Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Neurosis first 2007 U.S. date announced

U.S. (Bay Area) doomsters NEUROSIS have announced their first U.S. show of 2007, to be extended into a full U.S. tour. Although support acts are yet to be announced, NEUROSIS will be touring in promotion of their latest release "Given to The Rising" out now. The first announced date on the  NEUROSIS U.S. tour will be in November in Austin, Texas. FROM NEUROSIS MYSPACE PAGE: 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        U.S. NEUROSIS SHOW ANNOUNCED  NEUROSIS WILL PLAY AUSTIN IN NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 3, 2007
Waterloo Park (5th and Red River)
tickets will go on sale in September... more information as it becomes available.

More U.S. shows will be announced for 2007.

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal- \m/ -l-

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Former PAGAN's MIND guitarist Thornstein Aaby dead at 36

Sad day in the progressive, power metal camp.Thornstein Aaby, former guitarist of Norwegian progressive, power metal band PAGANS MIND has passed away at the age of 36. Thornstein Aaby suffered from a illness which progressively became terminal.

PAGANS MIND are an excellent power/progressive thrash band as you can check them out at this years PROG-POWER FEST (Progressive Power Fest) October 5th and 6th 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia... R.I.P to Thornstein Aaby.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007


A sad,sad day-Thorstein Aaby has passed away.

Thorstein Aaby
03.04.1971 - 24.07.2007

On the night of 24th of july,our dear friend Thorstein passed on.
After a long time of illness,things took a turn for the worse the last weeks.

Thorstein has been a respected member of the local musicenviroment since the mid-eighties,later nationwide and also outside of norwegian borders-all well deserved.
Well known for his skills with the guitar as well as his easy going personality - he was the kind of guy who got more and more friends for each gig he did.

Thorstein did two albums while he was in Pagan's Mind; "Infinity Divine" and "Celestial Entrance",and after parting with the band Thorstein quickly moved on and joined Smalltown Rockets.
Smalltown Rockets appeared on the norwegian KISS-tribute ;"God's of Thunder", with the track "C'mon and Love Me".

The last couple of years Thorstein has handled the guitar-duties in the Mötley Crüe tribute-band Wild Side.
Wild Side also recorded some of their own material.

This is a sad,sad day and all our thoughts goes out to Ingvild and the rest of Thorsteins family,and also to his big network of friends and fans.

Rest in peace,dear friend.

We will always miss you,and we will never forget you.

Nils,Ronny,Viggo,Stian & Steinar.
Management and Web-team.

Thanks Stay Metal and Stay Brutal- \m/ -l-

Thursday, July 19, 2007

New Revelations in West Memphis Three Case: DNA testing

"I think maybe for the general public, it's not as scary to believe that bloodthirsty Satanists are murdering children as it to believe that parents are murdering their own children"-Damien Echols

I will update this journal with extreme metal news after this very important (and we might have known it all a long) update on the West Memphis Three whom are appealing their 1994 conviction of the Robin Hood Hills murders (West Memphis Arkansas 1993). There is a link to the West Memphis Three website to the RIGHT of this journal. Parents of the murdered children are doubting the 1994 verdict as they are now being questioned by investigators.

 This is new world we live in. During the last 25 years,with upgrades in technology,forensics, criminology and pathology, DNA testing has proven the innocence of many on death row, rapists ect.. I have many mixed feelings about the death penalty, and I'm not the only one. Please watch the movie Paradise Lost and Paradise Lost Revalations about these awful crimes in West Memphis Arkansas (early 90's Robin Hood Hill Murders) as disturbing as these HBO documentaries are. Both Paradise Lost and Paradise Lost Revelations were directed by Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger whom went on to direct "Brothers Keeper" and the Metallica documentary "Some Kind Of Monster".
Three children murdered and mutilated, three teens convicted simply because they liked metal, hard rock, wore black, and listened to METALLICA. Of course the religious witchhunt aspect to the WM3 trial was very disturbing as their trial took place in the bible belt of the USA.The religious intolerance of non Judeo Christian religions and persecution of Damien Echols at this trial was horrid. As a teen,  Damien Echols was a practicing Wiccan (now a Buddhist)  as he currently sits on death row. All over the world, musicians have done benefit shows to raise money, and awareness about this travesty of justice.
The DNA results on the West Memphis Three are in and hopefully these young men will get a NEW and FAIR trial as it looks like the legal justice system has failed them. Many of us believe the WM3 to be innocent. These DNA results are the best news I've heard all day..All the best to everyone involved in this tragedy.
"Don't let your self be a scapegoat"-Fear Factory

DNA Testing Concludes
July 19, 2007

Results disclose none of the genetic material at the crime scene belonged to Damien Echols. Below is the filing Echols' legal filed on July 17th, 2007.

Press Links:
Arkansas Times
Fox Memphis


Attorneys for Defendant DAMIEN WAYNE ECHOLS

In response to this Court’s letter of June 27, 2007, counsel for Petitioner/DefendantDamien Echols provides the following report on the status of DNA testing being conducted in support of his motion for relief under 16 -112 -201, which motion is now pending in the Craighead County Circuit Court.

(1) The extensive DNA testing which was the subject of an initial agreement by the parties and which was embodied in the Circuit Court’s First Amended DNA Order for DNA Testing filed on February 23, 2005 has essentially been completed. Such testing has been conducted at Bode Laboratories in Virginia.

(2) The DNA testing results returned to date disclose that none of the genetic material recovered at the scene of the crimes was attributable to Mr. Echols, Echols co -defendant, Jason Baldwin, or defendant Jessie Misskelley (Arkansas v. Misskelley [CR 94 -848]).

(3) Although most of the genetic material recovered from the scene was attributable to the victims of the offenses, some of it cannot be attributed to either the victims or the defendants. Counsel for Petitioners/Defendants Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley, and Craighead County Prosecuting Attorney Brent Davis have entered into discussions concerning how best to determine the evidentiary significance of the laboratory’s results returned in the initial round of testing. These discussions have resulted in a recent agreement to subject certain critical evidentiary items to more extensive testing in light of their potential significance to establishing the identity of the perpetrator(s) of the offenses. In addition, the parties are presently discussing whether, in light of the current test results, a limited number of other items impounded during the investigation should be subjected to testing by Bode. We will inform the Court within sixty days of the outcome of those discussions.

Counsel for Echols is, of course, prepared toprovide the Court with any further information it should request concerning this matter.

July 17, 2007

Respectfully submitted,


Attorneys for Defendant DAMIEN WAYNE ECHOLS

FROM WM3.org.

New evidence in West Memphis murders
Victim's mother believes defendants innocent.
Mara Leveritt
Updated: 7/19/2007

PARENTS: Of murder victim Stevie Branch

Reviving an investigation that ended 14 years ago, West Memphis police recently questioned the mother and stepfather of Stevie Branch, one of three 8-year-old boys murdered in 1993. Three teenagers were convicted of the killings.

In a telephone interview on Monday, Stevies stepfather, Terry Hobbs, confirmed that West Memphis police had videotaped an interview with him within the last three weeks. Pam Hobbs, Stevies mother, also said she had been interviewed by police. The Hobbses are now divorced.

Terry Hobbs, who lives in Bartlett, Tenn., said police requested the interview with him as a result of recent DNA tests on items found with the bodies. Prior to the police interview, he said, he had been informed of the test results by Ron Lax, a Memphis private investigator.

Terry Hobbs said, “Ron claims that a piece of my hair is in the knots that tied up [victim] Michael Moore.”

“Does that bother me?” Hobbs continued. “No, ma’am, it does not. Why? Because I don’t believe a thing he has to say because he’s working for the defense team. And because if my DNA was at the crime scene, I think [Prosecuting Attorney] Brent Davis would be the one to call me about that, and not Ron Lax.”

Attorneys for the convicted men have said no DNA was found that matches their clients.

Terry Hobbs said police asked him “a bunch of questions” about his activities on May 5, 1993 — the day Stevie, Michael and Christopher Byers, the third victim, disappeared — and the following day, when the boys’ bodies were discovered submerged in a drainage ditch. He declined to answer further questions about what he was asked by police.

Pam Hobbs, who lives in Blytheville, said a lieutenant for the West Memphis Police Department also questioned her about her familys activities around the time of the slayings. In the last couple of months, she has stated publicly that she now believes that the men convicted of the murders — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr . — are not guilty.

“We have stages of grieving that we go through,” she said. “I guess I came to forgiveness. I’ve always wanted to know the truth, and when I was called by the defense — knowing the DNA was being retested — I guess that was the big eye-opener.”

Pam Hobbs said she “chose to believe all those years” that Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were guilty, despite her realization during the trials that the prosecutors “didnt have anything” and persistent doubts afterwards that the defendants “were smart enough or hateful enough to have done it by themselves and clean it up.”

The state medical examiner ruled that Stevie and Michael died by drowning and that Christopher, who’d suffered stab wounds to his groin, died from loss of blood.

Pam Hobbs said that in 2002, at a point when she and Terry Hobbs were separating, she sent a package containing “14 or 15 knives” owned by her husband to one of the defense lawyers.

Pam Hobbs said that she had done so after discovering among the knives “a little pocket knife” that her father had given to Stevie.

She said Stevie “carried it around with him all the time, because it was like part of his granddaddy. He would have had it May the fifth. He carried it with him from the day my daddy gave it to him until the day he was murdered.”

Asked why, five years ago, she had given the knives to a lawyer for the defense, she said itwas because she “didn’t trust the prosecution ... because of the evidence that was not presented at the trials.”

Terry Hobbs dismissed the knives as having had “nothing to do with anything.”

“I’d bought some, and found some and Pam bought me some. I just threw them in a drawer, and that’s where they’d been for years.” He added, “Them knives were stolen out of my home and I’m fixing to try to get them back.”

Asked whether one of the knives was a pocket knife given to Stevie by his grandfather, Terry Hobbs responded: “I don’t know. It could have been. And it could have been it was in the drawer because we didn’t want him to have it. I didn’t want a kid of mine to go around with a pocket knife — not a kid who was 8 years old. Would you?”

Terry Hobbs said, “I raised Stevie from the time he was a year and a half, until he was 8. I tried to be a good daddy.”

As for his ex-wife, he said, “Pam’s got some problems. This thing has taken a toll on her. It’s really hurt her.

“I don’t think she really supports the idea they [the convicted men] are innocent. I think she’s doing it out of anger. As a matter of fact, I know it’s out of anger. It’s being angry at the world and not knowing how to deal with her anger.

“It’s kind of sad. And I’m really sorry that people think she supports that theory.”

Pam Hobbs acknowledges that she has “held anger toward Terry,” in part because of his actions on the night Stevie disappeared.

Terry usually got off work by 4 p.m., she said, in time to watch Stevie and their daughter Amanda, while Pam went to her job at a restaurant. On the day of the murders, Stevie, who had gone riding bikes with Michael, was supposed to be home at 4:30. He had not returned by 4:45, when Pam left for her job.

She said she assumed that he was just late, and that it was not until 9 p.m.,when Terry drove to the restaurant with Amanda to pick her up, that she realized Stevie was not in the car.

“Terry told me he really thought he was going to find him and he didn’t want to burden me at work,” she said. “ But I held anger toward Terry over that — that he didn’t tell me Stevie was missing.”

Another element of her anger, Pam Hobbs said, relates to her brother, whom Terry Hobbs shot in the abdomen during an altercation 10 years ago. That brother died last year.

Terry Hobbs dismisses the episode. “The truth is,” he said, “when a man is trying to kill you, you have a right under the United States Constitution to defend and protect yourself.”

Nevertheless, he acknowledged that he was charged with aggravated assault, fined and placed on probation.

When asked if she now considers her ex-husband a suspect in the murders, Pam Hobbs answered, “Yeah. And I don’t know if it’s because of the anger I still hold toward him for not telling me when Stevie was missing, and from some of his other actions or not. But I haven’t been able to shake that feeling.”

For his part, Terry Hobbs said he’s not worried and that he has nothing to hide. With regard to the retested DNA, he said, “I’ve been told that nothing that’s going on right now is going to change a thing.”

Asked who’d given him that assurance, he replied, “Brent Davis,” the prosecuting attorney.

Davis would not comment on what Terry Hobbs said about either the reported DNA or the chance that new findings would change the case. When asked who ordered the renewed questioning by West Memphis police, he explained, “I can’t comment on anything, one way or another, as it’s still in appeals and litigation.”

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-Free The West Memphis Three \m/

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

STALAGGH vocalist dead from car accident

I'm not sure if this news is true, as there have been many hoaxes at the expense of many European bands this week alone. For one thing, not that I care for their pseudo industrial crap, but Rammsteins vocalist has NOT left the band, that "news" was a hoax. Last year, Shining's (black metal) vocalist was AWOL but he had NOT committed suicide.
Now this awful news about the ambient/black metal project STALAGGH. All members of this band are anonymous. BTW, STALAGGH's various "vokillists" are mental patients, and the unfortunate news of one their vocalists demise in a car crash IS true. However, I did name STALAGGH'S release "Nihilistic Terror" as one of my top 16 of 2006. I also mentioned that some of the vokills on STALAGGH'S "Nihilistic Terror" were either recorded in mental intuitions, or performed by a victimized, deranged person. For the sake of art, STALAGGH'S "Nihilstic Terror" is the most brutally, truthful release I've heard in YEARS.
Again, according to Blabbermouth.net., STALAGGH'S vocalist has died in a car accident. The story , apparently from surviving band mates is that STALAGGH'S vocalist was the victim of sexual abuse, and at the age of 16 went on to murder his mother in fury.
More about STALAGGH from AUTOPSY KITCHEN recordings: http://autopsykitchen.com/stalagghinterview.html
FROM Individual Thought Patterns-Febuary 2007 (BEST OF 2006):
16-STALLAGH-NIHLISTIC TERROR-Unholy metal batman, one of the most terrifying releases ever. This act, from the Netherlands recorded the vokills for this release in  various mental institutions, I'm not kidding... Terrifying.

Thanks-Stay Metal, StayBrutal \m/ -l-

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Green Fairy Cometh (Absinthe "legal" in the USA?)

Hmm. So I was in a bar the other night, and low and behold I found some Absinthe. I didn't drink any, opting for a shot of Sake instead. However, this fine after dinner drink, popularized in Europe (and Euro metal heads love it too!) is  very interesting indeed.
The active ingredient of Absinthe in Europe is "Wormwood" or "thujone". Wormwood is considered an hallucunogenic as Absinthe is sold in a green bottle. Absinthe is served and diluted with cold water over a spoon of sugar cubes. Absinthe is now, after over 100 years LEGAL in the USA?  Now keep in mind, Absinthe in Europe is considered the alcohol version of Coke a Cola, selling MANY different types of alcohol, including, the very wonderful and brutal Becherovka (from the Czech Republic).
Now from all reports, the American version of Absinthe is quite watered down, without the Wormwood and FDA approved Thujone levels. The American Absinthe is tame in comparison to what the Europeans have been drinking for hundreds of years.
Remember, the ban on Absinthe lasted over 100 years. The idea is to drink responsibly, don't drive if you drink, and enjoy fine spirits with people you trust. It's unfortunate that Absinthe got a bad rep, but we welcome the "Green Fairy" back.

 FROM THE NY TIMES: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/business/yourmoney/29goods.html?ex=1335499200&en=8e8d4a823b7360d8&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
Thanks and cheers-Stay metal, and Stay Brutal \m/ -l-

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


 SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR UPDATE: Bad news for ARSIS fans. We all know that ARSIS are stranded in California, as the bands touring van broke down near Sacramento. The worst case scenario is confirmed, ARSIS have dropped off the remainder of the SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR (now in it's last week) as it is NOT economically feasible to continue on without transportation. Tough break for ARSIS, whom are a great melodic tech/death metal band btw. Catch ARSIS on tour (in the USA) with ENSLAVED later this year in November and December.


“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve been forced to drop off the Summer Slaughter Tour. I do apologize to ALL the fans that missed seeing us. To make a long story short, everything was going great for us until we reached Sacramento, California. After that show, our van began to give us trouble - which surprised us since the van had just been in for repairs twice before the tour even started and we were sure the problem had been fixed. So we took the van in to the nearest dealership, were told the problem could be resolved in 3 days, and decided to wait in Sacramento until the van was fixed. It’s now over 2 WEEKS LATER and the van STILL hasn’t been repaired. Unfortunately, it’s already too late for us to rent a vehicle. We’ve gone broke paying for hotels. Van rental fees + the cost of gas would have cost us a fortune to catch up to the tour. Please understand that we made the best decision we could with the information we were given. Unfortunately, it turns out we made the wrong decision.”
Offers to assist with lodging, gas card gift donation pledges, and general well-wishes for the band can be left here.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal, BBL with more \m/ -l-