***METAL  NEWS  030623***
- STRYPER  PLANS  A  TOUR!
Stryper plans on doing around 20-30 shows beginning this Autumn! (Wow!! Finally!) Details are still being worked out. A full tour schedule including dates, locations, and ticket pricing will be posted as soon as they become available. Find out more at the new and improved official website www.stryper.com
- STRYPER's new album titled "7" - The Very Best of Stryper" is now available. The tracks are 1.Something (New Track) 2 . For You (New Track) 3 . Shining Star 4 . Lady 5 . All For One 6 . In God We Trust 7 . Always There For You 8 . To Hell With The Devil 9 . Calling On You 10 . Free 11 . Honestly 12 . The Way 13 . Soldiers Under Command 14 . Makes Me Wanna Sing 15 . Reach Out 16 . From Wrong To Right 17 . Loving You 18 . Believe . As you can see , the CD begins with the newest tracks, then works its way back through Stryper history (With the exception of "Believe" as the final track.) The cd is released on Hollywood Records, and distributed by Universal Distribution
- Death Metal band HEARKEN have now released their first fullength cd called Nuclear Negligence. It consists of
almost 55 minutes of Technical Brutality. http://hearken.tripod.com
- VAAKEVANDRING  IS  NO  MORE
I know some of you out there has been wondering what's been going on with Vaakevandring.
Well, to be honest: NOT MUCH!
We played our last show in Oslo, December 2001, and sadly, this WOULD be the last show from Vaakevandring.
Due to some personal affairs within the band, we took a break after our guitarplayer left the band in early spring of 2002.
He was our webmaster, which is the reason the website has been down for a while.
The 4 remaining members then decided to end the band late 2002, because of several reasons. One being that 3 of the 4 members are now involved in ANTESTOR fulltime.
We don't want to make this dramatic at all, and we (all 5) former members of the band are still good friends and see each other every now and then.
However, there are a few Vaakevandring songs that we (the 4 remaining members) hope to be able to record and release as a full length some day. Maybe this year, but nothing has been set yet. Thanks alot for your support, and we look really forward to serve you with Antestor and other projects too!
On behalf of Antestor/Vaakevandring,
- SAINT  NEWS
Saint fans rejoice! Classic Heavy Metal band Saint has once again raised the battleaxe ready to crush evil with their Heavy Heavy Metal (which musically reminds of the secular metallers Judas Priest). Armor Records will be reissuing the 2 disc set
complete with all four SAINT CD's "Warriors of the Son", "Time's End",
"Too Late For living" and "The Perfect Life". It will come in a slim line
jewel case and have 6 panels, 3 with live shot pictures and 3 with info.
The album shall be out by June 15.
More great news! Saint has rerecruited Josh Kramer on vocals! A new album is also on the way! The new CD will be recorded late this year and early next and tentatively named "In The Battle". The sound will be traditional Saint and will sound like a cross between
Time's End" and "Too Late For Living". Yes, finally SAINT is back again in full force! For more info mail Richard Lynch at email@example.com or visit www.angelfire.com/nj2/saint777/ Josh Kramer has also set up a Saint page at http://saint777.net/saint_page.html
- TOURNIQUET  NEWS
Tourniquet's new album Where Moth and Rust Destroy on Metal Blade is now available worldwide. The band has also released a DVD called Ocular Digital featuring two concerts + Ark of Suffering video. They are also working with a drumming DVD! Ted is getting the final material together for the expanded DVD "The Unreleased Drum Solos". The band has also made cool embroidered Tourniquet patches as well as Where Moth and Rust Destroy shirts - short AND long sleeve. More info at the website www.tourniquet.net
- Norwegian extreme band DROTTNAR have made a new EP. They are signed by the new album Momentum Scandinavia and the new EP ”Anamorphosis” will be released in July. The EP will contain 4 tracks and will be available in a limited edition. www.drottnar.com
- LIVING  SACRIFICE  IS  OVER
this is it for real this time. Due to personal family obligations and issues that have recently come up, Living Sacrifice will not continue to tour after next week. We are very sorry to have to cancel our west coast dates and all others in June and July. Our final shows are listed below. If you would, please get the word out so that these final shows will be successful.
We have no plans to do any other tours or albums as we feel that the time has come to move on. thanks to all of you who have been a part of Living Sacrifice and the success we have had over the last 13 years.
God Bless you all.
Bruce, Lance, Arthur, Matthew, and Cory.
6/28 Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
7/5 Bushnell, IL @ Cornerstone Festival
- The entire LIGHTFORCE recordings plus 2 bonus tracks has now been rereleased. Lightforce 1986 to 1989 contains the Mystical Thieves and Battlezone albums plus 2 bonus songs from the 1986 Lightforce Demo. This is where it all began for Steve of Mortification. More info at www.roweproductions.com Talking about Mortification you can also download MP3s and listen to streaming music from all Mortification albums at
Due to the war situation MORTIFICATION will not be touring overseas this year, however in 2004 they plan to visit Switzerland, Germany, Holland, USA, Mexico and Brazil as the opportunities become available.
- EXTOL  NEWS
Synergy is now released at Century Media and available worldwide. The Cover art for the new album is made by no other than Hugh Syme who has made cover art for bands such as Rush, Megadeth, Aerosmith & lots of other ones. It totally ROCKS! Musically the new album reminds of the thrash band Believer! You can prelisten to a few tunes on Extol's website www.undeceived.net
Extol also plans a world tour with the dates below. Most of them are confirmed, but some are still being worked on, so changes may occur.
Wed. June 25, Sox Place, Denver, CO
Thu. June 26, The Ground Zero, Wichita, KS
Fri. June 27, The Door, Dallas, TX
Sat. June 28, Vinos, Little Rock, AR
Sun. June 29, The El Torreon, Kansas City, MO
Tue. July 1, Cornerstone Festival, Tooth & Nail Day, Bushnell, IL
Thu. July 3, Cornerstone Festival, HM Stage, Bushnell, IL
Sun. July 6, SFBC, Atlanta, GA
Mon. July 7, RCKTWN Skatepark, Nashville, TN
Tue. July 8, The Emerson Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Thu. July 10, Sonshine Festival, HM Stage, Willmar, MN
Fri. July 11, The Eagle Reception Hall, Rock Island, IL
Sat. July 12, The Rock, Omaha, NE
Tue. July 15, TBA, Boise, ID
Thu. August 14, Flevo Festival, Main Stage, Eindhoven, Holland
Sat. August 16, Destruction Fest, The Underworld, London, UK
- LOUDER THAN HELL Volume 1: Christian Metal Archives is a special project which will consist of a 3-4 CD set of demos from the 80's/90's
with help of people like Doug Van Pelt, Dave Johnson (ex-White
Heald, Dave Mutillo, and some other experts. Entire demos will be
along with extensive biographies of the bands. It will recognize their
efforts and all that they did to pave the way for the current hard
scene. The project is lead by Matt Hunt and it will be released on his label Retroactive Records. For more info mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- The European release date for ROB ROCK's new album "Eyes of Eternity" has been rescheduled for June 23 on Massacre Records, 4 days before the Rob Rock "Bang Your Head" Festival performance in Balingen, Germany on Friday June 27th.
The Japan/Asia release date is scheduled for July 21 and includes two bonus tracks for Japan. The US release will be available at this site as soon as possible.
The album is currently being mastered at Finnvox Studios in Finland by Mika Jussila.
The CD was produced, arranged, and mixed by Roy Z. (Halford, Dickinson, Helloween)
All songs were written by Rob Rock and Roy Z.
Guest appearances on the epic 12 minute song “The Hour of Dawn” include classic guitar solos from:
Roy Z (Halford, Tribe of Gypsies), Gus G. (Dream Evil, Firewind), Tom Naumann (Primal Fear), Carl Johan Grimmark (Narnia), Rick Renstrom (Rage of Creation), Jeff Kollman (Glenn Hughes), Jack Frost (Seven Witches), Howie Simon (Tamplin, Jeff Scott Soto), Jimi Bell (Wayne's Metal Church), and Axel Rudi Pell.
“The Hour of Dawn” also includes keyboard solos from Mistheria and Alex Argento. "Rock The Earth" includes additional backing vocals by Sean Peck (Cage).
Stay tuned to www.robrock.com for new updates and album release information, and concert information.
Rob Rock's Rage of Creation Band will soon begin rehearsals for the new "Eyes of Eternity" tour. Warm-up shows are expected in the Orlando Florida area before the band goes to Balingen Germany for the Bang Your Head festival.
- STUCK  IN  THE  80'S  WITH  PASTOR BOB!
Okay, all you big-hair, 80's metal fans! This is great news ... Pastor Bob and Jim LaVerde (Barren Cross) are going to do an 80's type melodic metal radio stream! Any time - 24/7 - you will be able to tune in and hear the BEST in CHRISTIAN METAL! The show will debut sometime within the next two weeks. Dude - it'll be WAY cool! http://www.intenseradio.com
SWEDISH  METAL  NEWS
- Melodic Metal band Harmony have now released their first cd titled Dreaming Awake on Massacre Records. This is melodic guitarshredding metal that fans of Yngwie Malmsteen and Narnia are gonna love! This is most excellent metal and can very well be the release of the year. http://www.harmonymetal.net
- Laudamus is proud to announce the signing with Escape Music ltd.
The album "Lost in Vain" was released in Europe the 16th June 2003.
Guestplayers on the album are:
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsten), Marty Friedman (Megadeth),
Marcello (Europe), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Rob Rock (Chris
Impellitteri, Roy Z, Axel Rudi Pell, Joshua Perahia and Dennis Cameron),
Simon (Ken Tamplin, Glenn Huges, Jeff Scott Soto) and Ed Roth
Coolio Maya). The result is an album with great songs, heavy rhythms,
powerful choruses and a message that goes straight to the heart
For more info contact email@example.com or visit the websites below.
- Allsherjar have changed name to Shadows of Paragon
- Inevitable End is a new thrash/death metal band from Nässjö.
- Classic Metal band Leviticus played on Hjoursfestivalen in Hjo, Sweden on 20th of June. They opened up for In Flames! They are also busy mixing the live album that was recorded on Bobfest. Look for a release in August/September. The livealbum can also be preordered at their official website. www.leviticus.se
- Narnia's album The Great Fall is now released on Nuclear Blast. Expect their heaviest album to date. Narnia also recorded a live CD/DVD in Owen, Germany in front of 1800 fans. The release is planned somewhere this autumn 2003. There is also a line-up change in the band: Martin Claesson, Narnia's keyboard-player for six years, has left the band. He left right after fullfilling his dutys on the new album. Martin made this statement: "As You know by now I have decided to leave Narnia - a tough decision to make since I've really enjoyed being a part of the band and meeting the fans at our concerts. Despite all this I feel that it's time to move on. I want to thank all fans and promoters I have met during my time with Narnia. You have made this time unforgettable! I also want to wish the best of luck to Narnia and especially my replacer Linus. God bless You and……..LONG LIVE THE KING! " /Martin. Martins replacer is Linus Kåse from Helsingborg in Skåne (southern part of Sweden) www.narniaworld.com
- Narnia will open up for Dio in Västerås, Sweden on the 4th of July! www.ticnet.se
- Christian Rivel of Narnia are working hard with pre-production of his solo album called
Christian Rivel´s Audiovisions. The producer is Lars Chriss from Lions Share and he has also written songs for the album. Carl-Johan Grimmark from Narnia has written one song and will play guitarsolos together with Pontus Norgren ex. Talisman, Great King Rat & Damage Done. Andreas Olsson from Narnia, Harmony & Stormwind and Per Schelander from Spyke & House Of Shakira will handle the bass. Keyboards will be handled by Micael Andersson from the band Cloudscape and more musicians will be involved in this recording. The style is melodic heavy metal with lots of harmony vocals in the vein of Uriah Heep & Sweet. The album will be recorded during 2003 and be out somewhere 2004.
Christian Rivel's label Rivel Records are currently negotiating with several record labels in South America
for licencing in these territories. More info later. If you are interested to licence Rivel Records albums in your territory feel free to contact Christian at: firstname.lastname@example.org More info about this cool label can also be found on www.rivelrecords.com
- There are more releases to come from Rivel Records. The band SYSTEM BREAKDOWN featuring guitarist Carljohan Grimmark, drummer Andreas Johansson and guitartech Ronnie Jaldemark on keyboards from NARNIA. Vocalist of the band is Pär Hagström, fanstastic vocalist in the same vein as Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin. The bass is handled by Karl Persson. The band is playing heavy music and have influnces from bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Sound Garden and also symphonic touches from Genesis. The album will be released 4th of July 2003 Check out their site www.systembreakdown.com that will be open soon.
- Melodic Hardrockers in the band Heaven have a track on the compilation "Metal for the world" by Big Riff Records in Kansas, USA http://heaven.best.cd
- Pantokrator's first fullength album "Blod" (blood) has been released on
on rivel records Expect brutal and melodic death metal with some female vocals added as extra effect.http://www.panto.tk
- Crimson Moonlight first fulllength cd "The Covenant Progress" contains 9 songs of brutal, melodic blackmetal in the scandinavian vein.... This is outstanding black metal that can beat any black metal band out there. The total runningtime is over 50 minutes. The band is looking for a new bassplayer since Hubbe now plays guitar and Petter synth. Crimson Moonlight has also made t-shirts. Find out more about this cool band at www.crimsonmoonlight.com
- Sons of Thunder released their new cd Circus of Power on Bobfest. The cd is mixed by Thorbjörn Weinesjö from Veni Domine and it contains plenty of heavy praise metal. Both Crimson Moonlight and Sons of Thunder are signed to Rivel Records. For more about the band visit www.sonsofthunder777.com
- Melodic metallers Laudamus now have soundclips of two tunes that will be on their upcoming album. You can check'em out at http://www.laudamus.se
- For the 7th year in a row there was a prayer meeting for christian metal on the christian conference Nyhemsveckan. ca 40 people attended and prayed according to Matthews 18:19 for revival in the swedish metal world, for the christian metal bands, for unity, for Bobfest, for christian metal cds, zines, websites etc, that God will use them in a mighty way to lead many to Christ. It was a very powerful prayer meeting that lasted for almost an hour. The prayermeeting was organized by Prayer Warriors, a prayerchain praying for revival in the swedish metal world. http://surf.to/prayerwarriors
Things here at the Bride camp have been very enterprising. Mainly we have
focused our attention on song writing and preparing for the studio May 31st.
We have chosen 12 songs out of the couple of dozen we have worked on. We
believe we have a great group of songs and are confident that the Bride fans
are going to enjoy. We have read over your emails and letters throughout the
past year and we did as many of you suggested. We have drawn inspiration
from within and have composed songs that we really enjoy playing. Thus far
we have no ballads but one never knows once a band enters the studio if the
creative bug will bite or not. We only have a couple of more weeks to
rehearse but will be more than ready to lay these songs down.
The recording process will be done on each weekend in the month of June and hopefully
mixed during this time frame. The band is producing this work and we are
going to bring out who and what Bride really is in the recording. If you
liked the live vibe and dry mixes of Snakes in the Playground then you will
really like the new CD.
Because CD's are not just recorded and sent out immediately, we expect a
release date to be around the end of August. We still need an artist to
design a cover and there will still be time spent at the manufacturing
plant. It seems like that the recording of a CD is easier than preparing it
for release. Because this will be an independent release we encourage anyone
and everyone involved with magazines, radio and bookstores to contact us. We
want to service all legitimate outlets.
We will let you know when it will be time to preorder. Meanwhile we could
use your help in promoting this new project. Call your radio stations and
tell youth groups etc about the new CD. The success of this project will be
determined by the fans and will also influence the longevity of the band.
BRIDE RELASES DVD!
Many of you have requested that Bride release a DVD of live footage etc.
Troy and I have gone through the over 100 video recordings that we have shot
of the band over the past 18 years and have put together what we hope is the
first of many projects which chronicles the band. The newest DVD / Video
project is called "Bride The World Tour" This work contains 90
minutes of never before seen video footage (some that we feared had been
lost). On this project you will see what it is to fly with Bride, room with
Bride, hang out back stage with Bride, drive and eat with Bride. This
project takes you along on tour and vacation as the band makes its way to
South America and back. There is also footage of
them sight seeing and a lot of serious humor and tragedy.
This in my opinion is the most up close and personal footage ever released
of the group.
The sales success of this project will dictate future Bride DVD releases. In
other words if you, the fans support this DVD we will do more in the future.
It is rather costly to do the DVD format but since many of you desired the
DVD format we thought we would give you an opportunity to own one.
We are taking
preorders now. This project is $16.00 video and $20.00 DVD. Please allow 4
to 6 weeks delivery.
If you are interested in ordering this video or the DVD "Bride The World
Tour" send a check or money order to Bride 295 Churchview Road West Point KY
40177 or email your credit card information, along with your name and
mailing address to this email address. I will take care of each order
personally. Please allow a little time to receive these. If you live outside
of the United States send $3.00 postage.
Visit Bride atwww.bridepub.com
- ENDLESS FUNERAL is a new black metal band. They have a demo cd out titled Darkened Horizons. For more info visit
http://22.214.171.124/artists/endlessfuneral or mail email@example.com
- Classic Metal band SHINING FORCE have now released their new selftitled cd on Bloodbought Records. Look for a heavy release with real metal. www.bloodboughtrecords.com
- Power Metal band SEVENTH AVENUE announces a lineup-change. Geronimo has left the band. He has done his last show on the 22.03 on their CD release party. Now they are looking for a new bassman. He should come from Wolfsburg / Gifhorn or Braunschweig. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Seventh Avenue has an European tour planned in late summer or in fall. There they will be the support for Rob Rock and Narnia. But the tour isn't firmed yet... www.seventh-avenue.de
- THIRD/CROW said this about their latest album: "I think this album is gonna blow people away, and show that styles like Guardian and Stryper can be harmonized with sounds like P.O.D. and Pillar," said Jonathan Bishop, lead singer. www.thirdcrow.com
- MOMENTUM SCANDINAVIA is the name of a new label brought to you by the folks
at Nordic Mission (Norway) & Endtime Productions (Sweden).
We just released our first album: ANTESTOR: The Defeat Of Satan which is the
re-release of the bands 2 first demos from '91 & '93. The tapes have been
totally remastered and the release is strictly limited to 999 copies (each
numbered) to make this a collector's item. It also means this CD will become
rare and out of print very soon.
The music is considered slow doomy death with old thrash metal influences.
Quite uniqe back in the day, and a true legendary release from the upcoming
extreme Scandinavian metal scene.
Contact us for distribution options. More releases will come in the near
future bringing you the best from the Christian extreme underground!
Hope to hear from you soon!
- BLOODGOOD has been forced to change the address to their website. The new address is http://www.bloodgoodband.com/
- REX CARROL is back again! The phenomenal guitarist from Whitecross plays the guitars on the new cd Fan The Flame by the band Eden! Rex
holds nothing back as he handles all guitars on the album. Any fan of Whitecross will instantly know the trademarked signature sound of Rex Carroll on FAN THE FLAME”. Arguably, Rex’s guitar playing has not been so flashy or predominant since his early days in Whitecross. Singer in Eden is Joe Dokken. Eden has a melodic hard rock sound that appeal to fans of Whitecross, Guardian, Stryper, Dokken, and Warrant. http://www.dokkenseden.com The album is released on the new label Retroactive Records. For more info mail email@example.com
- DANIEL BAND has re-released “Straight Ahead” & “Run From the Darkness” on one cd.
- SCREAMS OF CHAOS has re-released their cd "Genetic War". Musically this is extreme death/black metal with cyber-industrial leanings. The cd also contains 2 bonus tracks called Remember and In The Name of God. According to the label Retroactive Records it will appeal to fans of In Flames, Emperor, Extol, Ancient and Horde.
- JIMMY BROWN of Deliverance has released a industrial album with the band FEARFUL SYMMETRY. The cd is called The Sad Veils of Tears and will appeal to fans of Deliverance latest album Assimilition as well as fans of Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails. Both Daniel Band, Scream of Chaos and the Fearful Symmetry cds are released by Retroactive Records. For more info mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Also set to be released on Retroactive Records are:
TEMPEST - ANIHILATION OF THE WICKED + bonus tracks
GOLGATHA - PRISONER + bonus tracks
VALOR - FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE + bonus tracks
XALT - DARK WAR + bonus tracks
VARIOUS - LOUDER THAN HELL! VOL. 1: CHRISTIAN METAL ARCHIVES
NEON CROSS - LIVE AT SANCTUARY 2000
NEON CROSS - new album currently being recorded
NEON CROSS - album meant to be recorded/released after debut
DANIEL BAND - RISE UP / RUNNING OUT OF TIME (2 on 1 CD)
DANIEL BAND - demo / bonus tracks
ELECTRIK - LOVE, BUZZ, HARMONY + bonus tracks
SCREAMS OF CHAOS - DVD with videos and bonus material
- Insacris is a cool Christian Metal Website in Colombia
- Rich Davenport, a christian soloartist who formerly where vocalist / guitarist in UK rockers Through The Storm, is back in action. Now branching out as a solo artist, Rich aims to maintain his former band's commitment delivering hard-hitting, melodic Metal songs with a fresh, energetic approach. This week sees the release of Rich's first comedy CD, "Laugh Out Loud!", which features a selection of Monty Python-style comedy sketches, along with two bonus tracks with real hardhitting metal. The CD and free MP3 samples of these tracks are available at www.richdavenport.co.uk
- Ken Tamplins new cd titled Wake The Nations is now released. The cd has strong hooks and plenty of guitar solos and many think it's one of Tamplins' best. Guestplayers are no less than Marty Friedman, Ritchie Kotzen, Reb Beach, Kee Marcello, Jeff Watson, Pete Lesperence, Mattias Eklundh, Steve Salas and more http://www.kentamplin.com
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