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Metal News for June 19, 2006

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Freak Kitchen To Embark On U.K. Tour In The Fall

Swedish rockers FREAK KITCHEN will finally be hitting the U.K. for their first full tour in September/October.

Led by über-guitarist Mattias "IA" Eklundh, FREAK KITCHEN will start the tour in Cardiff at The Point on September 27. Support on the dates will come from U.K.-based outfit TORTILLA ARMY.

Sep. 27 - The Point - Cardiff, UK
Sep. 28 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK
Sep. 29 - Liquid Rooms - Edinburgh, UK
Sep. 30 - T.B.A
Oct. 01 - T.B.A.
Oct. 02 - Hard Rock Cafe - Leeds, UK
Oct. 03 - Pressure Point - Brighton, UK

For more information, go to www.freakkitchen.com.

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Dan Swano Will Guest on New Winds Album

WINDS guitarist Carl August Tidemann recently posted a message on the the band's forum stating that he has now completed the solo-guitar recordings for the upcoming album. The rhythm guitars were already completed last year and the recent completion of the solos now concludes all the guitar recordings for the fourth WINDS album.

WINDS — comprised of singer Lars Eric Si (KHOLD), guitarist Carl August Tidemann (ARCTURUS), keyboardist Andy Winter (AGE OF SILENCE) and Jan Axel Von Blomberg (ARCTURUS, MAYHEM) — have also confirmed recent suspicions of a guest performance by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE).

As explained by Andy Winter: "Dan recorded his parts at his own studio in Sweden. We sent him the tracks we wanted him to sing on, along with a few words of what we were looking for. He then came back with some, according to him 'suggestions,' but they were great performances that we intend to keep, and they will surely add to this record in a very positive way." More...

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Priestess Release Debut Album, Mp3 Posted Online

Canada's PRIESTESS have released their debut full length, Hello Master, via RCA Records.

An mp3 of the track 'Talk To Her' can currently be found online at this location.

Further information on the band can be found at their official website, located here.

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Annunaki Post Live Songs Online

ANNUNAKI, the New Jersey-based blackened death metal band featuring ex-BLOOD FEAST drummer Kevin Kuzma, have uploaded two songs from a recent live performance to their MySpace page located here. The concert, which took place June 9 at Dingbatz in Clifton, was ANNUNAKI's live debut, opening for Metal Mike's PAINMUSEUM.

ANNUNAKI will be recording their debut album, "Throne of the Annunaki", at Trax East Studios this September. The album is due out on Militia Records before the end of the year.

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Ava Inferi Launch MySpace Page

Portuguese doom/gothic metallers AVA INFERI have become part of the ever increasing MySpace community, launching their new page at this location.

Meanwhile, the band's official website, located here, is still active.

Season Of Mist Records released Ava Inferi's latest album, Burdens, on January 23rd, 2006.

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Opeth Confirm Ghost Reveries SE Release Date

The release of the special edition CD/DVD of OPETH's Ghost Reveries album has been announced as October 31st via Roadrunner. The album will feature 'Soldier Of Fortune', the DEEP PURPLE cover which will be re-recorded at the famed Atlantis studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The track was originally recorded last December at BBC Radio 1, but due to unforseen legal problems with the BBC in the UK, the BBC recording won't be available other than through downloads. Opeth also recorded live versions of 'The Grand Conjuration' and 'When' during the BBC Radio 1 sessions.

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Gigantour Two-Disc CD and DVD Details Revealed

As news of the return of Gigantour becomes imminent, last year's fast and furious inaugural festival tour arrives in stores on deluxe 2-CD and 2-DVD sets August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment. Both configurations capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.

The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...

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Mnemic Begin Tracking New Album

Danish metallers MNEMIC have begun recording their as-yet-untitled third album for Nuclear Blast Records in Los Angeles, California. Production is being handled by Christian Olde Wolbers (FEAR FACTORY, THREAT SIGNAL) and Warren Riker (DOWN, CATHEDRAL, THE FUGEES) at Track Record Studios (KISS, MEGADETH, AEROSMITH) in North Hollywood.

Commented the band: "Finally after two weeks of rehearsals and pre-production we've started tracking the drums with Warren Riker and Christian Olde Wolbers in North Hollywood. We've been really busy working on 13 brand new songs that kick ass, and along with new singer Guillaume Bideau (ex-SCARVE) this marks a new era for the band. Things are sounding great and we are just getting started!"

The current sessions mark the first time that MNEMIC have recorded in America and represent the second production project of Olde Wolbers for Nuclear Blast, as he recently turned the knobs for THREAT SIGNAL's debut "Under Reprisal" (due out August 22 in North America). He commented recently, "I'm honored to get the opportunity to work with MNEMIC, and I am actually a fan of the band."

The follow-up to 2004's "The Audio Injected Soul", MNEMIC's new album is due out in early 2007.

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Fear Factory, Suffocation, Hypocrisy Announce Tour

FEAR FACTORY defy musical borders, break conventional arrangement, and influence metal bands worldwide. Now FEAR FACTORY are armed with another successful album, equipped to blast the tour doors open with a brutal metal militia in tow.

Headling the "Machines At War" North American tour, FEAR FACTORY wage war from the West, preparing to leave the powerless in their bloody wake. Rivals in the East, bring the menacing SUFFOCATION to the helm while HYPOCRISY battle to the death with Viking valor and DECAPITATED gather their mercenaries to prove the unholiness of Poland. All corners of the nation will find themselves compelled to witness the massacre of the Machines At War and engage in the armed conflict of metal!

Says FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, "I'm really excited about doing a heavy tour like this. A brutal line-up full of metal pioneers has been a long time coming. I guarantee a lot of our fans will agree. Plus you'll be certain to hear some FEAR FACTORY songs that have not been played live in quite some time."

Machines At War Tour featuring FEAR FACTORY, SUFFOCATION, HYPOCRISY and DECAPITATED:

Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
Oct. 28 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
Oct. 30 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Nov. 01 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse live
Nov. 02 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Nov. 03 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Nov. 04 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Nov. 06 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jeeters Pub
Nov. 07 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Nov. 08 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
Nov. 10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Nov. 11 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
Nov. 12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Nov. 13 - Montreal, Que @ Medley
Nov. 14 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Nov. 16 – Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
Nov. 17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov. 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Nov. 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Nov. 22 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
Nov. 24 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Nov. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
Nov. 26 - Saginaw, MI @ Shooters
Nov. 27 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Nov. 28 – Columbia Hts., MN @ Star Central
Nov. 29 – Winnipeg, MB @ Ramada Conf. Center
Dec. 01 – Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
Dec. 02 – Edmonton, AB @ Warehouse
Dec. 05 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Dec. 06 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Dec. 08 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
Dec. 09 – Albuquerque, MN @ Sunshine Theater More...

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Megadeth Confirm Release Date For New Record

MEGADETH's as-yet-untitled new album will be released on Halloween - October 31st. Leader Dave Mustaine is currently working with co-producer Jeff Balding, who helmed 2004's The System Has Failed. The band, completed by guitarist Glen Drover, drummer Shawn Drover and bassist James Lomenzo recently returned from SARM Recording Studios just outside of London, England and are expected to resume recording this month in Los Angeles, CA. As previously reported, Mustaine told BW&BK recently that the record consists of twelve songs - "11 for an American release and 12 for Japan." As for song titles or album, Mustaine remarked, "You know me, these song titles change everyday! And I won't know the record title until I've committed to the damn artwork."

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Mithras Welcome New Live Guitarist

British metallers MITHRAS have posted the following update at their website:

"Mithras would like to welcome new live guitarist Alex de Moller (of underground London based band SCYTHIAN) into the fold.

The Mithras live lineup is now: Rayner Coss (Oratory, Bass), Leon Macey (Lead Guitar), Alex de Moller (Rhythm Guitar), Sean Broster (Drums).

Mithras will be gigging towards the end of the year in support of the new album, Behind The Shadows Lie Madness (more news and release TBA), with what promise to be their most intense live shows yet.

Promoters interested in booking the band, please email shows@mithras.org.uk ."

Mithras' latest album, Worlds Beyond The Veil, was reissued via Candlelight Records in the UK/Europe in March, 2004 and in the U.S. through Candlelight in September, 2004. The album was originally released in September, 2003 via Golden Lake Productions.

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Drummer Peter Stjärnvind Leaves Entombed

A representative from Threeman Recordings is now able to confirm that drummer Peter Stjärnvind has left ENTOMBED.

In the past few days Peter spoke with Entombed guitarist Alex Hellid and the news has now been made "official". Peter will now concentrate full time on his band NIFELHEIM.

Session drummer Olle Dahlstedt will perform with Entombed on their upcoming live dates. Stay tuned for further news on Entombed's drummer situation.

As previously reported, Entombed's new song 'When In Sodom' can now be heard at the band's MySpace page, located here. The version on the page is an edit and clocks in at 3:26.

The full length version of 'When In Sodom' is included on the When In Sodom EP, out now through Threeman Recordings. The mini album contains the following five new Entombed songs: 'When In Sodom', 'Carnage', 'Thou Shalt Kill', 'Heresy' and 'Amen' - one of which will be on the band's upcoming full-length, Serpent Saints, due out on September 18th via Threeman. More...

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Power Quest Upload Tour Bus Video

POWER QUEST have uploaded unseen footage of their tour with THRESHOLD, featuring all the tour bus antics along with a rockumentry video of the making of their Neverworld album (2003) featuring Sam Totman from DRAGONFORCE on guest guitars.

As previously reported, the band earlier this year stated: "Writing is well underway for the fourth Power Quest album and the material is sounding awesome. No time scale to announce as yet regarding recording."

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Audioslave Reveal New Album Details

Epic Records has announced a September 5 release date for "Revelations", the highly anticipated new album from multi-platinum rock band AUDIOSLAVE.

In a recent interview with RollingStone.com, guitarist Tom Morello described the record as "LED ZEPPELIN meets EARTH, WIND AND FIRE," adding that it's a big hard rock record with a funky bottom." Among the album's many highlights is the groove-driven lead single "Original Fire", and "Wide Awake", about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "It's probably AUDIOSLAVE's most political song to date," says Morello.

The Grammy-nominated quartet (vocalist Chris Cornell, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk) recorded "Revelations" at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with acclaimed producer Brendan O'Brien. O'Brien, whose myriad credits include PEARL JAM and BRUCE SPINGSTEEN, mixed AUDIOSLAVE's "Out of Exile" record and the "Live in Cuba" CD and DVD. His history with the band goes back even farther, as he produced RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE albums "Evil Empire" (1996), "The Battle of Los Angeles" (1999) and "Renegades" (2000) and mixed SOUNDGARDEN's "Superunknown" (1994).

"Revelations" follows 2005's "Out of Exile", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 and featured the Grammy-nominated single "Doesn't Remind Me".

"Revelations" track listing:

01. Revelations
02. One And The Same
03. Sound of a Gun
04. Until We Fall
05. Original Fire
06. Broken City
07. Somedays
08. Shape of Things To Come
09. Jewel of the Summertime
10. Wide Awake
11. Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye
12. Moth

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New Dragonforce Album Streaming on AOL

Oldschool metal revivalists Dragonforce have their soon to be released "Inhuman Rampage" streaming on AOL music. Click the link below for a sneak preview.

Read the full article at Streaming audio link.

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Unearth: 'III: In The Eyes Of Fire' Track Listing

UNEARTH have revealed the track listing for their new album, "III: In the Eyes of Fire", due on August 8 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at a Seattle studio with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).

A limited-edition version of "III: In the Eyes of Fire" will include a bonus DVD containing the "making of" footage for the album and a live video filmed on the Sounds of The Underground tour.

"III: In the Eyes of Fire" track listing:

01. This Glorious Nightmare
02. Giles
03. March of the Mutes
04. Sanctity of Brothers
05. The Devil Has Risen
06. This Time Was Mine
07. Unstoppable
08. So It Goes
09. Impostors Kingdom
10. Bled Dry
11. Big Bear and the Hour of Chaos

Bonus DVD (only on limited edition):

* The Making of "III: In The Eyes Of Fire" (directed by Doug Spanenberg)
* Live from the Sounds of The Underground tour

01. The Great Dividers
02. This Lying World
03. Only The People
04. Black Hearts Now Reign

The band have secured a second-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest beginning on June 29 in Seattle, Washington

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Moonspell Frontman Comments On 'Nocturnal Mourning

MOONSPELL Frontman Comments On 'Nocturnal Mourning' Tour

Portugal's #1 heavy metal export MOONSPELL are preparing to embark on their first headlining tour in five years. Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro fondly recalls, "Last time we headlined was late 2001, after the release of 'Darkness and Hope'. The support band was LACUNA COIL on their very first American experience. We can't wait to get back to play our own show and to underline the great ties we built in all of our tours there with our small but very dedicated fan basis. 'Memorial' is intense live and we want our American shows to follow up what we have been doing in Europe so far."

This is the first American tour for MOONSPELL in support of "Memorial", the band's latest release. This time around fans can expect "better and bigger production. We are finally bringing our light team with us. We will have the full strength of 'Memorial', the theatrics... the passion... it will all be there" enthuses Ribeiro.

Supporting MOONSPELL on the appropriately labeled "Nocturnal Mourning" tour are KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES. Ribeiro raves, "I love KATATONIA and I think they are the most brilliant band around. 'Dance of December Souls' is still my album for the rainy days. DAYLIGHT DIES caught my attention with an advance single and since then I purchased 'No Reply' and 'Dismantling Devotion' to get really deeply into this band that, with a life of their own, brings me back to the glorious days of death doom, a style so close to my heart and soul. I believe it is a great, great package with original, individual bands that do it for the passion and for the music. The moonfest for all undergrounders!!! The Euro fans are very jealous!"

The "Nocturnal Mourning" tour is scheduled to kick off October 20 at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dates and venues are subject to change.

Nocturnal Mourning Tour w/ MOONSPELL, KATATONIA, DAYLIGHT DIES:

Oct. 20 - Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft
Oct. 21 - Bedford, NH Mark's Showplace
Oct. 22 - New York, NY B.B. King's Blues Club
Oct. 23 - Montreal, QC Le Medley
Oct. 24 - Quebec City, QC Imperial
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON Opera House
Oct. 26 - Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
Oct. 27 - Detroit, MI I-Rock Nightclub
Oct. 28 - Mokena, IL Pearl Room
Oct. 29 - Columbia Heights, MN Star Central
Oct. 31 - Aurora, CO Illiff Park Saloon
Nov. 02 - Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov. 03 - Portland, OR Rock N Roll Pizza
Nov. 04 - San Francisco, CA The Pound SF
Nov. 06 - Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Nov. 11 - San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Nov. 17 - Springfield, VA Jaxx
Nov. 18 - Latham, NY Saratoga Winners
Nov. 19 - Hartford, CT Webster Theatre / Underground

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Warface Plot Debut Full Length Release

Deathquake Records will release the debut album from U.S. death metal trio WARFACE, entitled Insanity Of The Obsessed, on August 15th.

Hailing from San Diego, CA the trio is comprised of Laura Christine (lead guitar), Dave Smith (vocals, bass) and Scott Ellis (drums). Insanity Of The Obsessed is the follow up to the band's self-titled EP Warface, which was released in 2001.

After signing their new deal with Deathquake Records, the band was sent straight to the studio to work with world-class engineer/producer Alan Sanderson (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLAYER, ROLLING STONES, JOHNNY CASH).

Insanity Of The Obsessed blends complex yet catchy moody-melodies with low brow pounding grooves that hook. This style of writing makes the songs memorable and sticks in the listener’s head and soul.

One other unique dynamic of this extreme metal band is their female lead guitarist Laura Christine. The extreme metal genre has yet to see a female out front handling all rhythm and lead guitar duties single handedly as well as writing and producing.

Warface is not trying to reinvent metal, but simply carry on the tradition of bringing quality metal music to the masses. Insanity Of The Obsessed was written and performed to honor the great legends before them.

For more on the band visit their website at www.warface.net.

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Nocte Obducta Split Up

After more than ten years on the scene, German black metallers NOCTE OBDUCTA have split up. Statements from the band and label (translated from German) follow:

Guitarist/keyboardist Marcel Va. Traumschäuder: "In consideration of the back breaking circumstances which have pressed the band during the last two years and which have led me to a maximum of exhaustion, at the beginning of May we decided to put the band Nocte Obducta on ice. There are many reasons to go on for years but when negative aspects prevail, it is time to close this chapter and make room for something new. As the progressing musical change is mostly receiving sparse approval from the audience like we experienced with some passages of live performed, yet unreleased titles, maybe an end of the project Nocte Obducta is obtaining the acceptance of those who want us to play (avantgarde) black metal only. The final album Sequenzen Einer Wanderung (release winter 2006/07), a really well thought-out concept album, which will be recorded this summer in the Maranis Studios, consists of the maybe the most varied material so far and will deal with the whole field of leaving, changes and restart. Simply because somehow everything will continue without the name Nocte Obducta and without the limiting genre "metal". Our performance at the Metallic Noise Festival 2006 right within the studio time will happen anyway and we are thinking about the idea of one single farewell concert with some friendly bands in winter, more about this topic later... We would like to thank all the loyal fans which have accompanied us over years - maybe even since the first demo - and which stick to us and of course we would like to thank to several small net zines where everyone who is able to spell the word "keyboard" is starting to write something weird about Nocte Obducta, be it fact based reviews, journalistic straight researched articles, unbelievable subtly interpreted interviews or disarmingly intelligent forum entries - we have more than once laugh heartily about such a huge humor and self-mockery. We keep yo up to date..." More...

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Sinister To Film Polish Concert For Upcoming DVD

Dutch death metallers SINISTER will be filming their August 24, 2006 performance in Krakow, Poland for a live DVD, to be released at a later date via Metal Mind Production. Also appearing on the bill will be OBITUARY.

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Agalloch Added To Portland Date On Moonspell Tour

Portland's AGALLOCH have been confirmed as openers for the Portland, OR date of the MOONSPELL/KATATONIA/DAYLIGHT DIES tour on November 3 at Rock N' Roll Pizza.

AGALLOCH's much-anticipated new album, "Ashes against the Grain", is due out August 8 on The End Records. The band recently filmed a video for the song "Not Unlike The Waves" with director Nicole Phillips and cinematographers Richard Stark and Juan Mosqueda. It is currently in the editing process. Over nine hours of footage was shot in three days and the results are quite stunning thus far. To film aficionados, the style of the video will call to mind the work of Ingmar Bergman, Mario Bava, and the German Expressionist movement.

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The Legion Announce New Bassist

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have announced the addition of bassist Kristoffer Andersson from SARGATANAS REIGN as a permanent member. "We're very pleased to have him in the band and we're looking forward to see his contribution in your music," the band write in a statement. "At the moment we're working on material for our third opus. We're constantly developing our music and exploring new paths. A handful of songs are completed and so far it looks like this new album will differ itself a bit from our previous works."

THE LEGION released their sophomore album, "Revocation", in February via Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to Creation".

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Iron Maiden Reveal New Album Details

IRON MAIDEN plan to release their new studio album, entitled "A Matter of Life and Death", in early September.

The band started writing songs at the end of 2005 after a short break from their hugely successful festival appearances in Europe and the USA. After Christmas, the songs were completed and rehearsed when the band then got together with producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley at Sarm West Studios in London to start work on recording the backing tracks.

Kevin Shirley has now co-produced three of the band's studio albums alongside Steve Harris, as well as two of their recent live DVDs and albums. From this the working relationship between Kevin and the band seems to get stronger and stronger. Says Kevin, "The beast is back! I feel from the outset we all clicked on this one. we spent two months in the studio, from go to whoa — from Nicko's 'tubs up' to final mixes and sequenced master! That's a tiny gestation period for an album. Producing IRON MAIDEN is like sitting in the head and driving one of those mammoth automatons from 'Star Wars' or Saturday morning cartoons! And there's nothing that can stop it!

"I feel incredibly privileged to have been around to see this album born and breathe life. There have been only a couple of occasions in my career when the ENTIRE process of recording felt so complete — and it is on display here."

As on previous projects all of the tracks were performed live and together in one room. No click tracks or computer tightening or manipulation has happened at any stage of the recording. More...

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Grave Digger Guitarist Issues Update

GRAVE DIGGER guitarist Manni Schmidt has posted the following update at his official website:

"Is it really one month that has passed since the last news? Man, where’s he time going??? Many things have happened in the past weeks: first, I had the gig with HALBER LITER, where I was invited to play three songs of DIE TOTEN HOSEN ('Hier Kommt Alex', 'Wünsch Dir Was' and 'Bommerlunder') alongside Wölli. As expected it all went great and the crowd was standing upside down, not only on our part! The whole concert of Halber Liter, including some well known guests, has been recorded for a live CD so everybody rocked as hard as they could!

Well, the recordings with PHOENIX RISING also have been finished by now. First, Harry rocked his parts without any problems. As the songs were certain for some time he could fully concentrate on playing his guitar. In the following Ralf sang the songs and could mark some highlights here and there by including some harmonic and effect vocals. And then the whole thing was grafted by the Mönchengladbacher Männerchor. In the end everything was checked and judged to be strongly suspicious of becoming a hit so that next week with recovered ears the mixing can begin. I will do that with my friend Freeman in the Dülmener ToneZone Studio.

In-between I also had some song writing sessions with Grave Digger that were very effective. The songs for the album and for the single which will be recorded in the Sendener Principal Studios on 19th June are stipulated. Now there’s only some fine tuning to be done and then we can start rocking in the studio! More...

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Mob Rules's New Album Nearing Completion

German bashers MOB RULES have posted the following update at their official website:

"Hello Folks!

We´re close to finish the recordings for our new album. We expect to be busy with the final mixing process for the whole of July. The recordings went very well so far but took some more time than we first thought. But we have to be 100 % satisfied with the result and this is something you can´t plan exactly.

Our record company SPV released the DVD-sampler Rock´s Cool on June, 16th. Mob Rules is featured with the video clip of 'Black Rain'. This compilation will be available for a special low price. Further information here.

Then we´ve got some new merchandise for you: from now on you can get a Mob Rules ring in different sizes and a very nice necklace with our Band symbol. This items are high quality and exclusively available at www.metalmailorder.com."

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Annihilator Confirm Band Line-Up For Metalway Fest

ANNIHILATOR will take a short break from recording their follow-up to 2005's Schizo Deluxe CD to play both Metalway Festivals in Spain on July 28th and 29th. Following news that drummer Mike Mangini will be playing on the new album fans at the band's official website have been asking who will be part of the band line-up for the gigs. Guitarist/founder Jeff Waters has issued the following update:

"Russ Bergquist is with us on bass, Mr. (Dave) Padden on vocals and guitar, drummer Ryan Ahoff (from Winnipeg, Canada) and some guy named Jeff Waters on guitar. It is one hell of a line-up."

Waters recently issued the following studio update:

"Dave Padden and I have been locked up in the studio for two weeks now working on guitars and vocals for the new one. He is going to be the first Annihilator guitarist to play rhythm guitar on an Annihilator CD, as well as sing. I guess that makes us a 4-piece band live then! I'm also going to sing some of the tracks I sang on previous records, like King Of The Kill, Refresh The Demon and others. METAL RULES!!!"

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

APO REITER
ARCH ENEMY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
CALIBAN
COMMUNIC
DEATHSTARS
EDGUY
EKTOMORF
ENSIFERUM
EQUILIBRIUM
EVERGREY
GOREFEST
HAMMERFALL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
JUSTICE
KATAKLYSM
KNORKATOR
LORDI
MENDEED
NEVERMORE
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
OPETH
RAGE
SATYRICON
SAXON
SCAR SYMMETRY
SODOM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
THREAT SIGNAL
VENOM
WINTERSUN

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