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QUEEN Album Gets Official Release In Iran

BBC News is reporting that QUEEN, fronted by gay icon Freddie Mercury, has become the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music is strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime. But an album of QUEEN's greatest hits was officially released in Iran on ...

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MANTAS: Live Photos Posted Online

MANTAS, the new band featuring former VENOM guitarist Mantas and ex-ATOMKRAFT/VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition" Dolan, have uploaded photos from the group's recent appearances at the London Underworld and Earthshaker festival in Germany. Check them out: Earthshaker, Underworld. Regarding their performance at the Earthshaker Fest 2004, the band write on their web ...

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EDGUY Singer Talks About Upcoming DVD, Studio Album

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet recently answered several questions for the group's official web site regarding the band's recent tour, the upcoming DVD and the group's next studio album. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: The fans have been asking so here it goes — will there be an EDGUY DVD sometime soon? Tobias Sammet: ...

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Redimus - HECATE ENTHRONED

You should never judge a book by its cover, of course. Neither then, should you judge a band like HECATE ENTHRONED by the intricacy of their album cover art, which depicts angels and demons sparring mightily in the heavens above a sleepy countryside scene. As a piece of gloomy illustrative work, this is pretty impressive ...

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ROB ZOMBIE To Develop Animated Feature Based On 'El Superbeasto' Comic

Rob Zombie has teamed up with DPS Film Roman, an IDT Entertainment Company, to produce an animated feature based on his Spookshow International comic book "El Superbeasto". Anchor Bay Entertainment, also an IDT Entertainment company, will handle domestic video distribution. IDT Entertainment Sales will be responsible for international distribution. Zombie will serve as executive producer ...

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MINISTRY: Fall Tour Dates Announced

The first dates have been announced for MINISTRY's fall 2004 headlining tour. They are as follows: Sep. 14 – Meridian - Houston, TX Sep. 17 - Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO Sep. 21 - 4th and B - San Diego, CA Sep. 22 - House of Blues Anaheim - Anaheim, CA Sep. 24 - House ...

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MINISTRY: 'No W' Video Posted Online

MINISTRY's video for the track "No W" has been posted online at this location (courtesy of RollingStone.com). "No W" comes off the band's latest CD, "Houses of the Molé", available now on Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina" was recorded at El Paso's Sonic Ranch studios and marks the group's first release ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE 'Most Important Person in Rock'

Sharon Osbourne has topped a list of the most important people in rock compiled by Kerrang! magazine, according to Scotsman.com. The 51-year-old wife/manager Ozzy Osbourne, who beat the likes of Kurt Cobain and Justin Hawkins from THE DARKNESS in the Kerrang! power list, was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer. ...

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ACHERON: We Are Not Nazis!

On June 21, 2004, Black Lotus Records will be releasing a special ACHERON double-CD featuring 32 of the Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band's past songs digitally re-mastered. The collection, titled "Decade Infernus 1988-1998", will reportedly "put the listeners on a journey from the band's first classic album 'Rites of the Black Mass' to their ...

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SATYRICON Frontman Comments On QUORTHON's Passing

SATYRICON frontman Satyr has issued the following statement regarding the passing of BATHORY legend Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg (as exclusively reported here on June 8): "Hearing about Quorthon's death was just sad. 39 years old you know... BATHORY made a huge impact on Frost and myself and it was the first Black Metal band ...

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KULT OV AZAZEL: Album Recording Sessions Postponed

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have posted the following message on their official web site: "We have decided to postpone recording the new album. Instead of the original plan of recording in August or September, we have decided to wait and record in January 2005 at Mana Studio (HATE ETERNAL, IN BATTLE, KRISIUN, MALEVOLENT ...

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ACHERON Set Title For New Album

Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band ACHERON have been working on music for their next album, tentatively titled "Sanctum Regnum". The band are taking it slowly and are enjoying the songwriting process. The theme for the CD will be "a very apocalyptic concept." Songtitles set to appear on the album include "The Apocalypse", "Godless (We ...

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ENTOMBED/THE COFFINSHAKERS Split Single On The Way

Primitive Art Records will release a split single of ENTOMBED and THE COFFINSHAKERS covering LEE HAZLEWOOD songs. ENTOMBED will contribute their version of "Some Velvet Morning" (taken from their 2002 release "Sons Of Satan Praise the Lord"), while THE COFFINSHAKERS will appear with "Dark in My Heart" (a track previously released as a bonus track ...

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EXODUS: DNA Lounge Photos Posted Online

A bunch of photos taken at EXODUS' record-release show on March 11 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California have been posted at this location. Also available are pictures of opening act, MERCYFUL FATE tribute band HAIL SATAN, whose set included a guest appearance by MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel. EXODUS' new ...

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THE PROJECT HATE/GOD AMONG INSECTS: Armageddon Finally Comes

THE PROJECT HATE/GOD AMONG INSECTS guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) has issued the following update: "Global Domination, the new excellent music-site founded by Lord K Philipson of THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, and friends, is now launched. www.globaldomination.se will be working in some time as the name is registered, but for now you'll have to ...

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HECATE ENTHRONED Comment On Singer's Departure

British black metallers HECATE ENTHRONED have issued the following statement regarding the recent departure of their vocalist Dean. "Well, we were as shocked as many of you obviously are at Dean's leaving, a sad day indeed but we respect Dean's motives and reasons and cant argue with them, he is a man of ...

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