Metal News: 01-05-2003


Iron In The Soul
Apr 1, 2002
IRON MAIDEN: Give Me A Bigger Ed!

"The summer is heating up and so is the demand for Iron Maiden tickets on the Give Me Ed...Til I'm Dead Tour.

Management have just confirmed that owing to an overwhelming response to tickets in Zagreb, Croatia they have had to upgrade venues from the 7,000 seat Dom Sportova Hall to the 20,000 seat Radnik Stadium. The date remains Saturday June 17th.

This follows the news that Iron Maiden's headlining show at New Yorks' Madison Square Gardens on 30th July sold out in a matter of hours; while all three shows in Scandinavia sold out shortly after going on sale - including the 31,000 capacity Stockholm Stadium. All this makes the Give Me Ed Tour one of the hottest tickets this summer.

The dates are among the band’s headlining performances at most of the biggest festivals across Europe this year, starting with the Download Festival at Donington Park on Saturday May 31st.

Maiden have promised they will take no prisoners. As Bruce Dickinson says "This will be a full on Maiden summer here in Europe and later in the USA. We've been putting the finishing touches to the new album which I think has got us all very excited about getting out there and putting on a spectacular show. The news about the shows selling out and in some cases getting bigger is fantastic. We've always said that one day metal would be back in a big way and some people would laugh at that. Well, I think that day has definitely arrived."

Tickets for all the European shows are on sale now so if you haven't got your tickets yet you need to move fast! "

BRAINSTORM Finalize tracklisting for new album

"Hey all, we have the final tracklist of "SOUL TEMPTATION" for you:
1. Highs Without Lows
2. Doorway To Survive
3. The Leading
4. Nunca Nos Rendimos
5. Fading
Trinity Of Lust:
• 6. Shiva's Tears
• 7. Fornever
• 8. Soul Temptation
9. Dying Outside
10. To The Head
11. Rising

The limited edition (double digi pack) of Soul Temptation will also feature the bonustrack "Amarillo" and a free LIVE DVD, recorded live at the SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL 2002 (five cameras, Dolby surround 5.1). Here's also the final tracklist of the DVD:

1. Metus Mortis (intro) (Metus Mortis / 2001)
2. Blind Suffering (Metus Mortis / 2001)
3. Crush Depth (Ambiguity / 2000)
4. Shadowland (Metus Mortis / 2001)
5. Voices (Unholy / 1998)
6. Checkmate in Red (Metus Mortis / 2001)
7. Liar's Edge (Hungry / 1997 )
8. Hollow Hideaway (Metus Mortis / 2001)
9. Under Lights (Metus Mortis / 2001)

SOUL TEMPTATION will be released on June 30th on METAL BLADE RECORDS!!!
Cheers - Brainstorm"

BRAINSTORM will appear at the Blind Guardian Open Air and the Bang Your Head festivals in June. A full-length European tour, dubbed "Tempting Europe", is planned for the fall.


Italian power metallers LABYRINTH have inked a deal with Century Media Records. The group will issue their fourth full-length album, simply titled "Labyrinth", on June 30.

"Labyrinth", which features artwork by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, JAG PANZER, etc.), was recorded by Giovanni Spinotti and William Novati at Noise Factory Studio in Milano, Italy and mastered by Jürgen Lusky at House of Audio studio in Germany. According to an official press release, the album "offers 10 flawlessly executed new tracks of aggressively melodic metal in its purest form and should leave none of the band's loyal fans unimpressed."

The complete track listing for "Labyrinth" is as follows:

01. The Prophet (4:46)
02. Livin' In A Maze (4:37)
03. This World (4:55)
04. Just Soldier [Stay Down] (5:26)
05. Neverending Rest (4:54)
06. Terzinato (5:49)
07. Slave To The Night (6:06)
08. Synthetic Paradise (5:48)
09. Hand In Hand (4:26)
10. When I Will Fly Far (5:16)

DESTRUCTION: new album is finished

Here are the ten songs that will turn "Metal Discharge" into a Thrash Metal Inferno:

The Ravenous Beast
Mortal Remains
Metal Discharge
Savage Symphony of Terror
Made to be Broken
Desecrators of the New Age
Rippin´ the Flesh apart
Fear of the Moment
Historical Force Feed

Nuclear Blast records will release the new DESTRUCTION outbreak on the 29th of September. The first offical DVD should be on the market at the end of this year.

ROYAL HUNT: "Eyewitness" out in May

Press Release:

Watch out, the hunting season is open, ROYAL HUNT is on the move again.

After a short break from the Trilogy the band started writing new material during the months of autumn 2002. In the beginning of February 2003 they started recording the new album with the working title "Eye Witness".

Drums recorded by Allan Tschicaja, bass by Steen Mogensen, guitars by JK, keyboards by Andre Andersen and John West will do the singing.

The new album will be released worldwide in the end of May 2003. The exact dates by territory will follow shortly.

You can expect the highest quality of song writing, lyrical depth and extraordinary musicianship like only
ROYAL HUNT can deliver.


MANTICORA work on new album

"Hi there,
we hope you all enjoyed the Easter holidays.

We have spent the 5 days of rest to begin demo'ing some of the new songs. Drums have been recorded for 4 tracks, and right after our mini European tour, we will begin to add the rest of the instruments/vocals, for a demo that will provide us and the people involved around the band a guiding line for what will come, when we record our next album (hopefully later this year).

2 songtitles are ready: "Velvet Ice" and "The Wild Swans At Coole". The latter, is a poem by W.B. Yeats, that we have put music upon."


Mike Koren (Visions of Atlantis) will play the bass on the upcoming Edenbridge tour.

Sabine has just recorded 2 songs ("To believe enough to fight", "The Pagan Dream") for the project "Once and future kings" by Gary Hughes (Ten), a concept album dealing with the Artus legend. Sabine takes the role of Nimue. "To believe enough to fight" is a duet with Bob Catley (Magnum). Additional notable musicians are: Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Lana Lane, Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) and D.C. Cooper (Silent Force).

Lanvall is currently working on his 4th solo album called "Emocean". The CD should be finished till summer 2003 and will be very orchestral and symphonic.

Kataklysm and The Haunted - North American Tour

Nuclear Blast recording artist Kataklysm will support The Haunted (Earache) and Shai Hulud (Revelation) on a full North American tour set to start in May 2003. Victory’s Darkest Hour and Trustkills’ Bleeding Through will divide the opening slot for what will easily be the most brutal tour this year.

Kataklysm recently spun through North America with Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus and Into Eternity, and last year they demolished fans at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival (April), headlined the Death Across America tour with Divine Empire, Misery Index and Beyond the Embrace, as well as a coast-to-coast Canadian trek in September and October, leaving fans pulverized by their patented brand of extreme metal that has come to be known as "Northern Hyperblast." This latest jaunt will help further reinforce the band’s place as one of the premiere death metal bands.

The band is supporting their latest CD, Shadows & Dust, which Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles describes as "Kataklysm's shining hour" and has Unrestrained! proclaiming, "Kataklysm are ready for world domination." Be sure to check out their video for “In Shadows & Dust” currently spinning on MTV2’s Extreme Rock. On a related note, music from “In Shadows & Dust” is being used in a documentary by MTV called “True Life: I’m Shipping Out,” regarding Army soldiers in their final days on U.S. soil before being deployed to Iraq for the war.

KATAKLYSM w/ The Haunted, Shai Hulud & Darkest Hour (5/11 to 5/17) / Bleeding Through (5/17 to 6/9)

5/11 Majestic - Detroit, MI
5/12 Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
5/14 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
5/15 Bridge Street Music Hall - Syracuse, NY
5/16 Club Laga - Pittsburgh, PA
5/17 The Palladium - Worcester, MA New England Hardcore & Metal Festival
5/18 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA w/ Goatwhore
5/19 Ziggy’s - Winston-Salem, NC
5/20 Uncle Doctors - West Columbia, SC
5/21 State Theater -St. Petersburg, FL
5/22 The Factory - Fort Lauderdale, FL
5/23 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/24 Tek World -Louisville, KY
5/26 Engine Room -Houston, TX
5/27 Emo’s - Austin, TX
5/28 Trees - Dallas, TX
5/29 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
5/30 Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
5/31 Huntridge Theater - Las Vegas, NY
6/1 Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
6/2 The Pound - San Francisco, CA
6/4 The Gothic Theater -Denver, CO
6/5 The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
6/6 The Quest – Minneapolis, MN
6/7 The Metro - Chicago, IL
6/8 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
6/9 Knitting Factory – New York, NY