CULT OF LUNA Ink Deal With EARACHE RECORDS, Part With Bassist

Swedish apocalyptic noisecore outfit CULT OF LUNA have inked a multi-album worldwide deal with Earache Records and have entered Tonteknik Studios (i.e. REFUSED, MESSHUGGAH, BREACH, THE HIVES) to record their sophomore album, due later in the year. In other news, CULT OF LUNA recently parted ways with bassist Axel and are currently seeking a replacement. ...

Read more

WATCHTOWER Compilation Of Rare Recordings Sees Light Of Day

Progressive metal legends WATCHTOWER have issued through Monster Records a compilation CD, entitled Demonstrations in Chaos, containing unreleased rehearsals and recordings from the Control & Resistance era, plus previously-unavailable live tracks, and the infamous Boss Studio demos from 1983 and 1984. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Meltdown (1984) 02. ...

Read more

THYRANE Line Up Finnish Gigs

Finland's THYRANE will perform at the Jääli City Rokki mini-festival in Oulu on July 20th. Also appearing on the bill will be MAPLE CROSS, NORMAL FIGURES and DIVISION BELL. THYRANE are also scheduled to perform at Jalometalli '02 in Oulu on July 27th. As previously reported, THYRANE are scheduled to enter SundiCoop Studios in Savonlinna ...

Read more

RITUAL CARNAGE Announce Japanese Dates

Japan's RITUAL CARNAGE have lined up the following dates during September: Sep. 12 – Osaka, JAP @ Nanba Rockets (w/SHADOW, TACONAGURI SOUHONZAN) Sep. 13 – Nagoya, JAP @ Music Farm (w/ARGUMENT SOUL, SONIC AGITATION) Sep. 15 – Tokyo, JAP @ Takadanobaba Area (w/SIGH, DEFILED, SOLITUDE) In other news, RITUAL CARNAGE will be the only support ...

Read more

RING OF FIRE Live CD/DVD Due In August

RING OF FIRE, led by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals, will release a live CD and DVD, entitled Burning Live in Tokyo, simultaneously in Japan on August 21st. The DVD, according to Mugenkyo Management, is to include a bonus RING OF FIRE interview, multi-angle options and a booklet with live photos. The CD contains ...

Read more

WESTWORLD's "Skin" Debuts Stronger Than Expected

New York's WESTWORLD, featuring TNT frontman Tony Harnell and RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, had their sophomore effort, Skin, debut at college and commercial radio last week to an unexpected flood of support, coming in at #3 on FMQB and Top 10 in Album Network. Says Harnell: "It's great to be back. I'm very proud of ...

Read more

AFTERMATH Ink Deal With ESCAPE MUSIC LTD.

New Jersey's AFTERMATH, whose musical direction is described as a cross between STEEL HOUSE LANE and THIN LIZZY, have inked a deal with Escape Music Ltd. Consisting of Joey Dia (lead vocals, rhythm guitars & bass), Bill DiNapoli (lead guitar & backing vocals), Marc Chandler (drums), and Andy Kadin (keyboards, bass & backing vocals), the ...

Read more

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Set Title, Release Date For Fifth Album

Swedish hard rockers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, featuring former CARCASS and current ARCH ENEMY axeman Mike Amott, have set On Fire as the title of their fifth full-length album, due on September 30th (one week earlier in Japan) through Music For Nations Records. Says Amott, "this is a serious HARD ROCK album featuring off-the-hook musical performances from ...

Read more

STONE SOUR Debut Gets Pushed Up

STONE SOUR, the side project of SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor and rhythm guitarist Jim Root, have pushed up the release date of their self-titled debut album to August 27th through Roadrunner Records. In other news, the song "Bother" from the above-mentioned release (which also appears in slightly different form on the Spider-Man soundtrack) is currently ...

Read more

DYNAMO OPEN AIR: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule for this year's Dynamo Open Air festival—set to take place on Sunday, July 14th at sports park Boshoven in the town of Weert, Holland—has been announced. It is as follows: MAIN STAGE 12:00 - 13:00 DEAD SOUL TRIBE 13:30 - 14:30 PAIN OF SALVTION 15:00 - 16:00 BIOHAZARD 16:30 - 17:30 WITHIN ...

Read more