEST, EVOCATION, DEMONICAL, IMPERIOUS REX, DEATHRONATION, VOMITORY and THE DUSKFALL.

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Headhunter Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Recently reactivated German metallers HEADHUNTER - led by DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier - is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

Schmier originally founded Headhunter after his short split from Destruction at the end of the eighties. With Headhunter, Schmier released the three records: Parody Of Life (1990), A Bizarre Gardening Accident (1992) and Rebirth (1994), together with Jörg Michael (ex-SAXON/STRATOVARIUS) on drums and Schmuddel on guitar. The albums were re-released through AFM Records with a remastered sound and a new booklet with old pictures, liner notes and all lyrics on September, 7th. The new Headhunter album will be released in spring 2008 through AFM Records.

The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, HEADHUNTER, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.

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Destruction Planning 25th Anniversary Documentary

Lucem Fero recently published an exclusive interview with DESTRUCTION/HEADHUNTER frontman Schmier, conducted by Welsh interviewer Anthony Morgan prior to DESTRUCTION's November UK tour. Topics of discussion included the reformation of HEADHUNTER, HEADHUNTER's upcoming album, the music style of HEADHUNTER and DESTRUCTION's 25th anniversary plans. Several excerpts from the interview follow:

On resurrecting HEADHUNTER:

"Yeah, it's always been in demand. I was very busy with DESTRUCTION over the last few years, but people always kept asking about HEADHUNTER. Over the last few years, I've had plenty of ideas and riffs. They possibly wouldn't have fit in DESTRUCTION, and that's because they were more traditionally metal somewhat. On the outset, DESTRUCTION was very very busy touring and releasing albums. Since we had a little bit more space this year, I considered at least re-releasing the HEADHUNTER albums for the first time. Many people have always been asking for their re-release in the last seven or eight years, and it's almost been a pain in the ass question; 'When will the HEADHUNTER albums get re-released?' They haven't been released anywhere in the world except for Germany, neighbouring countries and Japan. I was surprised about that, and so there was some major discussion as to why it all started first of all. Right now, it feels good. To me, it's a nice, extra opportunity, outside of DESTRUCTION, to do something that also deals with music."

On the reactions of guitarist Uwe "Schmuddel" Hoffmann (ex-TALON) and drummer Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS, ex-RAGE / SAXON / AXEL RUDI PELL / MEKONG DELTA) when he suggested to reform the group:

"It came up when I remastered the tracks, and that's as I had to listen to the songs over and over. I almost forgot how many great songs were on those albums. Also, I forgot how many nice anthems there were and how the style of HEADHUNTER was different. You can call it power metal, but it's not even power metal. It's between all the genres; it's nice, and it's no-one's style. When I did the remasters, I realised this again. I wrote a song for a friend of mine, and that's because it was his birthday. His biggest wish was to have a song written about his work, so I wrote him a song. It's called 'Silver Skull', and that's the name of his place. It's more in the traditional style of HEADHUNTER. When he and others heard the song, they were all freaking out. They all said 'Oh my god, this is way different than DESTRUCTION,' and commented that it's so much more catchy and traditional than DESTRUCTION's music. The song is so good that it just gave me the kick up the ass to say; 'Man, you're writing songs like this? So why don't you form HEADHUNTER again? With DESTRUCTION, you can't do it.' That gave me the chance to call the guys again, and say; 'Hey, what's up? I've got plenty of riffs, and they're fucking getting dusty here. Why don't we sit together, and talk?' The most funny thing was when I contacted Jörg Michael, the drummer of STRATOVARIUS. I wrote him an email saying; 'Are you busy? I understand if you can't do HEADHUNTER, and I know that I can't give you the money that you need for HEADHUNTER. Think about playing on the album, or we'll hire another guy.' He wrote back one sentence, and that was; 'Any other other guy that plays with HEADHUNTER is a dead guy.' I felt OK about his reply, and Jörg's attitude was the right attitude. We don't need people that are thinking about making money from HEADHUNTER. HEADHUNTER is about playing together, and playing the right music. It's a good laugh, and that's why it was so easy to get the band together again. It's been some years, but they were some fun years. It's great to see the band again, and we got nothing to lose."

On HEADHUNTER's upcoming album:

"We're working on the album right now, and we would love to release the album straight away. I hope it's going to happen in 2008, and we'll see how special it's going to be. We're feeling so good now that we're going to be able at least to bring out the album during spring next year. At least in the beginning of 2008, we can play some festivals with HEADHUNTER. That would be really great.

"Spoiling surprises is somewhat boring, though we're trying to keep it the way it is. The next album is definitely going to be heavier, and a little harder, than the 'Rebirth' album. We'll be retaining the whole melodic lead guitar in the songs, and the whole catchiness of the chorus. It's just going to possibly be a little more up to date than 'Rebirth' was, an album we wrote in 1993. It's definitely going to be a mixture of 'Parody Of Life' (1990), which was more rough, and 'Rebirth', which was more melodic. It's going to keep the balance between those two albums, but with an up to date production that is still old school. Of course, there's going to be some funny parts. HEADHUNTER has to be funny, and that's as we like to enjoy ourselves in the studio. Of course, there'll be some funny intros. We're going to bring the stringed HEADHUNTER back on the cover, which was on the first one."

On DESTRUCTION's 2007 Wacken Open Air appearance:

"Yeah. It's going to be released on a live DVD next year."

On DESTRUCTION's 25th anniversary plans:

"We're going to issue a whole DVD next year, and that'll be for DESTRUCTION's twenty-fifth anniversary. It's going to be a huge release. I'm working with the label right now, and trying to arrange it so that there's some special bonus material on our next album. There's possibly going to be some Wacken tracks as a special bonus, and some other bonus tracks on the next album as a twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of sorts. I want to get in touch with all the old DESTRUCTION members though, and have them talk about their time with DESTRUCTION. It'll be a massive documentary about DESTRUCTION, and that documentary will be included on the twenty-fifth anniversary album's bonus DVD. Of course, all that will include some Wacken tracks. The full length DVD will be out towards the end of next year. The documentary is definitely going to include the contributions of all the ex-members, and so on.

"It's going to be a nice track for the twenty-fifth anniversary album's bonus DVD. We'll talk about how everything started, and our original drummer will be involved in that. We'll then talk about the split with all the people involved, and it's definitely going to be a great look back. It's different though, and that's as we hadn't spoken to those people for many years. It's nice that we're all friends again, and that we can still talk about this. Also, it's nice we can show it to the fans. It'll be a real documentary, and will include all the actual people involved at the time. That part will be included on the twenty-fifth anniversary album's bonus DVD — it comes out on August 27th I think."

Read the full article at lucem fero.

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Overkill Confirmed For Inferno Festival

US thrash legends OVERKILL are confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Inferno Festival is being held in Oslo, Norway from March 19th-22nd at the following venues: Rockefeller, John Dee, Sentrum Scene, Garage, Maiden and Rock In. The confirmed lineup is now as follows: SATYRICON (headliners), DESTRUCTION, SHINING, SKITLIV, 1349 and TULUS. The full schedule will be announced at their kick-off in January. The tickets for the 2008 edition of the festival are now available.

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Testament Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

DESTRUCTION
VADER
OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
BELPHEGOR
FINNTROLL
UNLEASHED
AMORPHIS
RAGE
TESTAMENT

One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.

Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.

TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.

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Destruction To Appear At Mexican Festival

German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:

"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."

As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.

Other acts scheduled for the festival include: DARK FUNERAL, THRESHOLD, OBITUARY, JORN LANDE, AMORPHIS, MELECHESH, RAGE, UNLEASHED, FINNTROLL.

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Melechesh Pull Out Of Legacy Festival

Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD
VADER
SEPTIC FLESH

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
BELPHEGOR
RAGE
UNLEASHED
FINNTROLL

Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

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Symphony X Confirmed For Artarfe Rock Festival

SYMPHONY X are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.

For more info about the festival, visit the official website at www.brmusic.net.

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Destruction Slam U.K. Booking Agent

Germany's DESTRUCTION have released the following statement in the wake of their the recent UK tour:

All three bands really want to thank all of the fans who turned out to support us on our recent Tour of the UK., but we also wish with hindsight, to apologise to some of you that you had to see us in circumstances that were not ideal, at some venues which sometimes should not have even been included on the schedule. This is solely down to the work undertaken by the booking agent we opted to use, Jon Knight of HAGP Music and we would like to draw the attention of all other bands and the fans to this person because we are most disappointed that charlatans like this continue to be in positions of power in the industry we all love – that of Metal!

Destruction frontman Schmier comments: “After 24 years of playing Metal on a professional level, working with this concert agency was the worst and most unprofessional experience we’ve ever had in Europe! I wanna thank all the faithful fans that made this tour a success. Our loyal crew and our brothers in ONSLAUGHT and AMENTI who suffered the same circumstances as well, (Sorry mates!!) but, we all really deserve better than this HAGP Music guy, surely?! No catering on most of the gigs, no posters and advertisement for the shows and the technical rider, which we did send to the UK several months ago, all just seemed to have evaporated or been ignored!

Some of this tour was an insult to METAL! A bloody fuckin´ shame, but because the fans had waited so fuckin´ long, we did not want to disappoint any of you. I really hope that the of the lack of professional equipment at some of the venues will not harm any of the bands in the future or take away from the fact that we know many of you supported us to the hilt on this tour. We found solutions to go on and did not lose a single show on this chaotic horror trip! The replacement gig (Nottingham, Old Angel) for the cancelled show (in Liverpool) came with local assistance and from within the touring family, not from HAGP Music, who then decided also to stop talking to our management and ignoring our email requests for assistance.

Realistically, several shows on this tour should never have been booked in the first place. HAGP Music didn’t care about contracts, venues, the fans, the bands, not even his local guys who were making the best of it sometimes. To have shows announced as being cancelled without our knowledge, to not have the right equipment or have even researched the venues at all etc., caused dreadful tumult to everyone on the tour and required us ourselves to go on to metal forums telling people that the gigs would go ahead. How unprofessional is that? Without the long held experience of our combined band and crew and the great support shown by the Onslaught and Amenti blokes, this tour wouldn’t have survived! I publicly thank every single one!

It’s scary how losers like this guy, Jon Knight, can be in charge of representing us to the fans. I’m posting this to warn othert bands, DO NOT work with this liar! He calls himself a concert agent, but he is no more than a shady amateur!

Thanks again to the fantastic UK & Irish fans; Onslaught, Amenti and the locals that made the gigs possible! Metal doesn’t need this guy, and I can only discourage everybody to not work with him if you don’t wanna lose your ass! Be warned!!!”

Destruction’s European Booking Agent, Dragon Productions add: “In the beginning, Jon Knight (HAGP Music) left a great and professional impression on us. His offer was good so we decided to commit to this tour. Then, when time came to fix the contracts etc., the original offer broke down to only 50%. And this left the band without income, only payments for crew, flights etc. covered.

The band decided to do the tour anyway; they didn't want to let their fans down, but our feelings got worse and worse. The closer the tour became, the more questions we had, and the less Jon responded. He brought in a tour manager who tried to save the chaos, but of course, this guy was fighting a losing battle as the tour progressed because this was a disaster just waiting to happen caused by the lack of professionalism at its base. That tour manager left during the tour and Destruction’s sound engineer took this job on as well. If band and crew hadn’t been such a brilliant team this tour could never have been finished. No one should work with dreamers like HAGP Music, simply look for the professionals.
We will not make this mistake again as I’m sure won’t others who we are told have also worked with HAGP Music. We’re hopefully the last who will suffer this.”

J. Dusedau (Dragon Productions)
Schmier (on behalf of Destruction)
Mike Exley (UK Press Representative to AFM)

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Vader Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
VADER
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...

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My Dying Bride Confirmed For Atarfe Vega Rock

Legendary UK doom outfit MY DYING BRIDE has been confirmed for the rescheduled Atarfe Vega Rock festival, which will now take place March 7-8, 2008 at Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe in Atarfe, Granada, Spain. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

DESTRUCTION
EXCITER
GRAVE DIGGER
KATATONIA
KORPIKLAANI
MAYHEM
MY DYING BRIDE
TRIBAL
UNLEASHED

Two-day tickets cost 45 euros plus service charges. This promotional price will end on December 27.

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Destruction Deny Cancelled U.K. Tour

Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have issued the following update:

"To allay the confusion about the rumours of cancelled UK tour dates, we have a statement from DESTRUCTION/ONSLAUGHT tour manager Baz Barett that will clear up everything."

Commented Barett: "All shows as shown on the official DESTRUCTION and ONSLAUGHT websites are definately still going ahead! Leeds and Manchester events are definitely on! An unreliable promoter has caused confusion but this situation is now rectifed. Any questions please call the venues! All the shows have been outstanding and we hope to see you all!!!"

DESTRUCTION's "Thrash Anthems" album, a collection of reworked/re-recorded versions of the band's classic tracks, was released in January via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at House of Music Studio in Germany) and Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with almost the same team that worked on the group's "Inventor of Evil" CD: DESTRUCTION's live sound engineers Gerd Krenz, Franky Winkelmann and GURD/POLTERGEIST mastermind VO Pulver. The tracks were mixed by one of the best metal producers in Europe — Jacob Hansen, the Danish producer and INVOCATOR singer and guitarist.

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