Marco Minnemann | Biography

German native, Marco Minnemann is looked upon by his peers as one of the most gifted, innovative, cutting-edge drummers on the international music scene today. He has won numerous awards for his educational drum books and videos and was recently featured on the cover of the World’s #1 Drum Magazine, Modern Drummer.

New drummer Dreamtheater

Blabbermouth is reporting that Dream Theater have likely found a replacement for drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy. Though no official statement has been made, it is “strongly rumored” that the band has settled on world-class session drummer Marco Minnemann.

Free Mike Portnoy Tribute Album

Independent musicians, graphic 
artists, and a computer graphics demogroup have collaborated on a grand scale multimedia tribute to Mike Portnoy, 
in celebration of over a quarter of a century of highly influential musicianship. Mike Portnoy’s early investment into 
the internet, as well as his relationship with the global fan 
base, created a fad-transcending musical community that 
continues to grow past the post quarter century mark.

Winter in Eden

Winter In Eden

Winter in Eden

Symphonic Rock

In the beginning was created the Heaven and the Earth, and the Earth was without form, and void; and Darkness was upon the face of the deep. And Man was formed from the dust of the ground, and became a living soul;
and a garden was planted, eastward, in Eden.

Megadeth Cyber Army

David Ellefson will be dropping by the Cyber Army chat room for a special live chat with fan club members on Tuesday, December 28 at 4 p.m. PST (midnight GMT).

Vote for Frozen Eternity

Frozen Eternity


Well,to be honnest: I don't know very much of this band.... only that this 4-headed band is from London,UK. they picked me up on myspace, I've checked them out and bam... I liked it.
I know that we will hear more of them later.
check them out yourself.

Ancient Bards

Sara Squadrani - vocals
Fabio Balducci - guitars
Daniele Mazza - keyboards
Claudio Pietronik - guitars
Martino Garattoni - Bass
Allesandro Carichini - drums
The Ancient Bards project takes its origin in the january of 2006 from the mind of the keyboards player Daniele Mazza, whose intent was to create a metal band with epic and symphonic sounds. After the meeting with the bass player Martino Garattoni the project began to materialize.

Dark Asylum Radio

Dark Asylum Radio
Industrial     Synthpop    New Wave    
Gothic    Futurepop    Dark wave

Dark Asylum is internet radio station streaming on to the web 24 hours a day. They play Electro Industrial, EBM, Futurepop, goth,Synthpop, Dark wave and other related genres. They are always looking for new music, so if you represent a band or label and think your music is a match for their format, please drop them a line so they can see about getting your music played on the station.

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Choose your player above to launch Dark asylum radio
[If prompted to Open, Save, or Cancel, select Open.]

Avenged sevenfold & Mike Portnoy

AVENGED SEVENFOLD manager Larry Jacobson has told LA Weekly's "West Coast Sound" blog that there is no correlation between drummer Mike Portnoy's departure from the band and the cancelation of the group's participation in the Australian Soundwave festival. He writes, "The plan had always been for Mike Portnoy to play with the band through 2010. Nothing changed there but it was confusing [because] Mike gave interviews suggesting he may be touring with the band beyond 2010. There will be another drummer behind the kit for the band's 'Nightmare After Christmas' tour [in January/February] as well as for the many other dates around the world that are underway into 2011 and beyond. As for Australia, the timing is completely unrelated. If you've read any of the juvenile and public attacks by the [Soundwave] promoter, you can probably figure out why the band had legitimate doubts they could work with him to be able to put on the professional show their fans expect. They're not in Australia every day so each tour needs to be the best the band has to offer."

Rammstein DVD release

Bassist Oliver "Ollie" Riedel of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN revealed during an interview with that the band's recent concerts in New York and Montreal were filmed for a forthcoming DVD. In addition, the group is planning to release a "best-of" collection in April 2011 featuring two previously unreleased songs.


Marko Duplisak - vocals
Uros Borsic - guitar
Jure Gorjanc - guitar
Tomi Senveter - bass
Saso Corso - drums
LastDayHere is a story about five individuals who love to create music. The band steps out of the stereotype perspective of modern rock. Well based instrumental parts are spiced up with amazing vocals, and can easily be enjoyed by even the most pretentious listener. Their music is outstanding, authentic and can especially be distinguished by its vocal parts, which is also true for their live performances.
"I listen to a lot of music somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 bands per week, but every once in a while a band jumps out at me and screams for attention. Out of the depths of Celje, Slovenia comes such a band known as LastDayHere." (Twisted Hillbilly Magazine, USA)

New Album Rage Against the Machine?

written in Metal hammer:

According to reports, Rage Against the Machine are working on a brand new studio album and are eyeing a Summer 2011 release.

Details are sketchy as they come from a foreign website interview but Zack De La Rocha is loosely transcribed as saying:

Wacken open air 2011

The following bands are confirmed for W:O:A 2011

Blaas of glory
Blind guardian
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hayseed dixie
Heaven shall burn
In solitude
Judas Priest
Ozzy Osbourne
Primal fear
Rhapsody of fire
Ski king
Subway to Sally
Suicidal tendencies
Tokyo blade

JUDAS PRIEST Announces Farewell 'Epitaph' Tour

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking its very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST — one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time — has announced plans to embark on a final world tour. However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive "Epitaph" tour — hitting all the major cities throughout the world where they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

High Voltage Festival 2011

Judas Priest are one of the true classic heavy metal bands, who for three decades have travelled the world putting on spectacular stage shows and thrilling audiences worldwide. They have been making music that over the years has influenced many (including such bands as Metallica and Pantera) and have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - German tourdates 2011

They come from Germany, to be precise from Weimar, the region renowned for its many legendary German poets... Schiller, Goethe...

They provoke and criticize, they are multi-cultural

Their music is a Molotov cocktail of metal, folk, classic rock fused with influences of Spanish, Arabic, Scandinavian and traditional German music.

Interview with Gus G.

Robert Gray of recently conducted an interview with FIREWIND/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. How did "Days Of Defiance", FIREWIND's sixth album, come to fruition?

Rapsody of fire: Special guest for Europe tour

RHAPSODY OF FIRE announces the 2 great bands that will support them in February 2011 in Europe as special guests.These bands are: VISIONS OF ATLANTIS from Austria and VEXILLUM from Italy.

Belgian floods 13-14-15/11/2010

Today, I've got something else then music. A tragedy has happened here in Belgium and I have to share this with the world.

Heavy rain has turned Belgium into one large pool. There are places where the water stands 2 meters high. A lot of people were evacuated from their homes. 

Look at the pictures of the most terrible flood ever known in Belgium!

Photos Ozzy Osbourne’s North American Tour

Fans attending shows on Ozzy Osbourne’s North American Tour can now have their photos of Ozzy, themselves, and their friends experiencing the concert, appear live on and Ozzy's Facebook page (on the Fan Photo tab)

HELLOWEEN in Germany and Switzerland 2011

Pink Cream 69 will support HELLOWEEN & Stratovarius on their gigs in Germany and Switzerland 2011:

31.01.2011 CH-Pratteln
01.02.2011 D-Saarbrücken
02.02.2011 D-Bonn
04.02.2011 D-Hannover
05.02.2011 D-Oberhausen
06.02.2011 D-Osnabrück
09.02.2011 D-Hamburg
10.02.2011 D-Bamberg
11.02.2011 D-Kaufbeuren
12.02.2011 D-Balingen



Helloween | 7 sinners

7 sinners 

ReVamp on Metal Female Voices Fest 2010

Tonight ReVamp will perform a very unique show with special guest Simone Simons (Epica) and another surprise! Next week ReVamp join's Epica one more time in France and in Italy.

Missed their shows? check out the tour dates for more shows and hopefuly we can rock together soon!!!

FIREWIND/OZZY OSBOURNE Guitarist Interviewed On 'Metalheadz'

Peter Bailey of the "Metalheadz" radio show recently conducted an interview with OZZY OSBOURNE/FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. You can now listen to the chat.

"Days Of Defiance", the new album from FIREWIND, will be released in Japan on October 18 through Avalon/Marquee. The Japanese edition of the CD will contain two bonus tracks — "Halcyon Days" and a cover of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Breaking The Law".


Today is the release of »The Cold Embrace Of Fear– A Dark Romantic Symphony« from the italian gods

Yngwie returns with "Relentless"!


"Shred guitar" and "neo classical metal" are two phrases that have been commonplace in the world of heavy metal for decades by this point, but both can be attributed to the unmistakable work by Yngwie Malmsteen.
Ever since the early 1980's, Yngwie has been pushing the limits of guitar, and influencing countless other players in the process. And he continues to impress to this day, as evidenced by his forthcoming album, 'Relentless,' the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008's critically acclaimed 'Perpetual Flame' (Yngwie's first album for Rising Force Records).
The album is the second to feature ex-Judas Priest and Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, and features over 60 minutes of incredibly complex, kick ass arrangements.

EPICA | First-Ever Visit To Russia

Vocalist Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA has uploaded a four-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the band's first-ever visit to Russia. Check it out


OZZY OSBOURNE — who will kick off his fall North American arena tour November 12 in Victoria, B.C--has now announced a second leg of U.S. dates which will get underway January 16, 2011 in Omaha, NE. The six-week 2011 trek, part of the multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s in-progress 18-month world tour, will include a pair of intimate shows: January 26 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix and Feb 1 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. OZZY’s longtime friend and musical collaborator Slash will open all the concerts on the second leg. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, October 15. For the most up-to-date on sale information, please visit or

Swedish tribute to Ronnie J. Dio

Some of Sweden's finest heavy metal musicians gathered to pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio during this fall's edition of the Sweden Rock Cruise, which sailed on October 7 from Stockholm, Sweden for Åbo, Finland and returned the following day. There was a long tribute concert with a number of guest musicians performing classic songs from Dio's career with a main band consisting of members of LION'S SHARE. The show ended with all artists performing HEAR 'N AID's "Stars" (Dio was behind the HEAR N' AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track "Stars" in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.)

Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be viewed below.

Special guest musicians at the concert:

SIRENIA: New Album Title Announced

Norwegian/Spanish female-fronted gothic metallers SIRENIA have set "The Enigma Of Life" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 2011. According to the band, singer Ailyn is currently in the studio laying down her vocals on the CD.
SIRENIA's last album, "The 13th Floor", debuted at No. 149 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

PREMIERE! The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon by Richard Gale

Imagine this!!!

HELLOWEEN | 'Are You Metal?' Video Released

"Are You Metal?", the new video from German power metallers HELLOWEEN, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed on September 30 in Beelitz, Germany.

"Are You Metal?" comes off HELLOWEEN's 13th studio album, "7 Sinners", which will be released in North America on November 9 via The End Records.

Audio samples of all 13 tracks that are set to appear on the CD can be found on the web site of CeDe, which is said to be the most complete and up-to-date multimedia shop in Switzerland.

DREAM THEATER Singer Talks About Drummer Search: Audio Of 'Metal Messiah' Interview Available

On Wednesday, October 6, DJ JC Green of Metal Massiah Radio conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie about James' new solo album, "Static Impulse", and the recent departure of DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. The chat is now available for streaming

FIREWIND: 'Days Of Defiance' Track By Track

Video footage of Apollo Papathanasio (vocals) and Gus G. (guitar) of Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND offering a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album, "Days Of Defiance", can be viewed

Helloween | 7 sinners tour

7 sinners tour

26.11.2010 Szene - Vienna, AUSTRIA 
27.11.2010 Winter Masters of Rock' - Zlin, CZECH REPUBLIC 
28.11.2010 Petöfi Hall - Budapest, HUNGARY 
01.12.2010 Neue Stadthalle - Langen, GERMANY 

MIKE PORTNOY: I Will Remain With AVENGED SEVENFOLD For The Full 'Nightmare' Album Cycle

Former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, who is currently on the road as the touring drummer for AVENGED SEVENFOLD, was interviewed by Sabian's Chris Stankee at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California on September 17, 2010 during the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar tour. The four-minute clip, which includes performance footage, can be viewed

RONNIE JAMES DIO's Encino Home On The Market

According to The Huffington Post, Ronnie James Dio's Encino, California home was put on the market this week for $3.333 million. The house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, has over 5,000 square feet of living space, and was built in the style of an English manor. Features include 200-year old wood floors from France, pub bar from the Kings Arms in Chiqwell Essex, England circa 1820 and custom-stained antique windows from the 18th and 19th centuries. Spacious cooks kitchen with all Viking and Meile products. Master bedroom with antique cathedral windows imported from England circa 1790, hand-painted Griffin wall paper as seen in Greystone Manor, two walk-in closets, hardwood floors and master BA. Downstairs level includes a custom-built music studio.

7 SINNERS front cover unveiled!

End of October, just on time for Halloween, the long-awaited album "7 SINNERS" will be released.

It is the 13th studio album of the German heavy-metal legend HELLOWEEN. Certainly not coincidental the new record is in equal shares the fastest, hardest and most melodic piece of work in the bands history.

Ozzfest Europe


Coming off a triumphant run of six OZZFest shows that earned him some of the best live reviews in his career, OZZY OSBOURNE and his band--new guitar player Gus G., bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman--launched the second leg of his overseas tour this past weekend (Saturday, August 29) at the Ripfest Festival in Prague, Czech Republic.

Video of rare 'Fire Tornado' seen in Brazil

  • Firetornado in Brazil.
A rare fire tornado has been seen in the Brazilian state of Sao Paolo. A whirlwind of flame, spiralling several metres high, danced across burning fields, bringing traffic to a halt on a nearby highway. This unusual phenomenon has been caused by a combination of wildfires and strong dry winds following weeks of drought in the country. Authorities in Brazil are struggling to contain the fires and have banned farmers from burning waste from the sugar cane harvest.

  • Vuurtornado in Brazilie
Een grote draaikolk van vuur. Zo zag de vuurtornado eruit die dinsdag over een veld in Brazilië raasde. In het Zuid-Amerikaanse land is het al weken erg warm en droog. Het heeft er zelfs al drie maanden niet geregend. Volgens deskundigen is het er nu net zo droog als in de Sahara-woestijn. Doordat er ook een harde wind waait ontstaan er veel branden, en nu dus zelfs een brandende tornado! De brandende windhoos verdween weer bijna net zo snel als hij gekomen was, maar zorgde voor een hoop opschudding. Door de rook konden automobilisten weinig meer zien en ontstond een grote file. Er raakte niemand gewond door de tornado.

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – To release an epic 35-Minutes symphony!

RHAPSODY OF FIRE are going to release an epic monument called: „The Cold Embrace Of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony“. „For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 „acts“. Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing the RHAPSODY’s music“, says Luca Turilli and adds:

Jootix Wallpapers

My personality: Discovery of the day:
Don't know what it is, but besides music, I got a special love for wallpapers.
I have enough wallpapers for the next 20 years, my computer won't last that long.
Here are some of them.
  • Fire: