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DIAMOND HEAD To Play UK Club Shows, Metal Meltdown IV

The reunited NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD will be playing five mainly electric shows at the end of March, including four gigs in the UK and one at the Metal Meltdown IV festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA. The dates are as follows: Mar. 23 - Milton Keynes, UK @ Zak's Club Mar. 26 Newcastle, ...
January 19, 2002

CRIMINAL, DOMINE, EISREGEN, Others Get Confirmed For Wacken 2002

CRIMINAL, DOMINE, EISREGEN, FLESHCRAWL, REBELLION, RED AIM, SINERGY and VOMITORY are the latest bands to be confirmed for Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full line-up of acts that are presently scheduled to partake in the festivities n...
January 18, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST Set To Chat Away, Hit The Road

JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens and guitarist Glenn Tipton will take part in a live chat on America Online on Monday, January 14th, at 9:00 PM EST. Both AOL subscribers and non-subscribers may participate in the chat. Non-subscribers must first go to and download the free, tempo...
January 14, 2002


CANNIBAL CORPSE and ROTTWEILLER are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full line-up of acts that are presently scheduled to partake in the festivities now looks like this: AMON AMARTH BLAZE B...
January 13, 2002

BAD RELIGION: First Dates Announced

BAD RELIGION have announced the first dates of their forthcoming world tour in support of their The Process Of Belief CD, which is due through Epitaph Records on January 22nd. They are as follows: Jan. 31 - Stahlwerk - Duesseldorf, GER Feb. 01 - Gr. Freiheit - Hamburg, GER Feb. 02 - Babylon - Munich...
January 11, 2002

STATIC-X, SOULFLY Dates Announced

The official dates for the upcoming STATIC-X/SOULFLY co-headlining tour, also featuring ONESIDEZERO and SOIL, have been announced. They are as follows: Jan. 31 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Feb. 01 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium Feb. 02 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Feb. 04 - Phoenix, AZ @ Web Th...
January 9, 2002

ARCH ENEMY's "Wages Of Sin" To Be Unleashed On March 18th!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARCH ENEMY — Supreme Wages Of Sin to be released on March 18th, 2002! The wait is finally over, soon we are all to experience the frenetically anticipated release of ARCH ENEMY's finest album to date, Wages Of Sin in Europe and America! The Swedish Metal supergroup has become...
January 7, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST Brixton DVD Set List Revealed!

Here is the final set list performed by JUDAS PRIEST at their December 19th gig at London's Brixton Academy: 01. Metal Gods 02. Heading Out to the Highway 03. Grinder 04. Touch Of Evil 05. Bloodstained 06. Victim Of Changes 07. The Sentinel 08. One On One 09. Running Wild 10. The Ripper 11. Diamonds...
December 27, 2001

Former ELECTRIC BOYS Frontman Bounces Back!

Former ELECTRIC BOYS frontman/SILVERGINGER 5 guitarist Conny Bloom has just produced four songs for Henrik Levy, a talented Swedish singer/songwriter who sounds like “Nick Drake meets Johnny Cash and Simon & Garfunkel”, according to Bloom. The collaboration “has led into some other interesting p...
December 26, 2001

FATES WARNING Axeman Contributes To The KNOT!

FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos has completed recording solos for three tracks—two electric and one acoustic—that will be included on the upcoming GORDIAN KNOT release, tentatively entitled Emergent. As previously reported, GORDIAN KNOT is a prog supergroup featuring former CYNIC members Sean Ma...
December 25, 2001

CANDLEMASS Confirmed For Wacken, Other Acts Join In On The Action!

The reunited classic line-up of CANDLEMASS—vocalist Messiah Marcolin, bassist/founder Leif Edling, guitarist Mats Björkman, lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh—have been officially confirmed for next year's Wacken Festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Ge...
December 23, 2001

JUDAS PRIEST and HALFORD Plot Their Attack!

JUDAS PRIEST performed an extended set at London's Brixton Academy last night for the filming of an upcoming DVD, which is tentatively scheduled to be issued in late 2002. Among the tracks that PRIEST were scheduled to play were the following: 01. Metal Gods 02. Heading Out To The Highway 03. Grinde...
December 20, 2001


On their second album with lead singer Derrick Green (who replaced founding vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera after six previous studio efforts),the pioneering Brazilian metal quartet SEPULTURA sound more like a band than on Green's debut, 1998's Against. This time around, his vocal stylings and melo...
December 17, 2001

War To End All Wars

It's hard for me to imagine what YNGWIE MALMSTEEN must have been thinking when he allowed something as sonically hideous-sounding as this musical abortion to leave his hands and be sent to the pressing plant as a representation of his work. By far the worst-sounding of all his albums, War To End All...
December 17, 2001


Widely credited for having spearheaded the current traditional metal resurgence in Europe, Sweden's HAMMERFALL have always fallen a bit short of the mark to these ears, boasting a sound that is neither innovative nor particularly convincing, with many of their songs coming across like poor second-ra...
December 17, 2001