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WITH THEIR debut self-titled album now on release via Spinefarm Records UK, Helsinki-based four-piece Reckless Love have confirmed a headline London show for Monday, May 24th 2010; the venue will be the Camden Barfly in North London, and this will be the first time the band – fronted by former Crashdiet singer Olli Herman – have played in the UK.

Special Guests on the night will be Brijitte West & The Desperate Hopefuls, led into action by BW herself – front-babe from late ‘90s New York punk band NY Loose; Brijitte has just released her first solo album on Devil’s Jukebox, and this constitutes a rare London appearance for BW and her gang.

Completing the bill will be UK rockers Jettblack, whose debut ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ single/video will be released on April 19th via Spinefarm Records UK; the band’s album of the same name will follow in early June.
Tickets for the Barfly show are available now from the usual outlets. | |

After a thirteen-year hiatus, San Francisco’s FORBIDDEN have returned to the studio to record their as-yet-untitled fifth studio album. Last week, drum tracks were recorded at Bombshelter Studios in downtown Los Angeles with owner Eric Kretz (drummer & founding member of Stone Temple Pilots). FORBIDDEN are currently at Sonic Room Studios in Livermore, California tracking bass, guitar, and vocals.

Studio report part I…

View more studio pictures and read the rest of the studio report here:…

Working titles on the new FORBIDDEN album are as follows:

· Intro

· Swine

· Immortal Wombz

· Omega Wave

· Hopenosis

· Adapt Or Die

· Forsaken At The Gates

· Inhuman Race

· Beyond The Mask

· Dragging My Casket

· Overthrow

The 2010 line-up for FORBIDDEN is Russ Anderson on vocals; Craig Locicero, guitar; Steve Smyth, guitar; Matt Camacho on bass; and Mark Hernandez, drums.

Hear two new FORBIDDEN demo tracks, “Adapt Or Die” and “Hopenosis,” at

posted by paul
Thursday, March 25, 2010


TEXTURES is excited to announce that Daniel de Jongh, former front man of the Dutch metal band CILICE, will replace Eric Kalsbeek who left the band earlier this year.

Daniel had to say this about joining TEXTURES:

“I am truly honored to have been asked to replace Eric as vocalist for TEXTURES. TEXTURES is a standout band and is a band which I've listened to the last couple of years, like so many other metal-fans out there. Although it was a pretty tough decision to leave my former band CILICE, this was an offer I just couldn't refuse. The guys in TEXTURES are just a great bunch of people and it is clear that there is and will be loads of inspiration for the next years to come. I also know how much Eric was respected by the fans and I hope that I can assure you guys out there that I will replace him with as much dignity as he did for TEXTURES the last 6 years. All I can say is that we as TEXTURES are ready to rock everyone out there and that the anticipation for the next album can be withhold. We are in writing process at the time and I can reveal that it is going to be kick-ass as always!!

We will see you guys soon!!”

The band about Daniel joining TEXTURES:
“It was really hard for us to part ways with Eric. Emotionally and musically. But Daniel gives us more than enough reasons to prolong our career, more hyped up than ever before. His experience, personality, musical taste and of course his awesome vocal skills make us see the future like a first spring morning after a severe winter-darkness.”

Textures 2.0 has just been launched!
Daniel will make his live debut on a select number of shows this summer which will be announced soon.


‘UNDER BLACK SKIES’, the second full album from Norwegian sextet Purified In Blood, is set to be released on June 7th 2010 via Spinefarm Records UK.

The follow-up to ‘Reaper Of Souls’ (2006), this 11-track outing has been produced by Ashley Stubbert (a US producer/engineer/mixer who moved to Norway two years ago) in the band’s hometown of Stavanger, and mixed by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Botch) over in Seattle.

Since first coming together in 2003, PIB have toured throughout Europe and the US, shared stages with the likes of Slayer, Mastodon & In Flames, and picked up the occasional award along the way (i.e. the Alarm Award for Best Live Act in 2006).

Now, the six are back with a new album that, in the words of guitarist Tommy Svela, “reflects a decade of terror and decay. It drags you down and rips you apart.

“With ‘Under Black Skies’, we have evolved musically & lyrically into something we are really proud of…” |

posted by paul
Friday, March 19, 2010

SONIC SYNDICATE ­ Tracklisting revealed

Sweden´s Rockstars SONIC SYNDICATE have revealed the tracklisting of their upcoming masterpiece called “We Rule The Night”, due June 1st via Nuclear Blast Records!

Commented the band: “We Rule the Night is a result of everything that Sonic Syndicate has been and has become. When Nathan joined the band in 2009 a fire ignited and everything just felt truly natural for the first time in many ways. We’re having more fun then ever, the music started flowing like water and We Rule the Night is the most exciting album we’ve recorded to date!”

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Beauty And The Freak

2. Revolution, Baby

3. Turn It Up

4. My Own Life

5. Burn This City

6. Black And Blue

7. Miles Apart

8. Plans Are For People

9. Leave Me Alone

10.Break Of Day

11. We Rule The Night

The band will be touring Russia and Japan during April 2010! For tourdates check

posted by paul
Thursday, March 18, 2010



SHADOWS FALL have confirmed that their latest single, ‘Bark At The Moon’, will be released digitally on March 29th 2010; the single – a cover of the title song from Ozzy Osbourne’s 1983 studio album – will also include bonus track ‘King Of Nothing’ (featuring Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe on guest vocals) along with the video for ‘Bark…’ plus a digital booklet.

‘Bark…’ is the second single to be released from Shadow’s Fall’s current ‘Retribution’ album, released in the Autumn of last year via Spinefarm Records UK; it also sees the band making a hugely entertaining video harking back to the classic horror movies of the past, with SF’s dread-headed frontman Brian Fair indulging in all manner of lunar-driven antics.

Following the release of ‘Retribution’, Shadows Fall embarked on a co-headline tour of the UK with label-mates Five Finger Death Punch, and the five are hoping to announce further UK dates in the near future. | |

EX DEO – release new video clip!
(Possibly the most Metal Thing You’ll Ever See)

EX DEO, the Ancient Roman themed arsenal lead by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, have uploaded the video clip for the song “The Final War (Battle of Actium)” to the following location The song also features a guest solo appearance from Karl Sanders of NILE. The clip was released on March 15 (Ides of March) in honour of the god of war, Mars. Iacono commented:

“It has come, on the 15th day the birth of Mars has arrived. The god of war, the celebrations have begun! Let the sirens of war echo the might of Rome. This is the final war!”

The video clip for the track “Romulus” can be viewed here

Live footage of the same track filmed during their Paganfest Europe tour can be viewed here

For more info visit:


EXODUS have uploaded “Hammer And Life,” a new track off their upcoming May 7th release, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, onto their MySpace page!

“We decided to put up an early rough mix of “Hammer and Life” to give everybody a little taste of the new record. The really fast songs, you'll get soon enough! This song is inspired by the one and only Paul Baloff, our ode to him. Paul was always the hammer in Exodus, and he lived for metal more than anyone I've ever known. R.I.P.” Gary Holt, EXODUS

The track listing for the band’s ninth studio album is as follows:

01. 'The Ballad Of Leonard And Charles'
02. 'Beyond The Pale'
03. 'Hammer And Life'
04. 'Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)'
05. 'Downfall'
06. 'March Of The Sycophants'
07. 'Nanking'
08. 'Burn, Hollywood, Burn'
09. 'Democide'
10. 'The Sun Is My Destroyer'
11. 'A Perpetual State Of Indifference'
12. 'Good Riddance'

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop will be issuing an exclusive mail-order edition of the album featuring a slipcase with different artwork (to be unveiled soon) plus the North American bonus track “Devil’s Teeth.”

Exhibit B: The Human Condition was recorded this past December in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Kreator).

Visit EXODUS online at &

posted by paul
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tarot "Gravity Of Light" Now On Ipool


Finland’s finest, heavy metallers TAROT, led by NIGHTWISH bass player Marko Hietala have finished recording their new masterpiece “Gravity Of Light“ – please reply with your username to get access at the NB iPool ( )

“Gravity Of Light” is due on April 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast!

Interview dates:

Thursday 18.03 – and Friday 19.03
06:00 pm CET – 09:00 pm CET

posted by paul
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rhapsody Of Fire featuring Christopher Lee Now On Ipool

On May 3rd the new masterpiece “The Frozen Tears Of Angels“ of RHAPSODY OF FIRE will be released.

Last Friday the free single “Sea Of Fate“ was released on – with several thousand downloads already racked up. Produced by Sascha Paeth at the famous Gate studio (AVANTASIA, EPICA, KAMELOT…), the album once again features Christopher Lee as narrator.

The album is now available at the NB Ipool at – let me know if you need access by replying with your username. The watermarked files also contain a voiceover, courtesy of the one and only Christopher Lee.

Interviews are possible with Luca (daily from 16 – 19 CET) and Alex Staropoli (daily after 18.30 CET).

posted by paul
Thursday, March 11, 2010

KILLING JOKE – Album Release and Tour Dates Rescheduled


WITH A reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits.

Now, 30 years since first bonding in blood, the original line-up of Jaz Coleman (vocals), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson (drums) are about to complete work on their 13th studio album, the first fruits of a new worldwide deal with the Spinefarm Records label, and word from inside the camp is that ‘XIII: Feast Of Fools’ is shaping up to be something very special indeed…

“We have survived equipment being hi-jacked, tapes being withheld, nervous breakdowns, family bereavements, blood lettings, and a host of other challenges of Biblical proportions,” comments Youth. “But we are now at the final ascent, and I have to say it’s one of the greatest albums I have ever had the privilege to be involved with… EVER! I have been living and breathing it for over four months now, and I’m still jaw-droppingly amazed at its power & beauty.

“It is with great pain that we had to make the decision to postpone the European & American tour until later in the year, but the wait will be worth it. I guarantee double orgasms all round when you hear the sound of Big Paul’s drum kit reducing your senses to a pulp!”

Produced by the band, mixed by engineer Clive Goddard, and now set for release on September 6th 2010, this latest set of recordings – put together in London, Spain & Prague – has seen the aforementioned musicians sharing studio space for the first time in 28 years, having already road-tested their relationship with sold-out shows around the world, kicking off in Tokyo last Autumn.

AS A RESULT of the new album moving back to September, the band have also rescheduled their two UK shows. The new dates are as follows:

October 2010
15 UK Picture House, Edinburgh
16 UK Hammersmith Apollo, London

OVER THE years, the four musicians have chosen to develop their talents in a variety of ways: triple Grammy winner Jaz Coleman, for instance, has established an international reputation working with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, whilst Martin ‘Youth’ Glover has become one of the UK’s most celebrated producers, supervising albums from the Verve & Primal Scream amongst others, as well as achieving major success as one half of highly-regarded duo, The Orb.

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s considerable musical legacy can be heard in the works of Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and the like – artists whose rise to fame never saw them cutting ties with the underground/alternative scene.

Once described by Paul Ferguson as ‘the sound of the earth vomiting’, Killing Joke are now poised to take their music of resistance to a whole new level, both in the studio and on the road.

As ever, the journey won’t be easily forgotten… whether those involved wish to do so or not! | |